Nevada Marijuana Laws
Is Marijuana Legal In Las Vegas And Nevada?
Yes, medical marijuana use is legal in Nevada since 2001 with the passage of Assembly Bill 453. After that, in 2013 the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act (NMMA) went into effect, establishing a regulated system for medical marijuana cultivation, production, distribution, and use.
How Much Medical Cannabis Can I Buy And Possess In Nevada?
In Nevada, medical marijuana patients are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis in a 14-day period.
To become a medical marijuana patient in Nevada, one must first be evaluated by a licensed medical marijuana doctor who can determine if the patient meets the state’s qualifying medical conditions for cannabis usage.
Can I Grow My Own Marijuana Plants?
Yes, in Nevada, medical cannabis patients who are at least 21 years old and have a valid registry identification card are allowed to grow their own marijuana plants for personal medical use. The maximum number of plants per patient is 12, and they must be grown in a secure and enclosed area that is not visible from a public place. It’s important to note that patients who choose to grow their own cannabis plants must comply with state regulations and local zoning laws.
Who Is Eligible To Use Medical Marijuana In Nevada?
In Nevada, only patients who have a qualifying medical condition and possess a valid Nevada Medical Marijuana Registry card are allowed to purchase and use medical marijuana. The qualifying conditions include the following:
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Severe pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures, including without limitation, seizures caused by epilepsy
- Persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
Where Can I Use My Medical Marijuana Products?
As per Nevada state law, marijuana consumption is only permitted on private property. Public places such as parks, sidewalks, and streets are strictly off-limits for consuming marijuana. However, in 2021, a new bill was signed authorizing cannabis consumption lounges.
Can I Gift Someone Marijuana?
You are allowed to give up to one ounce of marijuana to another person who is 21 years of age or older as a gift, without facing any legal consequences. However, it is important to note that this exchange must be a true gift and not involve any repayment or compensation, as that would be considered an illegal sale of marijuana.
Does Nevada Recognize Medical Cannabis Patients From Other States?
Yes, Nevada does recognize medical cannabis patients with valid registry identification cards issued by other states. However, out-of-state patients are only allowed to possess and use medical cannabis in Nevada for a maximum of 30 days from the time of their arrival. They must also abide by all the rules and regulations of Nevada’s medical cannabis card.
Driving with Cannabis
It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana in Nevada. If you are caught driving under the influence of marijuana, you can be charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUI). If you have to have cannabis in your vehicle it must be stored in a sealed container and kept away from the driver and any minors who may be in the car.
It’s important to note that transporting marijuana products to other states, even if cannabis is legal in those states, is against federal law.
Can A Minor Use Medical Cannabis?
Yes. Minor patients under 18 years old can be registered as medical cannabis patients in Nevada but only with written consent from their parents/legal guardian and only if they have a qualifying debilitating condition. The parents/legal guardians must also act as designated primary caregivers for the minor patients.
Do I Have To Tell My Landlord I Am A Medical Cannabis Patient?
There’s no law that requires you to inform your landlord about being a medical marijuana patient. However, the use of medical cannabis is legal only with permission from your landlord and it is legal for them to evict you on that basis.
Can I Get Fired For Being A Medical Marijuana Patient?
The Nevada Medical Marijuana Act specifies that employers are not required to accommodate employees who use medical marijuana, even if the user is outside of work hours or off the employer’s premises.
This means that an employer can still take disciplinary action against an employee who tests positive for cannabis use, even if the employee has a valid medical marijuana card.
It is important for medical marijuana patients to carefully consider whether or not to disclose this information to their employer. It may be beneficial to consult with an attorney to fully understand their rights and the potential consequences of disclosure.
Is My Status As A Medical Cannabis Patient Confidential?
Yes. In Nevada, the medical marijuana registry is maintained by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) and is considered confidential under state law. The confidentiality provisions of the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act prohibit the DPBH from disclosing any identifying information about registered medical marijuana patients except as required by law.
However, it’s important to note that some employees may be required to disclose their medical marijuana card status to their employer, such as those working in safety-sensitive positions, as employers have the responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for all employees.
Can Nevada Patients Have Caregivers?
Yes, as a registered medical cannabis patient in Nevada, you can designate a caregiver to assist you in obtaining and using medical cannabis.
A designated caregiver must be at least 21 years old and cannot have been convicted of a drug-related offense. They must complete an application with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) and undergo a criminal background check before they can be registered as a caregiver.
Once registered, the caregiver will be authorized to purchase and possess medical cannabis on behalf of the patient. They can also assist the patient with administering medical cannabis, such as helping them to prepare or ingest cannabis products.
It’s important to note that a caregiver may only assist one patient at a time unless the caregiver is providing care to two or more patients who are related by blood or marriage.
Where Can I Purchase Medical Cannabis In Nevada?
You can only purchase medical cannabis from a state-licensed cannabis dispensary.
What Forms Of Medical Cannabis Products Are Legal In Nevada?
There are many forms of medical cannabis that you can purchase and use. These include
- Flower – The dried and cured cannabis plant material that can be smoked or vaporized.
- Concentrates – Products made from the extraction of the active compounds in the cannabis plant, such as oils, waxes, and shatters. These are typically used in vaporizers or as an ingredient in edibles.
- Edibles – Cannabis-infused food and beverage products.
- Topicals – Cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and salves that are applied to the skin.
- Tinctures – Liquid cannabis extracts that are usually placed under the tongue.