Nevada Becomes The Seventh State To Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

Carson City, NV: Nevada has become the seventh state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis.

Language in Question 1: The Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative specific to the possession and cultivation of marijuana took effect on Sunday, January 1. It permits adults who are not participating in the state’s existing medical cannabis program to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and/or up to 3.5 grams of cannabis concentrates. An adult may also lawfully grow up to six plants in their home if they reside 25 miles or more away from an operating marijuana retailer. Public use of the plant remains a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $600.

Separate provisions in the statute also license the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis. Those regulations do not take effect until January 1, 2018.

Fifty-five percent of Nevada voters approved the measure on Election Day.

Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington have previously adopted voter-initiated laws legalizing the private consumption and sale of cannabis by adults. The District of Columbia also permits adults to legally possess and grow personal use quantities of marijuana in private residences. Similar legislation in Maine is scheduled to take effect on January 30.

For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director, or Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.