Nevada will ring in a new era for marijuana use on Jan. 1. Adults 21 years old and older will legally be allowed to used pot recreationally
“It’s about time the rest of the world benefited from what I’ve been benefitting from for years,” said actor and pot advocate Tommy Chong.
While marijuana will be legal, there will be restrictions on where the drug can be used.
Cannabis can only be smoked or consumed on private property such as a home. It can’t be used in public places like on the Strip.
A person can possess up to an ounce of marijuana or 1/8oz of marijuana concentrate. Possessing drug paraphernalia will no longer be a crime.
While possession of pot will be legal, there will be nowhere to legally purchase the drug for now.
“For Nevadans who aren’t medical cardholders, this means they’re going to have to wait until the retail stores are up and running before they can legally buy marijuana here,” said Deonne Contine, the Department of Taxation’s executive director. “The ballot initiative gives us until January 2018, but we’re aiming to have regulations in place that allow us to license those retail stores by this summer.”
Regulators and lawmakers are working on a temporary fix so people can legally purchase recreational weed from medical dispensaries.
That’s how Oregon started its recreational program, but that’s something that won’t be ready in Nevada for the start of 2017.
“They allowed the existing medical dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana and as far as we could tell, there’s no reason we couldn’t do that in Nevada,” said State Senator Tick Segerblom.
Law enforcement also warns it is and will continue to be illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.
Police will be out in full force during the holiday weekend looking for drivers impaired by any substance including weed.
It will also be illegal to grow marijuana at home if it’s within 25 miles of a dispensary unless the grower has a medical marijuana card.