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.
Nevada Marijuana Laws
So you live in a medical marijuana state and have been approved to use marijuana to treat your medical condition... what's next?
Now it's time to find a reliable source for high quality medical grade cannabis. Depending on your individual state laws, medical marijuana can be legally purchased at dispensaries, clinics or coops. While each place is setup different, here are some basic things to look for when making your choice of primary caregiver:
The first step in choosing where to purchase your medicinal marijuana is to identify all sources in close proximity to your location. The best tool for this task is Google maps. So go to Google Maps and do a simple search for something like "Colorado dispensaries" and the results will be overlayed as location markers on the interactive map.
Once you have a list of a few clinics or dispensaries in your area, you can then start researching more information about each by searching for specific names. If you don't know the name of a particular place, you can do a simple Google search for something like "Colorado dispensary reviews" or "the best Colorado dispensaries" and find great user written reviews. Use the information you find in this step to narrow down your selection to the top 3 places to buy medical marijuana.
So now that you've done the proper research, it's time to actually visit the top marijuana dispensaries and clinics on your list. There is no better research than your own first hand experience so will you need to check these places out by yourself to really know which is the right source for you. One thing to keep in mind is that the medical marijuana industry is still so young that an industry standard for how these places operate does not really exist yet. What this means for you is every single dispensary or clinic that you visit will be a unique experience.
After visiting a few places, you will quickly see how the general atmosphere and layout of a cannabis clinic or dispensary can vary widely from place to place. Some places that you visit will feel like you're walking into a doctors office with their stark and clinical environment; while other places feel like your walking into a friend's comfy home. Whatever your preference, there is a medical marijuana source that is right for you!
Nevada marijuana sales permit application period begins
The application period for Nevada’s early-start marijuana sales is officially underway. The Department of Taxation began accepting applications Monday for businesses wanting to grow, produce and sell recreational marijuana. The licenses will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell cannabis products to adults 21 and older, with the goal of retail sales beginning July 1. The application deadline ends May 31. The voter-approved ballot measure tasked the state with creating a regulated marijuana sales structure by the start of 2018. But after visiting and studying other states that legalized marijuana, Nevada officials determined that waiting a full year after the drug became legal would risk growing the black market. ADVERTISING Businesses will need similar licenses at the state level to begin selling marijuana to non-medical patients. Clark County, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas are all planning to issue licenses by July 1. Henderson implemented a six-month moratorium on retail marijuana in February. Only currently licensed and operating medical marijuana establishments in good standing with the state are eligible to apply for retail, production, cultivation and testing licenses. Distribution licenses are available to liquor wholesalers, medical marijuana companies and operating medical marijuana distribution companies. Permanent regulations are being crafted by the Department of Taxation, and permanent licenses are expected to be issued on Jan. 1. License to sell How much a 6-month recreational marijuana licenses will costs businesses: $5,000 to apply for a license, plus an additional fee if the company is awarded a license. Those additional fees range from: $20,000 for retail stores $30,000 for cultivation facilities $10,000 for production facilities $15,000 for testing labs $15,000 for distributors