Nevada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

  • by Danielle Keane, NORML Associate November 9, 2016

    According to the Associated Press, voters in Nevada have approved Question 2, the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The AP’s final vote count is 54 to 46 percent.

    “With victory in Nevada, it is safe to say that, this time, what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. Thanks to the support of a majority of voters, Nevada now joins the growing list of states that are rejecting prohibition and taking a smarter approach to marijuana. Success in Nevada will only inspire more Americans to stand up and demand an end to our nation’s embarrassing, failed policy of prohibition and this momentum will only continue to spread across the country.” said Erik Altieri, NORML’s new Executive Director

    Nevada Legalized Marijuana

    Question 2 permits adults who are not participating in the state’s medical cannabis program to legally grow (up to six plants, including all of the harvest from those plants) and to possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce of flower and/or up to 3.5 grams of concentrates) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. (Home cultivation is not permitted if one’s residence is within 25 miles of an operating marijuana retailer.) Commercial marijuana production is subject to a 15 percent excise tax, much of which is earmarked to the State Distributive School Account.

    “Voters in the western region of the United States continue to lead the way toward the eventual nationwide re-legalization of marijuana by responsible adults,” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. “Despite nearly a century of criminal prohibition, marijuana is here to stay. Our state and federal laws need to reflect this reality, not deny it.”

    The new law takes effect on January 1, 2017. Regulations governing commercial marijuana activities must be in place by January 1, 2018.

    You can read the full text of the initiative here.

    35 responses to “Nevada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana”

    1. Evening Bud says:

      Congratulations Nevada!!! Thank you Nevada!! Maybe gonna have to plan a trip in the hopefully not-too-distant future to Viva Las Vegas!!

    2. Robert Peddicord says:

      The problem with this law is the fact that, “Home cultivation is not permitted if one’s residence is within 25 miles of an operating marijuana retailer.” Basically, that covers all of the Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and even some of the surrounding cities like Boulder City. That pretty much means that nobody except medical marijuana card holders (other than those who are legally growing for commercial purposes), will be growing marijuana illegally if they are growing for personal use. That is not cool.

      • MSimon says:

        It is a first step. Not the end of the line.

      • John Willard says:

        When and where will it be available?

      • mexweed says:

        Hope someone will have time to investigate and find out why anyone advocated that provision, other than $$ lobbying from retailers. With other states permitting home grow without such an exception, is it conceivable that anyone could argue it is dangerous to health or safety other than to that of the profit of the retailers?

      • Randy Lowe says:

        Be grateful I am 62 and been smoking in fear has never been fun after 48 yrs of fighting we have made a great stride, Thanks to our friends at Normal.

      • AL Marsh says:

        I agree 25 miles prohibition is insane. Cause of cops raging around breaking into homes oh come on.

      • Bill says:

        One step at a time constantly unsatisfied consumer

      • Ryno says:

        They scrapped the 25 mile rule. It is not part of the new law anymore.

        [Paul Armentano responds: False. See Section 14 of the measure’s language: https://www.regulatemarijuanainnevada.org/full-initiative-text/.%5D

        • Matt says:

          Read the proposed statute. The 25 mile cultivation clause IS still in there you idiot.

          • Anonymous says:

            It is a misdemeanor..fine up to 600.

            A traffic ticket

          • Jack Herer says:

            I’m a med patient and have been since 2008, but for you recreational users: If cannabis becomes legal January 1st, 2017, but yet they’re saying recreational cannabis won’t be available for purchase until the summer or even later (some say 2018). None of you live within 25 miles of a dispensary because they are not available to you when the actual law goes into effect. Right?

      • Dilla says:

        Beggars can’t be choosers man, the great part of the law change is all the tax revenue that mostly goes to schools. The government would have no reason to legalize if it weren’t for the taxes. And while I would rather grow my own too at least people can legally some and carry bud without looking overt their shoulders. Pick your battles cuz the battle on weed is being fought already, by people with logic. Blaze on…

    3. Cat Cassie says:

      Congratulations Nevada! Way to go!!!

