Nevada’s famous Las Vegas “Sin City” is known for its tolerance of taboo activities, and now they can add recreational cannabis to their list of vices available in the city! Medicinal cannabis was legalized on November 7th, 2000, but the first medical cannabis dispensaries were not opened until the summer of 2015. Initiative Petition 1, which legalized cannabis use for anyone over the age of 21, was also passed on November 8th, 2016.

Recreational Cannabis sales are currently being made, go out and get yourself some primo Nevada cannabis products! Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom made the state’s first recreational purchase at Reef’s Las Vegas Strip location at midnight, and adults over the age of 21 are lining up around the state to take part in history!

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. If you find yourself in a pinch with the law.

In 2013, more than a decade after voters approved a medical cannabis 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 a 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, the cultivation of cannabis without a medical card is a felony.

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Nevada Frequently Asked Questions:

Is cannabis legal in Nevada?

As of November 8th, 2016, yes, cannabis is legal both for medical patients and for recreational use by adults. Medical cannabis cards can be obtained from specific doctors in the state. Recreational sales began July 1, 2017, so if you’re over the age of 21, get out there and buy your cannabis products with pride!


How to get a Medical Cannabis Card in Vegas:

There are many steps to getting a medical cannabis 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 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 cannabis 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 cannabis if I am not a Nevada Resident?

Yes. Out-of-state residents may obtain a medical cannabis card in Nevada if they meet all of the following conditions:

  • The non-resident has a valid, non-expired medical cannabis card from his/her home state, and
  • The non-resident’s home state exempts cardholders from criminal prosecution for medical cannabis use, and
  • The law of the non-resident’s home state requires that physicians advise patients that medical cannabis use may help their symptoms as a precondition to the state issuing patients a medical cannabis 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 cannabis. It is irrelevant whether his/her home state allows cardholders to possess more medical cannabis than Nevada does.

Where can I buy cannabis?

If you are a Nevada resident with a Medical cannabis Card, you can visit any of the dispensaries in Nevada. See our Nevada cannabis Retail Map & Directory for a list of licensed providers. Recreational shops just opened their doors as well, so be sure to check our directory and map to find the nearest legal rec shop!

What do you need to purchase cannabis in a cannabis shop?

To currently purchase cannabis legally, you need a medical cannabis card, which you can get from specifically licensed doctors in the state, or you can purchase recreational cannabis as long as you are over the age of 21!

What types of cannabis 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 cannabis 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 cannabis 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 cannabis plants. Stores will have many different strains of Indicas and Sativas.
  • Clones: healthy seedlings that are ready to be grown.

How much will it cost?

The price of cannabis depends on strain and quality, but you can expect cannabis prices to be between $10 and $30 per gram.

How much cannabis can I buy?

With your Nevada Medical cannabis 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 cannabis.

Can I grow my own cannabis?

In some cases, yes! Adults who live within 25 miles of a medical cannabis dispensary may not grow their own plants without a special exemption from the state, but if a person 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. These lucky individuals may only have 6/12 plants in flower at one time. What a country!

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 cannabis 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 the cannabis grow site, be quiet and leave the area immediately — do not investigate any further or try to see what it is.

cannabis 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.

When will state-licensed stores open up?

Recreational shops opened Saturday, July 1, 2017, less than 8 months after legalization occurred. Viva Las Vegas!!

Are there cannabis tours in Nevada?

There currently are no recreational cannabis tours, but some will likely be popping up soon with the recent legalization of recreational cannabis. More information on Nevada cannabis Tours can be found here!

If cannabis 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 cannabis in Nevada, state and local authorities will not have any issues with you.

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