Nevada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

According to the Associated Press, voters in Nevada have approved Question 2, the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The AP’s final vote count is 54 to 46 percent.

“With victory in Nevada, it is safe to say that, this time, what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. Thanks to the support of a majority of voters, Nevada now joins the growing list of states that are rejecting prohibition and taking a smarter approach to marijuana. Success in Nevada will only inspire more Americans to stand up and demand an end to our nation’s embarrassing, failed policy of prohibition and this momentum will only continue to spread across the country.” said Erik Altieri, NORML’s new Executive Director

Nevada Legalized Marijuana

Question 2 permits adults who are not participating in the state’s medical cannabis program to legally grow (up to six plants, including all of the harvest from those plants) and to possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce of flower and/or up to 3.5 grams of concentrates) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. (Home cultivation is not permitted if one’s residence is within 25 miles of an operating marijuana retailer.) Commercial marijuana production is subject to a 15 percent excise tax, much of which is earmarked to the State Distributive School Account.

“Voters in the western region of the United States continue to lead the way toward the eventual nationwide re-legalization of marijuana by responsible adults,” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. “Despite nearly a century of criminal prohibition, marijuana is here to stay. Our state and federal laws need to reflect this reality, not deny it.”

The new law takes effect on January 1, 2017. Regulations governing commercial marijuana activities must be in place by January 1, 2018.

You can read the full text of the initiative here.

35 thoughts

  1. Congratulations Nevada!!! Thank you Nevada!! Maybe gonna have to plan a trip in the hopefully not-too-distant future to Viva Las Vegas!!

  2. The problem with this law is the fact that, “Home cultivation is not permitted if one’s residence is within 25 miles of an operating marijuana retailer.” Basically, that covers all of the Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and even some of the surrounding cities like Boulder City. That pretty much means that nobody except medical marijuana card holders (other than those who are legally growing for commercial purposes), will be growing marijuana illegally if they are growing for personal use. That is not cool.

    1. Hope someone will have time to investigate and find out why anyone advocated that provision, other than $$ lobbying from retailers. With other states permitting home grow without such an exception, is it conceivable that anyone could argue it is dangerous to health or safety other than to that of the profit of the retailers?

    2. Be grateful I am 62 and been smoking in fear has never been fun after 48 yrs of fighting we have made a great stride, Thanks to our friends at Normal.

    3. I agree 25 miles prohibition is insane. Cause of cops raging around breaking into homes oh come on.

      1. I’m a med patient and have been since 2008, but for you recreational users: If cannabis becomes legal January 1st, 2017, but yet they’re saying recreational cannabis won’t be available for purchase until the summer or even later (some say 2018). None of you live within 25 miles of a dispensary because they are not available to you when the actual law goes into effect. Right?

    4. Beggars can’t be choosers man, the great part of the law change is all the tax revenue that mostly goes to schools. The government would have no reason to legalize if it weren’t for the taxes. And while I would rather grow my own too at least people can legally some and carry bud without looking overt their shoulders. Pick your battles cuz the battle on weed is being fought already, by people with logic. Blaze on…

  3. We are so excited!!! I have been a MMJ Patient since 2008. It has hella helped me with my illnesses and has had a positive effect in my daily life. I am so glad that the country is finally opening its eyes to the absurd act that made it illegal in the first place. This was a history making election and a huge step toward decriminalization of pot. THANK YOU NEVADA. Can’t wait for the 1st marijuana themed casino!

  4. Keli, I am glad for your testimony but have this one concern regarding what you said about a casino. “Adult entertainment” and “casino” seem to me to be just names for the ghetto into which some adults are shunted because nobody trusts them to share in the work of educating and mentoring children. Part and parcel of the attitude toward cannabis, no form or quantity of which children are ever supposed to contact or know about.
    Atop this article is a picture of a prosperous contented-looking man holding a hot burning overdose monoxide (HBOM) joint. Fine, it’s his money, he can burn away $5 worth of flower in minutes if he wants, right? Health effects be damned. Well, hope I’m wrong and you care about children enough to want cannabis aficionados away from adult-only casinos and helping children somewhere learn the virtue of moderation (25-mg-single-toke, vape-not-burn).

  5. I think it is great it is legal. But what about employers. How can a state say it is legal to consume it , and an employer say if you test positive for THC we can fire you. That is unfair and it needs to change its like dangling a caret infront of a rabit THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE

    1. True. Corporate drug testing is evil. I hate it as much as anyone. It’s like rape — a physical violation of the self, your private parts, because if you don’t, you will get hurt real, real bad. That’s rape.

