Legal adult marijuana sales began on July 1
Last update: July 17, 2017
On November 8, 2016, 55% of Nevada voters approved Question 2, which legalizes, taxes, and regulates marijuana for adults 21 and older. The Marijuana Policy Project played a leading role in the campaign, which faced well-financed opposition, including $3.5 million from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Many thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated, talked to friends and family, and voted! We couldn’t have done it without you.
Adults 21 and older with a valid ID can purchase up to one ounce of marijuana or one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana-infused edibles or concentrates from licensed marijuana retail outlets. Retail marijuana sales are subject to a 10 percent sales tax, which state officials estimate will generate more than $60 million in the first two years.
Supply has been short due to the great demand from patrons of dispensaries, which has led to some empty shelves. In an effort to bolster stock, Gov. Sandoval approved emergency measures to increase the movement of marijuana to the state’s 47 licensed retail outlets, some of which have had lines out the door since legal pot was made available on July 1.
Additionally, the state’s Tax Commission discussed expediting the issuance of more licenses, and regulators announced they would issue the first two marijuana distribution licenses.
Question 2 required the state to initiate adult sales by January 1, 2018, but the Nevada Tax Commission adopted temporary regulations allowing sales to begin six months earlier through existing licensed medical marijuana outlets. Marijuana possession has been legal for adults 21 and older since Question 2 took effect on January 1, 2017.
Medical marijuana program continues to grow
The state’s medical marijuana program continues its rapid growth. As of October 2016, about 23,375 patients were registered in the program — a figure that has well more than doubled since mid-2015. State officials attribute the growth to the availability of regulated dispensaries, many of which started operations in 2015 and earlier this year.
How do medical marijuana patients visiting Nevada get access while in the state?
One of the positive features of Nevada’s medical marijuana law is that the state recognizes the patient status of non-residents who are qualified under their state government’s laws. Current rules require out-of-state visiting patients to visit a Nevada dispensary to sign an affidavit and receive instructions from dispensary staff in order to be protected. At that point, state law will protect qualified visitors who make purchases at state-licensed stores.
For updates on the status of the department’s roll out including news and valuable links, visit the Department of Health and Human Services Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s website. Agency rules adopted in April can be found here.
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