Nevada said “yes” to legal cannabis Tuesday night. So what does that mean for people looking to partake in the pot party?
First, the law doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1 . Las Vegas police said Wednesday that officers will continue to enforce the current law, which outlaws any nonmedical marijuana possession until the new law takes effect.
After Jan. 1, adults 21 and older can possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis, or one-eighth of an ounce of cannabis concentrate.
When the general public will be able to buy marijuana from a store is unclear. The Taxation Department has until Jan. 1, 2018, to craft regulations and licensing to allow the stores to operate.
State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, said he’d like to mimic what Oregon did after the state voted to approve retail marijuana in 2014. The Oregon Legislature grandfathered medical marijuana dispensaries just months after the law was voted in, which allowed residents to buy cannabis at those stores while lawmakers worked to complete the full regulations.
Although cannabis in Nevada will be legal, smoking or consuming it in public will remain outlawed, punishable by a fine of up to $600.
The number of retail shops in Nevada will be limited by counties’ populations. Clark County will have up to 80 stores and Washoe up to 20, according to the legislation. All other Nevada counties, including Nye, will be allowed up to two. Medical marijuana dispensaries operating now will have first dibs on those retail licenses.
Marijuana dispensaries may begin recreational sales in Nevada starting July 1: Report
Marijuana and Addiction-Myths and Facts
There are several myths surrounding the use of Marijuana; however you should remember that interpretations vary - so the reader is urged to keep an open mind.
Cause for Permanent Mental Illness During intoxication, marijuana users become irrational and often behave erratically.
Even though there are not any scientific evidence showing that marijuana causes psychological damage or mental illness, psychological distress like feelings of panic, anxiety, and paranoia are caused following marijuana ingestion.
Marijuana is Highly Addictive. To break the addiction long term users experiencing physical dependence and withdrawal often need professional drug treatment.
It is not for those who smoke Marijuana occasionally and in very small quantities but for those who are long term users.
Being more potent than in the past. The youth of today are using a much more dangerous drug than their counterparts from the past ever did.
This is a highly debatable point as common sense tells us it must be true considering that man has always tried to improve everything so why not Marijuana.
Marijuana offences are not severely punished. Few marijuana addicts are arrested or sent to prison - this encourages the continued use of the drug.
Statistics show this is far from the truth - arrests have more than doubled and keep increasing. They do get arrested, tried and jailed and make no mistake about that. The Law in every country in the world wishes to see the end of the drug rule - be it Marijuana or any other drug.
Causes more damage to lungs than tobacco. There is elevated risk of developing lung cancer and related diseases to marijuana smokers.
The belief that moderate marijuana smoking poses minimal danger to the lungs has been under dispute. No obstruction of the lung's small airway is exhibited by heavy marijuana smokers, unlike heavy tobacco smokers. No matter what it is you are smoking it has some effects so get wise.
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Marijuana, the Myths and Facts
Many people across the Country use cannabis for medicinal purposes. Luckily for those in the state of Colorado they can now legally seek relief without fear of the law. In the November 2000 general election, the people of Colorado voted to legalize the use of medical marijuana for persons suffering from debilitating medical conditions. Amendment 20 allows a patient to have up to 2 ounces of cannabis in their possession and grow up to 6 plants.
What does this mean for you? Well, if you have one of the qualifying medical conditions then just follow this simple guide to legally apply for your medical cannabis card.
First you will need to schedule a medical marijuana evaluation with a state approved doctor. There are many resources for researching and choosing a compassionate doctor across Colorado, so be sure to do the proper research to find a reputable source. It's best to provide this doctor with your medical records if possible. While this makes the process easier for everyone, it's not required at many locations.
Your doctor will need to diagnose you with one of the following conditions to be eligible for the official Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry:
HIV or AIDS or a medical condition or treatment that produces, for this patient, one or more of the following and which, in the physician's professional opinion, may be alleviated by the medical use of marijuana.
Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy)
Persistent muscle spasms (including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)
Once your doctor approves the recommendation, they will need to fill out the Physician Certification form. Only licensed medical doctor's in good standing with the state of Colorado may sign this form. Next is your official Registry Application Form. This needs to be signed, dated and notarized in front of an official state Notary. Then you need to include a photo copy of a valid Colorado ID (driver's license, state ID, etc). Finally, a $90 non-refundable application fee must be paid by an included check or money order payable to CDPHE.
All forms are available for download from the official Colorado Department of Public Health website. Be sure to make photo copies of everything! Then package and mail all the materials to the Registry's Office within 60 days of the doctor's signature:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Medical Marijuana Registry or MMR HSVRD-MMP-A1 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO 80246-1530
That's really all there is to it! Next you will have to play the waiting game because the Registry's Office is currently way behind on approving new applicants. Estimated wait times can be up to 6 months from when the Registry Office receives your application. The good news is you can use photo copies of all your documents as your temporary proof of registration until you receive your card in the mail.