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.
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CARSON CITY — Weighing in on how Nevada should test people for stoned driving, lawmakers advanced a measure on Friday to eliminate urine samples as a viable measure for police to show a driver to be impaired by marijuana. Under the bipartisan proposal, law enforcement officers would continue using blood tests to prove a person was illegally operating a passenger car, commercial truck or boat while high. The bill would retain specific legal limits set in 1999 for drivers’ blood content of THC, the psychoactive chemical in pot. Anyone with a blood-THC level at or above 5 nanograms per milliliter is considered too high to drive. ADVERTISING “There’s still no proof that those standards mean anything, but at least we’re moving to something which is scientifically provable,” said Sen. Tick Segerblom, a Las Vegas Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Researchers at the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine are among experts who say marijuana’s cognitive impairment cannot practically be detected in urine. Marijuana can be identified in urine but not accurately measured, the Touro study shows, making it a less-expensive option to blood tests for checking on simple prior use but improper to measure impairment. Others question the blood-THC measure. The automobile federation AAA commissioned a study last year that found no scientific basis reliably linking THC measures to whether a person is impaired. Traces of marijuana can remain in a person’s blood for weeks — and at high levels in frequent users. In 2016, Nevada was one of six states that had set exact THC blood thresholds for drivers. Courts and juries in several of the 26 states that allow some form of marijuana use have upheld the rights of marijuana users to rebut the blood tests or decided in individual cases that blood testing is inaccurate. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Assembly Bill 135, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. Members of the Assembly voted 34-4 to approve it last month.
With recreational weed sales coming, what will happen to medical marijuana in Nevada?
Medical marijuana is becoming a new trend in the treatment and management of several diseases including those chronic fatal ones like cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, brain tumors, and HIV/AIDS. Marijuana is originally a schedule I drug as classified by federal law which means that doctors cannot prescribe it and it is unlawful for pharmacies to dispense it. However because of researches proving the wonder effects of marijuana, 14 states in the United States including Colorado, as well as in Canada, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria have legalized the use of medical marijuana.
There are several medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado. But before you can acquire such, you have to acquire a Medical Marijuana Registry Card coming from the health department in Colorado actually saying that you are eligible for the treatment of medicinal marijuana and/or your driver's license. To find legal medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, here are some steps you can follow:
• Search for a dispensary that is near your location online. You can Google it or use Google maps. You will then have a list of dispensaries. Then, try to visit their website so that you will know what they offer, their products menu, free patient consultation, if they require specific fees, or perhaps a discount on their products.
• Search for a dispensary consumer review. These types of information are almost often useful for first-timers who want to try a product or establishments such as a medicinal marijuana dispensary. Consumer reviews can give you educational tips and advices about a particular dispensary and his or her experience whether good or bad.
• Lastly, is to visit the dispensary. There is no better way of telling if the dispensary is efficient or not than the actual experience. Remember that medicinal marijuana dispensary is still a new industry and each of these companies is unique in approaching their clients.