All You Need To Know About Las Vegas Marijuana Laws
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Nevada voted to legalize recreational cannabis sales in November 2016, but dispensaries didn’t open their doors until Saturday, July 1st, 2017.
Now that cannabis is completely legal in Nevada, users are budding with questions; who can legally buy weed? How much can users buy at a time? What are the laws about possession, cultivation, etc?
Read on to find out all there is to know about Nevada’s new legal cannabis market and Las Vegas marijuana laws.
Who Can Buy Cannabis In Nevada?
Any adult aged 21+ with a government-issued photo ID can purchase up to 1 ounce of cannabis flowers or 3.5 grams of cannabis concentrate (such as wax and shatter) or edibles in Nevada.
This includes tourists, who are expected to make up almost 60% of cannabis consumers (by sales volume) in the state.
How Much Does Cannabis Cost?
All legal cannabis sales in Nevada are subject to a 10% excise tax and an 8.25% sales tax at the point of sale. Registered US medical marijuana patients are exempt from the 10% excise tax.
Prices will vary from one dispensary to another and also depend on the quality of the cannabis products on sale. For example, some dispensaries might sell a 1/8th of flower for around $40, while others will sell a quarter for the same price.
The same goes for extracts; prices vary greatly across various dispensaries and cities and also depend on the quality of the products on offer.
What’s The Deal With Edibles?
Note that Nevada made last minute changes to its laws on edibles in late June. The following edible products are not allowed to be sold for recreational use under these changes.
- Any products that contain any more than 10 milligrams of THC per dose or more than 100 milligrams of THC per package.
- Any products that appear to be lollipops, ice cream or are modeled after a brand of products marketed to children.
- Any products that look like real or fictional characters or cartoons.
- Any products that apply THC to candy or snack foods other than dried fruit, nuts or granola.
- Any cookie or brownie products that are not in a sealed, opaque bag.
- Any products that have images of cartoon characters, action figures, toys, balloons or mascots on the labeling.
What About Cultivation; Can You Grow Weed In Nevada?
Yes, the cultivation of cannabis is legal in Nevada. Residents of Nevada aged over 21 can grow up to 6 plants per person, while every household can grow up to 12 plants at a time. Plants must be grown in an enclosed and secure space.
Cultivation is still punishable to some extent.
For example, growing 12 or more plants a felony and is punishable by between 1 and 4 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.
Cultivating of between 100 and 2000 pounds of cannabis is also a felony. Punishment is between 1 and 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.
The penalties for growing between 2000 and 10,000 pounds are between 2 and 10 years imprisonment plus a fine of up to $50,000.
Finally, growing 10,000 pounds or more is punishable by up to life imprisonment and a fine up to $200,000.
Where Can You Consume Cannabis In Nevada?
The consumption of cannabis is legal in private residences. It is illegal, however, to consume cannabis in public, in a business (including casinos and hotels), or in a vehicle.
Some hotels may allow cannabis consumption on their own terms. However, consuming in gaming facilities is definitely off the books, given that cannabis is still a schedule 1 drug and the federal government has been known to interfere with the state’s rights/laws in these areas.
Consuming cannabis in public is punishable by a $600 fine. Consuming in a vehicle will land you a DUI, jail time and a fine ranging from $400 to $2,000.
Can You Drive With Cannabis In the Car In Nevada?
Yes, it is legal to transport cannabis in a car in Nevada. It is recommended to store cannabis in a safe in the trunk of the car or you may be subject to a DUI field sobriety test.
Can You Travel In/Out Of Nevada With Marijuana?
No. It is illegal to transport cannabis across Nevada state lines. Cannabis is still a federally controlled substance and anyone found transporting the substance across state lines is breaking federal law and Las Vegas marijuana laws.
How Much Money Will Nevada Make From Selling Weed?
The legal cannabis market in Nevada is expected to be one of the largest in the US, eventually overtaking that of Oregon, Washington, and even Colorado.
The state is expected to generate between $390 million and $480 million in annual recreational marijuana sales taxes between 2018 and 2024.
Close to 60% of these sales are expected to go to the millions of tourists that flock to Nevada’s cities every year.
How Many Jobs Will This Create?
According to RCG Economics, the new legal cannabis market in Nevada is expected to generate over 6,200 new full-time positions. This is expected to generate over $260 million in total labor income and over $1 billion in new economic activity.
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