      But we have to know what time it is. There are ethical priorities here, there are levels of social injustice.

      First, we must stop the arrests. It’s like disarming your opponent; you take away from them the weapon they have that can hurt you. So you take it away from them. That’s legalization.

      Now, having achieved that, we continue to take our opponent down. Drug testing has got to go. But child-custody issues are an even greater priority, because the state is stealing our children, using marijuana as a justification! This is a higher moral priority, even over drug testing.

      Wouldn’t you agree?

  6. Does this mean that as of January 1st 2017 I can go to any MM store and buy or do I have to wait until said store gets their license to sell to anyone?
    I don’t know what all this mobo-jumbo is saying!

    [Paul Armentano responds: This law is parallel to the medical marijuana law. It mandates retail facilities be operational by Jan 1, 2018. Sales to non-patients will begin then, unless lawmakers amend the law to permit medical dispensaries to sell to non-patients at an earlier date.]

    1. Not exactly, The law give lawmakers upto one year from Jan 1st to put all the requirements for dispensaries to sell recreational pot, but hopefully they will get on it 🙂

      1. Heard it will be 2018 before it’s all in place. So 2 years before you can purchase recreational from dispensaries. So glad we grow our own.

  7. I’m also in Nevada and I hate to rain on anyone’s parade here, but Pence, Christie, and Giuliani have all said it is being shut down repeatedly. No mincing of words or intentions and Trump will probably give them free reign to do it since either Christie or Giuliani will most likely be the new US Attorney General. Trump has flip flopped repeatedly on this issue and the other three have been very clear in saying that even medical marijuana is bogus and just a front for illegal drug use and that the federal law will be enforced in all 50 states — period. -With republican majorities in both houses also wanting to shut it down who on earth thinks we are not in for some turbulent years. Not passing judgement or questioning the rights of anyone to vote the way they saw fit, but don’t kid yourself; if you voted for Trump then, obviously, there were other issues more important to you than ending marijuana prohibition. I am very concerned about the Feds confiscating medical records of MMJ patients here like they did a few years back. I may not even apply for a license again this year and just go underground.

  8. Can clarification be made about a point regarding cultivation? Living in Nevada close to California …would the 25 mile halo include a California dispensary?

    [Paul Armentano responds: No.]

  9. The next step in this process should be establishing a reasonable standard of intoxication. While being stoned does entail a slight impairment of one’s motor skills, the presence of THC in one’s system days or weeks after ingestion doesn’t mean that the user poses a threat to himself or others.

  10. I suspect Hunter S. Thompson would have been gratified.

    H.S.T. is gladly deceased…He saw StrongManTrump coup and coming…He would be sickened by the installment of Trump The Tower as Pretendident Pussygrabber…fooled again…so many times …I tire of repeating the obvious.

    Americans are suckers…perfect for a carny hustler.

    Grab ya some pussy, whenever the urge strikes…it’s legal now?

    The Neo-Cons reassemble under the Trump Flag.

    Trump will end medical and recreational cannabis…for his pals who push/deal in the known to be deadly drugs (alcohol/nicotine/narcotics)…end of story…end of Democracy…Wake up?

    1. Then please contact both your federal Senators, Dean Heller (R) “B”
      And both Senators Harry Reid (D) “B”
      And his replacement;
      Catherine Cortez Masto (D) (grade to be determined by YOU…)
      And urge them to block the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to US AG!

  11. The math doesn’t add up. You can possess up to one ounce of marijuana, but if you grow your own, and it says you can have six plants, just ONE plant at harvest will produce more than one ounce. So you will be in possession of more than an ounce, and then you are subject to arrest for violating the law.

  12. Since retail purchasing can’t be done till 2018, and there are no retail locations available unless you are a medical patient, that means you can grow 6 plants.

    The WeedValet is recruiting growers in Nevada for small scale home grow services.

  13. As the person who wrote the law (from the 1999 medicinal cannabis law to the more expansive recreational cannabis law), I can assure you that rules such as “only grow your own if sufficiently distant from commercial shops” were the Legislature’s idea, and were (even if mistakenly) put in for (ostensibly) a good reason. Said distance rule WAS NOT placed in the law to financially benefit some over others. Rightly or wrongly, the intent was to ensure that anybody within reasonable reach of a cannabis dispensary would be assured of pure, measurable product, whilst recognizing that some folks simply could not readily get to a dispensary. I find it understandable as to how people may see conspiracies, but I can assure you that was never the intent.

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