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Legal Cannabis in Nevada: What to Know

June 30, 2017
(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)
The wait is finally over: legal cannabis has come to Nevada! The first official sales will kick off at midnight on July 1, 2017 at Reef Dispensaries on Western Avenue, just west of the Las Vegas strip. State Senator Tick Segerblom, one of the leading proponents for legalization, will be the first legal cannabis customer.

Now that the big day has come and cannabis sales will officially be legal in the Battle Born State, brush up on Nevada’s guidelines, including who can purchase product, how much you’re allowed to buy, and more.


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Leafly Nevada legal cannabis guidelines

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Who can purchase cannabis?

Anyone 21 years of age and older, with a valid government-issued identification.

How much cannabis can I purchase?

Up to one ounce of cannabis flower and up to 3.5 grams of cannabis concentrates.

Can I legally grow my own cannabis?

If you’re a Nevada resident, yes, you may, but only if you live more than 25 miles from the nearest retail store. An adult may grow up to six plants in an enclosed, secure space, with up to 12 plants per household 25+ miles from the nearest retail cannabis store.

Can I consume cannabis in public?

Do not consume cannabis in public or in a moving vehicle. It’s also illegal to consume cannabis in casinos or hotels.


Public Cannabis Consumption Laws: A State-By-State Guide

Where can I use cannabis?

Consume cannabis responsibly in private residences.

What is the penalty for public consumption of cannabis?

Smoking cannabis in public is punishable by a $600 ticket.

If I visit Nevada from out of state, can I bring cannabis back home with me?

No, transporting cannabis across state lines is illegal. Don’t do it!


Can You Legally Transport Cannabis Across State Lines?

How will the legal market affect me as a medical marijuana patient?

In-state and out-of-state medical marijuana patients will still be able to visit dispensaries, and will be exempt from the state’s 10% excise tax on cannabis sales. The adult-use regulations will be very similar to those currently in place, but the Nevada Department of Taxation will now be in charge of overseeing the program, rather than the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Can I drive with cannabis?

You may legally transport cannabis in your car, but smoking cannabis in a car could earn you a DUI charge, including jail time and a fine ranging from $400 to $2,000.

How much will retail cannabis cost?

Marijuana sold by retail shops will have be subject to a 10% excise tax at the point of sale.


Nevada Lawmakers Set Cannabis Tax: 10% Retail, 15% Wholesale

For more information, check out Nevada’s Retail Marijuana section, and read up on the latest Nevada news!

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  • FlunkedAgain

    Massachusetts will be joining the club next year.

    Is a port-a-potty a residence? By it’s nature, it’s not public.

    • FATSAC

      A port-a-potty is normally just a small portable toilet so no but if you had an actual covered outhouse or covered port-a-potty than yes it would do in a pinch. This is considering you own the land/port-a-potty or the owner has approved.

    • Two Bears

      Good point!

  • Two Bears

    Theres another brick in the wall for cannabis.

    It will be harder and harder for states to say no to Cannabis.

    • David Matin

      Not Arizona. All these stiffs have their heads so far up there butts it’s crazy.

      • Two Bears

        Its only a matter of time before decriminalization or legalization happens

  • 360dunk

    Nice article, but it has one glaring mistake which could be costly to the uninformed. No, you cannot grow marijuana legally in Nevada if you live within 25 miles of a dispensary. And since there will be 80 dispensaries in Clark County alone, the vast majority of Nevadans live within 25 miles of one.

    • Craig T. Morris

      You must not know how to read, it says verbatim, if you’re a Nevada resident, yes, you may, but only if you live more than 25 miles from the nearest retail store.

      • 360dunk

        You waited 5 months to respond to a comment that nobody else will read….brilliant. Then you basically repeated what I said in an attempt to refute it. Damn, you’re dense.

  • ProfStar

    Interesting article… So, it seems there is nowhere for a visitor to go to use Cannabis. Period. Unless they have a home there. You cannot take it home if you live elsewhere? This is the UNITED States… Or, is it? Well, no not really.

    Consumption is never allowed in your vehicle? That kinda makes sense for the driver, not for the passengers.

