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How Old Do You Have to Be to Smoke Weed in Nevada?

Whether you're a native Nevadan or you're planning a trip to the Silver State, you might be wondering how old you have to be to smoke weed in Nevada. Medical marijuana has been legal in Nevada since 2000, meaning adults who are at least 18 years old (including visiting adults who have a valid medical marijuana card from another state) can smoke cannabis, and on November 8th, 2016, residents voted to pass Question 2 to allow adults at least 21 years of age to use the herb in a recreational way.

The Silver State imposes different regulations on the amount of cannabis a medical or recreational consumer can purchase in a 14-day time span. Cannabis purchases at licensed dispensaries throughout Nevada are tracked in real-time to keep customers within their purchase limits, as adults 18 years of age can buy up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis (flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals) for medical purposes, and adults who are at least 21 years old can buy up to one ounce of marijuana or 1/8 ounce of concentrate.

However, just because you're of age to smoke weed in Nevada doesn't mean you can partake wherever you choose. In Nevada, medical and recreational consumers are only allowed to smoke weed in private residences, and it is illegal to consume cannabis in any way in public or on federal lands. Violating the state's public consumption laws can result in misdemeanor charges, a fine up to $1,000, community service, or even jail time. Also, most hotels in Nevada that allow visitors to smoke tobacco don't permit the open use of cannabis by adults of legal age, and while there currently aren't any casinos that let customers smoke weed on the premises, there is talk of opening marijuana-friendly resorts on the Las Vegas Strip in the future.

It's also illegal to smoke weed in a vehicle or drive while under the influence of marijuana in Nevada no matter how old you are, with penalties ranging from fines to jail time. Also, remember that because cannabis is still a prohibited substance at the federal level, you can't transport it across state lines.

In ending, you can learn more about the rules regarding legal cannabis in Nevada by visiting the state's Division of Public and Behavioral Health.


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