Under Nevada law, recreational marijuana is legal (as well as medical marijuana). Adults over the age of 21 years may possess and use recreational marijuana. However, there are limits on the amount of marijuana you can buy and possess, where you can use marijuana, and prohibitions on operating motor vehicles while under the influence of marijuana. Importantly, you can only buy marijuana from a licensed dispensary, which will require you to show proof of age.

Limits on Amount

In Nevada, individuals over 21 years of age can purchase and possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana flower or 3.5 grams of concentrates.

For medical marijuana users, individuals may not possess more than 2.5 ounces with a 14 day period and can be younger than 21 years old.

Use in Public Places Is Prohibited

At this time, you cannot smoke or otherwise consume marijuana in any public place, including anywhere on the Las Vegas Strip or Downtown. All hotels and casinos, prohibit the use of marijuana on their properties, including in hotel rooms, and may legally trespass you (removal from the property) for violating their rules.

Additionally, it is illegal to use marijuana in restaurants, office buildings, bars, stadiums, public restrooms, and on federal property, among other places. A first offense for the use of marijuana in a public place is a misdemeanor.

However, with the passage of Assembly Bill 341 by the Nevada Legislature in 2021, the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board is authorized to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges. Presently, cannabis consumption lounges in Nevada are expected to open in mid-2022. Check for updates on Tourist Lawyers’ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Not surprisingly, you should never utilize marijuana and drive a vehicle. It is not only dangerous to you and others but illegal under Nevada law.

If you have been arrested, cited, or have had other marijuana-related issues, give us a call, we’re here to help.

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