    It’s immediately obvious these Nevada laws are a very screwed up thing : / I hope Nevada figures out – and soon – this is completely wrong, and way past that gray area where it “might” be really stupid to do things this way… It is crazy stupid to do this to your visitors. Their laws are going to force people to be sneaky and dishonest. Fix this, Nevada! You are about to make criminals out of common, fun loving people who are otherwise good and decent people. Or, is that your plan?

    • purplediamond

      Our legislators have no clue what they are doing when it comes to cannabis.

    • They could tow a camper van into the state and smoke it there while detached from the car

      • FLW

        That would be good for my medical condition, but then my 2001 Civic would start having seizures.

        Still, an interesting idea. A new industry — daily rentals, even if a new transaction has to be invented where you agree to buy the house (or whatever) for some number of days for a specified price, and sell it back when you’re done for a specified price, minus damages you party animal.

        • You party animal xD

          Found that really funny 😀

    • Bon Mot

      How would they stop you from taking edibles in your car or hotel or anywhere for that matter?

  • IgnoreTheFools

    Does Laughlin sell pot for rec. use now?

    • Erin Carter

      Only Las Vegas and Reno right now.

      • Craig T. Morris

        Henderson also just approved Recreational sales about 3 weeks ago.

  • Omar Paul Jr.

    Please note that you can not grow if you live within 25 miles of a dispensary. So in Las Vegas, you practically would not be able to grow.

    • Two Bears

      Arizona has the same 25 mile from dispensary rule if you want to grow your own medicine. Thats why i live at 40th and plum (40 miles from town and plumb in the sticks )

      I am an MMJ patient for Crohns disease. MMJ is literally a GOD SEND for me.

      I have only had three minor flares in the last 13 months. In 6 more days i will be flare free for 5 months.

      Everything Dr’s prescribed didn’t work, made things worse or i couldn’t afford it.

      Buds helped be go 6-8 weeks between flares. But i never got consistent relief until i left buds for concentrates like Kief and shatter.

  • Dane

    Does anybody know if I can use my California Medical Recommendation to purchase medical cannabis in Nevada?

    • Erin Carter

      Yes you can

    • disqus_ITWITHJAY

      Yes you can. It is one of few if not the only state that I know of that accepts out of state cards. Before recreational, you had to fill out a form for out of state patients with your address and so on, now most places just verify your card and walk you in.

    • purplediamond

      It is ALSO supposed to get you to the front of the line. Only benefit besides a mere 10% savings in taxes.

      • Craig T. Morris

        It isn’t just a mere 10% difference for medical card holders in Nevada. At Canopy north an 1/8th for Recreational on the silver menu is $31.50 out the Door, for Medical it’s only $23 out the door! Doesn’t seem mere to me! You post a bunch of super wrong info, DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS GUY!

  • FLW

    Some time in the future, after someone is convicted of aggressive driving, the “punishment” will be to have a breath-a-lizer installed in their car, so that the engine won’t start UNTIL the driver has smoked sufficient Cannabis.

    And they shall beat their highways into hiking trails, and there shall be no more smog anymore.

    Make that “public hiking trails.” And it won’t be against the law to use Cannabis while you’re on the trails.

    Although at this stage of my life, while waiting for Cannabis to be legalized in Long Island, I think I would go for edibles. Over the years, I’ve argued plenty against the smoke from tobacco. So eating something infused, with a calibrated amount of highness, without the possibility of bothering someone nearby who’s breathing, edibles seems like a perfectly fine way to go.

    And finally, just to be argumentative, lets say you’re in Nevada and the temperature outside is 110 degrees. You’re home, and you have all your windows open so the indoor temperature won’t go higher than 110. Then you light up a very smoky joint. Three minutes later, your neighbor, who’s a 7th Day Inventist Mormon, smells it. My point is that the “law” which only allows smoking at home is wrong about it protecting every sensitive nose in society, and is therefore an arbitrary law.

    In summary, the real way to handle smoking “in public,” like all the laws with penalties, is Don’t Get Caught. And try to light up in a place with some kind of obstructed view, just in case there are security cameras around.

    Sorry, this is screwed up. Do I understand that it’s still legal to smoke tobacco in public? But not Cannabis?