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.
Get Medical Marijuana Card to Receive Marijuana Treatment
We have known marijuana plant as a drug and its use has been prohibited ever since. Despite some reported medicinal properties of marijuana plant, it was not given much attention. Until lately, it is being studied and is seen to cure many diseases that afflict many people around the globe. To be given treatment with marijuana, you must secure first medical marijuana card. In acquiring card, you must ensure that the doctor you contacted for this is a medical marijuana doctor. He should possess a medical marijuana license. Qualified and certified professional doctors will set an appointment with you and make a medical examination to see if you really need to be treated with marijuana. This is done in proper medical marijuana clinic.
Do not be deceived by some companies that provide counterfeit recommendations. You should be able to delineate if you are dealing with the rightful authorities to avoid having problems with the law. If the law finds your card to be not genuine, you are subject for imprisonment or payment of penalties. Therefore, you must not trust any issuing company that transact and gives recommendation only through phone. Be cautious of some companies that issues counterfeit cards. Getting a medical marijuana card involves various steps and quite a long process before you can get an approval. Several forms are to be correctly filled-up and processed before you will be approved to have a medical marijuana card.
Patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, cachexia, multiple sclerosis and those who suffer from severe pain, nausea resulting from chemotherapy for cancer treatment, seizures, and persistent muscle spasm can be legally treated with medical marijuana. It could also be used to treat arthritis, brain injury due to stroke, migraines and eating disorders. When one of these conditions is present, the patient will be issued a medical marijuana card.
You can now legally buy medicines when you already have the card. In Colorado, a law called Amendment 20 was approved that allows a patient to have in his possession up to 2 ounces of medical cannabis and grow up to six plants. Medical cannabis is another term for medical marijuana.
There are already 13 states in the United States of America that have already enacted laws to make the use of marijuana legal. In addition to Colorado, the other states are Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Also, there are now other countries that have also legalized the use of marijuana to treat patients with debilitating conditions. These countries include Canada, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain, Finland and Israel.
Huge Increase in Requests For Medical Wacky Weed
The state reaffirmed on Wednesday it hopes the first retail sales of recreational marijuana will begin on July 1. “That’s our goal,” said Deonne Contine, executive director of the Nevada Department of Taxation. Contine gave the Joint Judiciary Committee of the Legislature an overview of the proposed temporary regulations of recreational marijuana Wednesday night. ADVERTISING The state Tax Commission — which is separate from the tax department — could adopt the temporary regulations when it meets Monday. If adopted, the tax department said it plans to begin accepting applications from May 15 to May 31. Only currently licensed and operating medical marijuana companies are eligible to apply for the licenses, which is a provision set by the ballot measure passed by voters in November. Several speakers expressed concern over that deadline at the meeting, saying their companies have medical marijuana licenses but are slated to open after that deadline, leaving them cut off from the early recreational market.