Recreational marijuana use was legalized in the state of Nevada in 2017. This decision regulated the sale of cannabis products in Nevada, allowing licensed dispensaries to sell such products (with much of the revenue contributing to state expenses) and consumers to use marijuana without penalty.
The legalization of recreational marijuana gives consumers the authorization to use cannabis, free of harsh legal consequences that were in place before the law passed. However, there are still some parameters in which marijuana use is regulated in Nevada.
Consumers Must Be at Least 21 Years Old
Much like national alcohol laws, people must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and use marijuana. People under the age of 21 found using marijuana, buying it with a fake ID, or those who have purchased marijuana for an underage person, can face legal repercussions. For the underage person, they can be charged with a misdemeanor and be required to pay hundreds of dollars in fines. Someone who has given marijuana to a person under the age of 21 is guilty of a misdemeanor, with the crime being considered a gross misdemeanor if the minor is under the age of 18.
Using Marijuana in Public
Marijuana use is legal in Nevada, however, it is still not allowed in public spaces — even in dispensaries. Using marijuana in a public place is a misdemeanor and can result in up to a $600 fine.
The laws in Nevada legally permit marijuana use in a private setting. The law does not overrule the wishes of property owners, and home marijuana use is still subject to regulation from landlords. If your lease includes a clause prohibiting marijuana use on the property, you can face any of the consequences outlined in that agreement.
Growing Cannabis Plants
Under Nevada law, it is legal to grow marijuana privately, in the home, if there is not a dispensary within 25 miles. Each person living in the house is allowed to grow up to six plants, but the number of plants in the home cannot exceed 12. The plants must be hidden, grown in a locked room or greenhouse, and will be subject to the discretion of the property owner.
Growing cannabis illegally can result in fines and misdemeanor status, or a felony after the fourth violation. State legal penalties can also be coupled with other consequences if you are not able to grow marijuana in your home, as defined by your landlord or property owner.
Driving Under the Influence
It is illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana, and passenger use is also prohibited. According to Nevada Law, you cannot use marijuana in a moving vehicle. The processes and penalties associated with a marijuana DUI are similar to driving while under the influence of alcohol.
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The relatively new legality of marijuana in Nevada, along with the ever-changing laws that are the norm for the industry, leaves some room for error. If you have violated any of Nevada’s marijuana regulations, attorney Ken Stover is available to discuss your case.