    4. Keli says:

      We are so excited!!! I have been a MMJ Patient since 2008. It has hella helped me with my illnesses and has had a positive effect in my daily life. I am so glad that the country is finally opening its eyes to the absurd act that made it illegal in the first place. This was a history making election and a huge step toward decriminalization of pot. THANK YOU NEVADA. Can’t wait for the 1st marijuana themed casino!

    5. Bonnie Clark says:

      where can we buy? Northern Nevada, (Sparks) ???

    6. mexweed says:

      Keli, I am glad for your testimony but have this one concern regarding what you said about a casino. “Adult entertainment” and “casino” seem to me to be just names for the ghetto into which some adults are shunted because nobody trusts them to share in the work of educating and mentoring children. Part and parcel of the attitude toward cannabis, no form or quantity of which children are ever supposed to contact or know about.
      Atop this article is a picture of a prosperous contented-looking man holding a hot burning overdose monoxide (HBOM) joint. Fine, it’s his money, he can burn away $5 worth of flower in minutes if he wants, right? Health effects be damned. Well, hope I’m wrong and you care about children enough to want cannabis aficionados away from adult-only casinos and helping children somewhere learn the virtue of moderation (25-mg-single-toke, vape-not-burn).

    7. Mark Mitcham says:

      I suspect Hunter S. Thompson would have been gratified.

    8. Matt lindsay says:

      I think it is great it is legal. But what about employers. How can a state say it is legal to consume it , and an employer say if you test positive for THC we can fire you. That is unfair and it needs to change its like dangling a caret infront of a rabit THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        True. Corporate drug testing is evil. I hate it as much as anyone. It’s like rape — a physical violation of the self, your private parts, because if you don’t, you will get hurt real, real bad. That’s rape.

        But we have to know what time it is. There are ethical priorities here, there are levels of social injustice.

        First, we must stop the arrests. It’s like disarming your opponent; you take away from them the weapon they have that can hurt you. So you take it away from them. That’s legalization.

        Now, having achieved that, we continue to take our opponent down. Drug testing has got to go. But child-custody issues are an even greater priority, because the state is stealing our children, using marijuana as a justification! This is a higher moral priority, even over drug testing.

        Wouldn’t you agree?

    9. Coco says:

      Does this mean that as of January 1st 2017 I can go to any MM store and buy or do I have to wait until said store gets their license to sell to anyone?
      I don’t know what all this mobo-jumbo is saying!

      [Paul Armentano responds: This law is parallel to the medical marijuana law. It mandates retail facilities be operational by Jan 1, 2018. Sales to non-patients will begin then, unless lawmakers amend the law to permit medical dispensaries to sell to non-patients at an earlier date.]

      • acks says:

        Not exactly, The law give lawmakers upto one year from Jan 1st to put all the requirements for dispensaries to sell recreational pot, but hopefully they will get on it 🙂

        • Merce Mercee says:

          Heard it will be 2018 before it’s all in place. So 2 years before you can purchase recreational from dispensaries. So glad we grow our own.

    10. Bob says:

      I’m also in Nevada and I hate to rain on anyone’s parade here, but Pence, Christie, and Giuliani have all said it is being shut down repeatedly. No mincing of words or intentions and Trump will probably give them free reign to do it since either Christie or Giuliani will most likely be the new US Attorney General. Trump has flip flopped repeatedly on this issue and the other three have been very clear in saying that even medical marijuana is bogus and just a front for illegal drug use and that the federal law will be enforced in all 50 states — period. -With republican majorities in both houses also wanting to shut it down who on earth thinks we are not in for some turbulent years. Not passing judgement or questioning the rights of anyone to vote the way they saw fit, but don’t kid yourself; if you voted for Trump then, obviously, there were other issues more important to you than ending marijuana prohibition. I am very concerned about the Feds confiscating medical records of MMJ patients here like they did a few years back. I may not even apply for a license again this year and just go underground.