In late June, Nevada joined Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska by legalizing recreational marijuana use. Even though Nevada now allows you the option of purchasing marijuana legally, there are some important things you should know.
How to Legally Purchase Marijuana
First, just like alcohol, you must provide a valid ID showing you’re 21 or over to purchase for recreational use. Only approved local and state licensed dispensaries are allowed to sell marijuana. Undoubtedly there will be many of these establishments opening in the future, but for now, dispensaries that have been selling medical marijuana will have a jump on the rest since they're already licensed and operating.
Medical Marijuana vs. Recreational
One of the biggest differences between these two, besides card holders being allowed to grow their own plants, is price. What's being sold for recreational use is actually the same product. But if you don't possess a medical marijuana card you will be subjected to a higher price and lots of taxes.
Where You Can Smoke
Here, the same rules apply for medical and recreational use. You can only smoke in a private residence. Your house, condo, garage or yard, but no public areas like a hotel room, bar, or even the sidewalk. Public consumption of marijuana (even in a casino) is illegal and will be strongly enforced. Fines begin at $600. Also, you cannot smoke in your car and definitely not while driving.
How Much You Can Purchase and Carry
One ounce. Whether it's an ounce of loose product or 50 rolled marijuana cigarettes, one ounce is the maximum legal amount. The legal amount of concentrate is an 1/8 ounce.
As of right now, most dispensaries can only accept cash. This is not a preference of the dispensaries but most banks and credit unions will not partner with them because cannabis is still illegal on the federal level.
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