Marijuana is legal for adults and is taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol; state also has a medical marijuana law
Last update: September 22, 2022
States increasingly looking to Nevada as a model
Following a successful voter initiative on November 8, 2016, the state rolled out its current program, with many businesses starting cannabis sales for adults 21 and over in July 2017. A year later, the program continues with little drama. Following early concern about transport licenses, and later about inventory and supply levels as the popular program launched last year, access is available for those who want it, and the program now simply works.
On November 8, 2016, 55% of Nevada voters approved Question 2, which legalized, taxed, and regulated 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.
Currently under state law, adults can purchase a personal-use amount of cannabis, but are unable to consume it outside a residence. Regulators and local jurisdictions are considering options, including locations where adults may be able to gather in a regulated environment, although those discussions are still in the early stages. Like similar jurisdictions, while sales and possession are available, it is less clear where adult consumers can consume outside a private residence. We hope regulators and local officials can work out a solution soon, particularly for tourists who visit the Silver State.
Current marijuana laws in Nevada
Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana or 3.5 grams or less of concentrated marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older.
Retail marijuana stores are operational.
Cultivation of up to six marijuana plants is legal for adults 21 and older if they reside 25 miles or more away from an operating retail marijuana store.
Medical marijuana is permitted. An individual may register as a medical marijuana patient if his or her doctor certifies that the individual suffers from one or more of the following conditions:
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Cachexia (general physical wasting and malnutrition from chronic disease)
Lawmakers make major improvements to cannabis policy in 2019.
Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) signed into law three notable bills to improve cannabis policies this year. Here is a quick overview and why they are so important:
AB 132 prohibits most employers from denying applicants a job if cannabis shows up on a pre-employment drug test. This bill addresses a big concern — cannabis use can be detected for weeks after ingestion, meaning drug screens in no way correlate with impairment. So far, states have…