Is Marijuana Legal in Nevada?

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Nevada is a pro-marijuana state and has been so for a while. Its marijuana industry is fast evolving and possession laws are not as restrictive as many other states. Overall, there are many positives to cannabis legalization in this state. For instance, the possession threshold for decriminalization appears reasonable.  However, it would seem that more can be done to improve the industry for both consumers and advocates. The following explores all that you need to know about cannabis legalization in Nevada.

Is weed legal in Nevada?

Yes, the recreational possession and consumption of cannabis are legal in Nevada.

When did weed become legal in Nevada?

Recreational possession and consumption of weed became legal in Nevada in July 2017 after it was approved by voters in November 2016.

Are edibles legal in Nevada?

Yes, like other forms of recreational cannabis, edibles are legal in the state.

Is medical marijuana legal in Nevada?

Yes, medical marijuana has been legal in Nevada since 2000, although sales didn’t start until 2015.

How to get medical marijuana in Nevada

Medical marijuana can be purchased from state-backed dispensaries spread across Nevada. Fortunately, patients do not need to physically visit dispensaries in Nevada as some offer delivery and curbside pickup services.

Can I go to a dispensary without a card in Nevada?

No, you’ll need to be duly registered on the state’s medical marijuana registry and present a medical marijuana card at a dispensary when you purchase medical cannabis.

How long does it take to get your medical card in Nevada?

The entire process takes around 30 days to get your medical marijuana card in Nevada.

Does Nevada accept out-of-state MMJ cards?

Yes, Nevada accepts out-of-state medical marijuana cards. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) authorizes dispensaries to sell medical marijuana to patients with out-of-state MMJ cards.

Marijuana bills/laws in Nevada & key questions

Marijuana has been legal in Nevada for more than two decades. The state’s journey started in 2000 when voters passed the Medical Use of Marijuana Act (Question 9). This essentially legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in Nevada. Question 9 also made it legal for patients to grow marijuana at home and created the patient registry system. Although medical marijuana was legalized in 2000 in Nevada, legal sales did not start until 2015.

Shortly after medical marijuana sales commenced in Nevada, voters again passed the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (Question 2) in 2016. This Act made it legal for adults 21 and over in Nevada to purchase and consume cannabis for recreational purposes across the state.

How much marijuana can I have in Nevada? (in oz)

Recreational cannabis users in Nevada can possess up to an ounce of normal cannabis including edibles and flowers. They can also possess up to 3.5grams of cannabis concentrates. Meanwhile, medical marijuana patients can possess up to 2.5 ounces of regular cannabis like edibles, flowers, and topicals every two weeks.

Is Marijuana decriminalized in Nevada?

Yes, marijuana is decriminalized in Nevada for small amounts.

Is there a fine or penalty for marijuana possession in Nevada?

Yes, although marijuana possession is legal in Nevada, you could be fined up to $600 for consuming it in public.

How many cannabis plants per household in Nevada?

Medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow up to 12 plants for medicinal use only. Recreational consumers are also permitted to grow up to 6 marijuana plants at home or 12 per household. However, recreational users are only allowed to grow if they live more than 25 miles from a state-licensed dispensary.

Nevada dispensaries regulations

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) regulates and licenses dispensaries across the state.

Nevada growers regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) also regulates and licenses the commercial growing of marijuana in the state.

Closing thoughts

With both medical and recreational marijuana legal in Nevada, it’s fair to say that it’s a pro-marijuana state. However, like many other fully legal states, there are still many improvements that could give the industry a breath of fresh air. For instance, the decriminalized possession threshold, recreational limits, and expungement of records are some of the ways that Nevada’s current marijuana landscape could be improved. 

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