BUYING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN NEVADA PROPERLY - 2018
If you qualify, having a Medical Marijuana is the best way to buy Recreational Marijuana
In Clark County, rec weed will cost 32% more than medical.
Anyone in Nevada can buy marijuana now, but it is still a good idea to get a medical marijuana card. Recreational users will pay 10% extra in state tax which is about $25 savings per ounce. In some counties the total tax ramps up to % 30 plus. For many weed connoisseurs, a consumption rate of $200 to $400 per month translates into a tax bill of $300 per year in the best case scenario, and into the low $ thousands if you live in Clark county where the rate is %32.
Meanwhile, a doctor's recommendation online cost about $50-$70.
Also, there are areas in State where the locals do not allow recreational users to buy at medical marijuana dispensaries, which is one more reason to get a medical marijuana card. Fortunately, you can get approved online for a variety of conditions, 100% online, and the process takes only a few minutes. California Medical ID Cards are accepted at most - but not all - dispensaries in Nevada.
"Those 21 and older with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot. Tourists are expected to make nearly two of every three recreational pot purchases in Nevada, but people can only use the drug in a private home."
Medical Marijuana dispensaries may also have the best selections of weed, the better strains and in times of scarcity of supply, medical patients can be served first. Legal recreational marijuana went on sale in Nevada mid-year in 2017. Good on Nevada for fast tracking the process, while California works vigorously away, to make the rules as complex and litigious as possible.
There will be problems, lengthy lines, supply issues and scrambling to collect the taxes, but by waiting to get the process squeaky clean would never have happened, and figuring out things on the fly and adapting is the efficient way - that is after a modest amount of intelligent planning.
It remains illegal to light up in public areas, including the Las Vegas Strip, casinos, bars, restaurants, parks, convention centers and concert halls — places frequently visited by tourists. Violators face a $600 fine. And driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal.
Q & A
DO I NEED A MEDICAL CANNABIS CARD TO BUY CANNABIS IN NEVADA?
No, but if you have a medical marijuana card, you don't have to pay marijuana sales tax.
WHERE CAN I BUY CANNABIS IN NEVADA?
Licensed medical marijuana dispensaries that have state and local approval are selling their products to recreational users now. Thirty-seven dispensaries in Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County have local permits, and the state is giving approval to many other marijuana businesses now.
Several dispensaries in downtown Las Vegas and near the Strip, will be open very soon.
In Henderson, for the next while, you’ll have to take a drive. The city enacted a six-month moratorium on recreational marijuana licenses, so you need a medical marijuana card to purchase weed from the five medical dispensaries within Henderson’s city limits.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE SMOKE POT?
In a private home, including yards and porches and not in public. It is legal to stroll down parts of the Las Vegas Strip with a beer, this does not apply to weed. It’s prohibited in casinos, bars, restaurants, parks, concerts and especially on any federal property. Certainly we expect that some casinos will lobby for the right to have weed allowed to be consumed in designated smoking areas within a few years max.
People can consume edibles anywhere they want, however, driving impaired is illegal.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHANGE FOR POLICE?
Police are focusing their training on how to spot people impaired with pot, never mind that pot consumption is associated with any increase in any kind of crime, and that includes driving under the influence. Certainly we do not suggest that it is a good idea to drive while stoned. In fact, people that are stoned generally choose not to drive, and if they do, they tend to be cautious and go slow. Despite weed smoking being associated with much less violence, lower DUI, lower overdose rate and so on, the state feels obliged to spend taxpayer dollars to train police this area.
“It changes the dynamics of what we have to enforce and what we don’t in terms of marijuana, police officers have been told to aggressively enforce marijuana laws. Now, we’ve got to change our stance, which isn’t a big deal, it’s just a mindset shift for our personnel.” - ” Deputy Reno Police Chief Tom Robinson
HOW ARE AIRPORTS PREPARING?
You might ask, why would airports prepare at all? What are the hazards of someone going to Nevada to buy a bit of pot, which can be found easily in every neck of the woods in America? It's the aftermath of Reefer madness and the Federal Government's War on Drugs. Nevada’s major airports are fine-tuning existing policy. The Federal Government's, which regulates the secure areas of airports, bans possessing marijuana. It also is illegal to carry pot across state lines.
The Transportation Security Administration agents policy is to not search bags of pot or other drugs and if they do come across what appears to be an illegal substance, they refer it to local law enforcement. Officials at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas assist the TSA in they ask. Local officers determine how much marijuana is involved. If it’s less than an ounce, you’re allowed to keep on truckin'. So the moral of the story, don't travel with more than an ounce amigo.
The aviation director for Las Vegas has asked Clark County to outlaw marijuana possession at McCarran and other airports in keeping with federal regulations, which call even marijuana that does not contain THC to be a narcotic, in the same category as heroin, such is that ethical nature of "your" Federal government.
CAN CITIES OUTLAW POT?
Local county and city governments have their own regulations that allow marijuana business, grows and use in only in regulated areas. Local governments can ban recreational sales altogether and decide whether or not to grant local business licenses. However, local law men cannot outlaw adults from possessing up to an ounce of pot or consuming it in their home or someone else’s.
DO PEOPLE KNOW WHAT’S LEGAL AND WHAT’S NOT?
