Las Vegas Visitors Guide to Nevada Recreational Marijuana
Nevada State Laws Concerning Recreational Cannabis Around Las Vegas
For almost three years, medical marijuana was legalized in various regions of the state of Nevada. However, recreational marijuana sales only started in specific areas of the state at the beginning of July 2017 because of a law that took effect at that time; this law renders persons that are at least 21 years old and bear valid identification legally capable of purchasing the drug in those regions for recreational purposes. Critically, areas where recreational marijuana sales have been legalized include Las Vegas and Reno.
For a time, there remained regions within Nevada that banned the sales of recreational marijuana. Henderson City and the Green Valley region had previously voted to ban sales for a six month period starting in February 2017, but as of October of that year, consumers in those areas were able to purchase recreational weed from multiple pot dispensaries.
The immense tourism industry afforded to Nevada by the city of Las Vegas led to multitudes of customers interested in purchasing recreational pot, but this raised questions as to what exactly pot laws entailed for tourists and local residents alike. In truth, neither demographic strictly needs medical cards in order to legally purchase recreational pot if, as previously mentioned, they are 21 years of age and have a valid identification card. Medical cards still afford various benefits for their holders in this scenario, however, including reduced taxes.
Nevada Laws Concerning How Marijuana is Sold Around Las Vegas
Recreational marijuana is sold at two locations at or near Las Vegas that are owned by The Source NV Dispensaries. Somewhat north of the city is one dispensary located at 2550 S Rainbow Blvd #8, Las Vegas, NV 89146 in view of the Trump International Hotel. Certain other dispensaries in the state are not bound by law to offer customers the option to skip waiting in line and receive cannabis immediately for the sake of their medical needs as patients. The Source NV Las Vegas Dispensaries locations, however, offer this paid privilege to patients via medical cards.
While the local laws of the city of North Las Vegas and Henderson enable The+Source Dispensaries’ location to remain open for many hours a day, the close by dispensary near the Vegas Strip is required to close for a fews each day, beginning at 3:00 AM in the morning and ending at 7:00 AM later that morning. Nonetheless, other pot dispensaries around the Strip remain closed for longer stretches of time.
While anyone in Nevada 21 or older can buy up to a single ounce of marijuana or up to an 1/8 ounce of concentrate in a given purchase, they cannot exceed 2.5 ounces worth of usable marijuana over a 2-week period. Persons that use cannabis, however, are subject to harsher restrictions on how much they can legally carry if they have not been prescribed it as medical patients. Medical users can possess as much as 2.5 ounces of the flower itself and 10,000 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol concentrates, but for persons using it for recreational purposes, these figures drop to 1 ounce and 2,975 milligrams, respectively.
Nevada Laws Concerning When Marijuana can be Used
While locals and tourists alike can purchase recreational weed if they satisfy the requisite age and ID requirements, the odds of being able to lawfully consume the drug are heavily stacked against tourists. Pot generally can only be legally imbibed on property owned privately by residents, and it may not be imbibed in any public location on the Strip such as a bar or casino. Fines of potentially one thousand dollars can apply to persons that are caught committing the infraction. Some hotels may allow guests to consume cannabis in hotel rooms that they have booked, but similarly harsh fines and penalties – such as being expelled from the hotel – can be imposed on guests at hotels that do not do so.
In response to the formation of the laws that legalized recreational marijuana sales in Nevada, however, brand new social lounges are slowly beginning to open in the state to enable tourists that do not own private property to legally use weed. In addition to a mobile lounge named Loopr reaching Nevada, a private club named Your 420 Club opened in both Reno and Las Vegas in late 2017. An establishment named the Smokeout Club is set to launch on January 31st of this year.
Employers based in Nevada are federally afforded the right to fire employees that are caught consuming pot on the premises; however, they are not necessarily mandated to do so, and some may allow workers to imbibe the substance in certain contexts. Employees must personally consult their employers as well as their applicable Human Resources Departments if they are willing to make the risk of asking for time off for cannabis consumption in these environments.
Finally, it is no more legal in Nevada to engage in discreet usage of marijuana if it is done in public locations where standardized usage of the substance is illegal, and being caught partaking in this can still cause the imbiber to face a financial fine. Lacing food with small infusions of cannabis can be grounds for a ticket if caught, and so can being caught consuming it via a vaporizer pen.
Nevada Marijuana Laws Relating to Vehicles
The legal restriction that marijuana in Nevada can only be used in private property does not enable a user to consume it inside their parked car. Even though a vehicle is legally categorized as its owner’s property, state law stipulates that pot consumption in a vehicle is indeed against the law.
Another state marijuana law that pertains to vehicles stipulates that the substance can be transported within a vehicle, but only if the substance is stored out of the reach of both the driver and any minors in the car, such as within the trunk. Even then, if the weed is not stored within a tightly sealed receptacle, the owner is technically punishable for open-container infractions. Regardless, it is against federal law to transport marijuana from any one state into another, regardless of which state the substance was legally purchased in and which state it would be brought into, so the substance can neither be brought into nor out of the state of Nevada.
Police officers in Las Vegas are legally allowed to pull over any motorist that is engaged in erratic driving and order the motorist to submit to a blood test. Besides alcohol levels, an officer will also be actively measuring cannabis levels within the motorist’s blood stream. If a given milliliter of blood contains at least two nanograms of cannabis or five nanograms of its metabolite, or the officer has otherwise deemed that the motorist has used enough weed that he or she is not capable of maintaining safe physical control of the vehicle itself, the motorist will be cited with a DUI.
The passage of the laws that enabled recreational cannabis to be sold in Las Vegas as of July 1, 2017 resulted in lengthy lines and jubilation outside The+Source dispensary location at 2550 S Rainbow Blvd #8, Las Vegas, NV 89146 near the Las Vegas Strip when that date arrived. Then on a later date in Henderson Nevada at 9480 S Eastern Ave #185, Henderson, NV 89123.
It was the first day in which the substance would be legal to sell and purchase for recreational purposes within the bounds of the city, and despite continued tight regulations on cannabis’ sales and possession, the crowds showcased a demographic eager to take advantage of its newfound legalization.