Recreational marijuana was legalized in Nevada’s 2016 election, but what does that mean and why don’t I see any stores to buy it?
Partnership Carson City has answered 10 of your most pressing questions.
1. Where can I buy recreational marijuana?
Nowhere … yet. According to Question 2, the Department of Taxation has until Jan. 1, 2018, to create the regulations to govern the dispensaries and sales.
2. How old do I have to be to purchase and use marijuana?
21 and older.
3. How much marijuana can I have?
You can possess up to one ounce of marijuana, or up to 1/8 of an ounce of marijuana concen- trates.
4. Can I drive with it?
While you can possess up to an ounce legally, you still cannot drive impaired. Passengers are prohibited from smoking as well.
5. Can I use marijuana at work?
Probably not. Employers can still make their own rules surrounding drug use. It will likely remain a fireable offense.
6. How many dispensaries can we expect to have in Carson City?
Because the capital city’s population is less than 55,000, there can be up to two dispensaries. Larger cities are allowed more. Washoe County can have up to 20; Las Vegas up to 80.
7. Can I grow my own?
Maybe, depending on where you live. People can cultivate not more than six marijuana plants for personal use — up to 12 per household — as long as they live 25 miles or more from a dispensary. The plants must be grown within a locked enclosure out of public view.
8. Where can I consume marijuana?
A private residence is the only place where marijuana can be legally consumed. It is prohibited in public spaces, cars and even casinos, as they are federally regulated.
9. Who can sell marijuana?
Only licensed dispensaries can sell marijuana, otherwise it is a felony.
10. When will we know more?
The Legislature will work some of the kinks during this session. The Department of Taxation is projecting it will have regulations in place by this summer.