Nevada’s famous Las Vegas “Sin City” is known for its tolerance of taboo activities, and now they can add recreational marijuana to their list of vices available in the city! Medicinal cannabis was legalized on November 7th, 2000, but the first medical marijuana dispensaries were not opened until the summer of 2015. Initiative Petition 1, which legalized marijuana use for anyone over the age of 21, was passed on November 8th 2016.
Weed was decriminalized in Nevada, but now is entirely legal for adults. This means that the penalties for possession and distribution are greatly reduced from what they are in other parts of the country.
In 2013, more than a decade after voters approved a medical marijuana initiative, the Nevada Legislature finally voted in favor of safe, regulated access to medical cannabis. In addition to allowing medical cannabis dispensaries, the revised law provides protections for some out-of-state patients and increases cultivation and possession limits. Unfortunately, it also prohibits some patients from growing their own medicine.
NOTE: Nevada is slightly stricter about cause for DUI charges. While the rest of the West Coast has set a legal limit of 5 Nanograms/mL of blood, in Nevada it is 2 Nanograms/ml. Also, cultivation of marijuana without a medical card is a felony.
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Nevada Marijuana Dispensaries
Nevada Frequently Asked Questions:
Is Marijuana legal in Nevada?
As of November 8th 2016, yes, marijuana is legal both for medical patients and for recreational use by adults. Medical marijuana cards can be obtained from specific doctors in the state.
How to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Vegas:
There are many steps to getting a medical marijuana card in Vegas. First, you need to fill out and mail a registry request along with a check or money order for $25.00 made payable to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health. Second, you must to get approval from a Nevada Licensed Physician. For more information visit the Nevada Department of Health website or contact them using the information below:
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
ATTN: Medical Marijuana Program – Cardholders/Caregivers
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104
Carson City, Nevada 89706
Contact Phone No.: 775-687-7594
Fax No.: 775-684-4156
Can I get my Medical Marijuana if I am not a Nevada Resident?
Yes. Out-of-state residents may obtain a medical marijuana card in Nevada if they meet all of the following conditions:
- The non-resident has a valid, non-expired medical marijuana card from his/her home state, and
- The non-resident’s home state exempts cardholders from criminal prosecution for medical marijuana use, and
- The law of the non-resident’s home state requires that physicians advise patients that medical marijuana use may help their symptoms as a precondition to the state issuing patients a medical marijuana card, and
- The non-resident’s home state maintains a database through which Nevada authorities may verify his/her card’s validity. (NRS 372A)
Note that the non-resident must abide by Nevada’s rules regarding quotas for possessing medical marijuana. It is irrelevant whether his/her home state allows cardholders to possess more medical marijuana than Nevada does.
Where can I buy marijuana?
If you are a Nevada resident with a Medical Marijuana Card, you can visit any of the dispensaries in Nevada. See our Nevada Marijuana Retail Map & Directory for a list of licensed providers. Recreational shops should open in the state in the near future, so be sure to check the list of retailers as it is updated with the addition of rec shops.
What do you need to purchase cannabis in marijuana shop?
To currently purchase marijuana legally, you need a medical marijuana card, which you can get from specific licensed doctors in the state.
Once recreational marijuana shops open in the state, adults over the age of 21 will be able to legally purchase cannabis!
What types of marijuana will the stores sell?
You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best marijuana for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.
Dispensaries will also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:
- Concentrates: essential oils of the cannabis plant. Warning: these can be very potent!
- Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
- Transdermal Products (Topicals): creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
- Seeds: seeds that can be used to grow your own marijuana plants. Stores will have many different strains of Indicas and Sativas.
- Clones: healthy seedlings that are ready be grown.
How much will it cost?
The price of marijuana depends on strain and quality, but you can expect marijuana prices to be between $10 and $30 per gram.
How much Marijuana can I buy?
With your Nevada Medical Marijuana Card, you are allowed to possess 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis. With a medical card, you may purchase 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks.
We’re still unsure what limits will be placed on recreational users as the law just passed, but we will let you know as soon as we know more! You can assume that adults will be allowed to possess up to one ounce of usable marijuana.
Can I grow my own Marijuana?
Patients who live within 25 miles of a medical marijuana dispensary may not grow their own plants without a special exemption from the state. If a patient lives more than 25 miles away from a dispensary, they may grow up to 12 plants as long as they register their address with the state. Because Initiative Petition 1 was passed on the eighth of November, adults over the age of 21 may be allowed to cultivate their own plants. Only time will tell!
Where can I consume my recent purchase?
Legally, you can only consume in private and Nevada is quite strict on this rule. We do not recommend breaking this law in any way, even though Initiative Petition 1 was passed on the eighth of November – keep your marijuana consumption to private property.
Someone is offering me a Dab, what should I do?
Dabs are often compared to the hard liquor of the cannabis world, and can be found in many forms. Dabs are the essential oils and waxes of the cannabis plant that are extracted and concentrated into a potent wax form. They are known for their high concentration of THC. Smoking a dab is much stronger than smoking flowers. If you are not a regular cannabis consumer with a high tolerance, we recommend using extreme caution.
If you’re considering purchasing or doing a dab, it is also important to know what is in the essential oil being offered or sold and if it is safe. Many extracts may not have been purged correctly, and may contain residual amounts of butane or other solvents. CO2 oil is often noted as the safest oil because critical extraction machines that use CO2 as the only solvent extract it. If Initiative Petition 1 is passed on the eighth of November, the public will likely have access to clean and tested concentrates through state licensed retail shops.
Read more about BHO and Concentrates here: “What’s the Buzz about BHO”
What do I do if I walk up on an illegal outdoor grow in a National Forest?
If you suspect you may be close to a marijuana grow site, be quiet and leave the area immediately — do not investigate any further or try to see what it is.
Marijuana is big business in Nevada and California, and illegal growers have been known to use violence or kill if they feel threatened or think their crop is at risk. Outdoor cultivation on National Forest land is illegal and many times growers in these regions are associated with organized crime. If Initiative Petition 1 is passed on the eighth of November, hopefully the demand for “black market” grass will drop significantly, and these illegal grows will grow fewer.
When will new Marijuana Laws take place in Nevada?
The effective date for marijuana to be legalized recreationally in Nevada will be January 1, 2017, so hopefully rec shops start to open around then!
When will state licensed stores open up?
This question is completely up in the air and up to the determination of the state control board. Because the law is modeled after Colorado Law, we can anticipate stores opening up January 1, 2018.
Are there marijuana tours in Nevada?
There currently are no recreational marijuana tours, but some will likely be popping up soon with the recent legalization of recreational cannabis. More information on Nevada Marijuana Tours can be found here!
If marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level, but as long as you follow the rules for marijuana in Nevada, state and local authorities will not have any issues with you.
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Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area.
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