As of November 9, 2016, the state of Nevada has said "yes" to the legalization of cannabis. The law officially went into effect on January 1, 2017, allowing adults 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis. While the legalization has been set into action, marijuana has yet to be made available to the public for purchase. Tax laws and licensing will be determined over the next year and made available on January 1, 2018. This means that until specific licenses are defined, recreational dispensaries will not be available within the state.
While businesses will not be selling marijuana until early next year, adults in Nevada are allowed to grow cannabis plants in the privacy of their own home. Adults 21 and older are legally allowed to hold up to 6 marijuana plants in their home, so long as they are not visible to the public.
Currently, smoking and consuming marijuana in Nevada is not legal in public and is punishable by a fine costing up to $600. Similar to alcohol, residents of Nevada will not be able to drive, fly or operate any vessels while under the influence of marijuana. Drivers are limited to having 10 nanograms per milliliter or 15 ng/mL of marijuana metabolite in their urine to avoid being charged with a marijuana DUI.
While recreational marijuana use is legal in the state of Nevada, companies still reserve the right to drug-test employees and terminate them in the event that they fail the test.
Medical marijuana continues to be legal in the state of Nevada and can be sold by state certified dispensaries to card-carrying residents. Residents must be prescribed a medical marijuana card by a certified physician in order to legally purchase marijuana from a dispensary.
While recent laws regarding the use of cannabis in Nevada have been passed, it is important to stay aware of any changes and transitions the state makes regarding these laws.