At the stroke of midnight, Nevada began its recreational cannabis program. While municipalities Henderson, Sparks and Carson City will be out of the mix for now, residents and visitors to Reno and Las Vegas will officially be able to legally purchase cannabis without a medical marijuana card. If you’re looking to hit a Nevada dispensary and get in on the action, here are a few things you should know.
1. Legal weed in Nevada can only be sold to adults 21+
Californians who only have to be 18 won’t be able to purchase here if they are within that three-year age gap. Be sure to bring your government-issued id card along with you.
2. Expect slight price hikes for retail cannabis
Recreational will have a 10 percent excise tax included within its retail price.
3. Public consumption is banned
No Strip consumption is allowed. This means casinos, bars, hotels, nightclubs, festivals, concerts, public sidewalks or in and around dispensaries. Public consumption can land you with a $600 fine here in the valley.
Cannabis can only be consumed in private residences (including driveways, patios and front porches) so tourists better make friends with Nevada residents or attend a Cannabis Tour in order to partake freely for now.
4. Nevada law allows for personal possession of up to 1oz of marijuana or up to 1/8 of cannabis concentrate
Recreational purchases will NOT be tracked, however if law enforcement finds more than one ounce in your possession, you will be subject to a misdemeanor charge and a $600 fine.
5. Expect edible restrictions
In an effort to protect Nevada’s youth, emergency legislation was approved to ban the recreational sale of edibles that contain more that 10mg per dose and 100mg per package. If some of your favorite edibles have cartoons, balloons or anything that might appeal to children on the labeling, don’t expect to see them on the shelves.
You also won’t be able to get lollipops, several other candies, and snack foods. But most other desserts like cookies and brownies will still be available for purchase.
6. Bring cash only
Medical marijuana patients are accustomed to this, but if you’re new to visiting a dispensary, remember that they only accept cash so be sure to bring enough along with you. It’s not a bad idea to check out the menu of your dispensary of choice ahead of time. My advice is to bring about 10 percent more cash with you than what is displayed online to account for additional taxes.
7. Don’t drive while high
Especially if you’re new to weed. People with higher tolerances may be able to function better on the road, but that still doesn’t make it a good idea. Like in other places, DUI testing in Nevada is still abysmal.
Law enforcement testing for cannabis impairment is unfortunately still based on antiquated standards. A DUI here can get your driver’s license revoked, a minimum of two days jail time and a minimum $400 fine. Las Vegas a, in particular, icular are littered with Uber, Lyft and Taxi drivers, so if you plan to consume marijuana you’ve got lots of safe options.