“There's been a lot of confusion, people thought that the rules that applied to smoking cigarettes apply to marijuana, and that’s clearly not the case. Don’t walk down the streets of Reno smoking marijuana, it’s a $600 fine.” - Reno Vice Mayor Naomi Jardon
Of course people are confused about the laws, because the new laws are counter intuitive. ignorance of the law is no excuse, even though nearly two-thirds of sales are expected to go to tourists that have no idea about the confounding rules and regulations.
JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ TAKE ON NEW NEVADA CANNABIS LAWS
"It's extremely laughable to hear that politicians expect tourists to educate themselves about the nuances of their complex legislation. We are talking Las Vegas, We are talking Reno, we are talking Hunter S. Thompson. Forget about it. Tourists want to have a good time, gamble, see a show, relax and have a puff. They're definitely not lining up to study a goofy roadmap to navigate weed laws.
The $600 fine will teach them. Of course, the warped smoking regulations are sure to piss off many a tourist, who will choose to spend their tourist dollar somewhere else.
I can see the casino's not wanting to lose customers with pot heads running around smoking weed on the strip. But the reality is, Las Vegas makes money off of wild and free behavior. What will happen is that casinos will set up weed smoking areas or even floors eventually. If it makes financial sense, it'll happen." - " - Johnny Rodriguez Rant
CAN YOU GROW POT AT HOME?
No, not really. Technically, the answer is yes, but the new laws make it nearly impossible Las Vegas and Reno, where most of the people live. Homeowners are allowed to grow six recreational plants per person, up to 12 plants total, at a home - but they must be more than 25 miles away from a licensed cannabis retail facility. The number and location of weed shops in the state’s two major urban areas largely eliminate the home grow option.
CAN YOU KEEP IT IN YOUR CAR?
Yes. Those 21 and older can possess up to an ounce of pot in public and that applies to each person in a car. It’s illegal for anyone to smoke pot in a moving vehicle.
CAN EMPLOYERS FIRE POT USERS?
The boss is the boss when it comes to weed. Yes, you can be fired for smoking pot if your employer prohibits cannabis use. There are no workplace protections in Nevada’s for either medicinal or recreational marijuana.
WHO CAN BUY WEED IN NEVADA?
Anyone over the age of 21 with valid ID, of the kind used in liquor stores, Driver's license, passport, State ID. Beware that in some areas, medical dispensaries are still not allowed to sell to recreational users, such is the nature of our strange state.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL CANNABIS?
There can be no difference between med and rec.
Medical marijuana contains both THC and CBD. THC gets you high, while CBD does not. People say that THC and CBD together give the best medical and recreational effects, gets you neatly stoned and takes away the aches, pains and what not. With that said, there is Medical weed with not much THC and mostly CBD, which does not get you high at all, so people don't call this kind of marijuana recreational.
There is also tax on Rec Weed but not Medical, and this is defined by whether you have a Medical Cannabis Card or not. Med equals no tax.
HOW MUCH TAX WILL I PAY ON CANNABIS?
In Clark County, about 32 percent tax is collected on Rec weed. That is about $80 an ounce.
Medical prices in Las Vegas for ? ounce ranges are about $30 to $60 in 2017. Retailers estimate recreational costs to be about $80 for ? ounce, and $400 or so for an ounce of higher grade strains. An ounce of dried marijuana flower produces about 50 joints, depending on your rolling preference.
HOW MUCH CAN I BUY?
For Nevada, California and tourists alike, 1 ounce or 1/8 ounce of concentrate like oil, tincture or hash.
WHAT ARE THE RULES ON EDIBLES - BROWNIES AND GUMMIES?
This form or marijuana is legal and on sale as well. This is a discrete way to consume marijuana anywhere. You just have to keep track of the dose and your personal response levels. Edibles have dosage amounts and warning labels. It can take up to two hours to lift off, so always be careful and try a conservative amount and wait to gauge the effects.
CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD TO BUY WEED?
No, marijuana is a cash only business. Virtually no banks will take marijuana business accounts, which means the industry is entirely old school cash-based. Dispensaries have an ATM on-site. The advantage of cash only purchases is that your privacy is 100% protected from credit card companies who do god know what with your personal data.
CAN SOMEONE REPORT ME TO THE POLICE FOR SMOKING CANNABIS?
Yes, but it is fairly unlikely. If you smoke pot on the strip or in a high traffic area you are asking for trouble however. There is a hotline for complaints about public consumption, which are directed to 311 because it’s a nonviolent crime at which point, you're not going to be busted unless it is a slow night because officers give priority to other calls of more importance.
CAN I GET A DUI FOR DRIVING AFTER SMOKING CANNABIS?
Yes, much like alcohol, you can get a DUI and be fined up to a grand. You can carry marijuana around in your car, but neither you nor your passengers can smoke it in the car, otherwise a gnarly officer can take you downtown for a drug check. So driving while smoking weed amounts to buying a lottery ticket you don't want the numbers to come up.
Hundreds of people lined up at Essence Cannabis Dispensary on the Las Vegas Strip. People were excited and well-behaved as a lone security guard looked on. A valet was available to park the cars of customers.
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Officers say they have been preparing for months to enforce the law passed by voters in November. They will focus on keeping stoned drivers off the road, but also will crack down on those illegally using pot in public, which carries a $600 fine for a first offense.