Congratulations are in order for my home state of Nevada! As of January 1st 2017, it became legal for adults 21 and older to possess and consume marijuana and, as of July 1st, it officially became available for adults to purchase in retail stores.
The prospect of being able to legally buy and consume weed in the entertainment capital of the world certainly has many already planning their next “Vegas Trip”, and the city is eager to receive them.
With over 40 million visitors per year, Nevada is slated to become the largest recreational marijuana market to date and many are already calling Sin City the “Amsterdam of America”.
However, with this new found freedom come several important rules and restrictions that you should be aware of. Here are the top things you need to know before you set out to score some legal pot in Vegas:
Who Can Buy It?
Adults age 21 years or older with a valid state ID, Driver’s License, or Passport.
Where Can You Buy It?
33 Medical Marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas were granted licenses to also sell Adult-Use. They are located all throughout the Vegas valley. I recommend using a site like WeedMaps to find the dispensary most convenient for you.
What Can You Buy?
Adult-Use shops will be selling typical cannabis products such as:
- Cannabis Flower
- Vape Pens
How Much Can You Buy?
The state limits adults 21 years and older to 1 ounce of marijuana flower or 3.5 grams of concentrates.
Ok, but how much is that?
Without being too scientific, it’s a lot. Heres some perspective:
Your typical marijuana cigarette/joint will contain about .5 grams of marijuana flower. There are 28 grams in the 1 ounce you are allowed, meaning that you can buy up to 56 joints-worth of marijuana per person.
As far as concentrates go, a typical vapor pen will contain .5 grams of marijuana concentrate. Depending on how you use it, one .5 gram vapor pen will provide anywhere from 50 – 80 “hits” of marijuana vapor. In many cases one or two hits from a vapor pen is enough to feel the effects.
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How Much Will It Cost?
Prices will vary from store to store and will also be dependent on the quality of the product you are buying, but recreational customers can expect:
Raw Cannabis Buds/Flower: $25 - $60 for 3.5 grams (1/8 oz.)
Cannabis Concentrates: $30 - $60 for .5 grams
Vapor Pens: $20 will usually get you a .5 gram pen. Pens are also available in 1 gram units.
Edibles: $25 - $50 per pack. Edibles are limited to 100mg THC per package and will be divided into 10mg doses.
*Due to recent emergency changes in the laws governing edibles in Nevada, there may be a shortages due to difficulties modifying existing inventories to comply with these regulations. *
Note: These prices do not include the 10% special tax that will be charged upon sale of all recreational cannabis products.
Pro Tips for Consuming Cannabis in Las Vegas:
No Smoking in Public!
While it may be legal to consume alcohol in public in Vegas, the same is not true for cannabis. In fact, adults are technically only allowed by law to consume cannabis on private property where it is explicitly permitted. Which means…
Unfortunately the current laws in Nevada state that cannabis can only be consumed in private residences. Additionally, most hotels are prohibiting the use of cannabis on their properties to avoid any potential conflict with Federal Gaming Commission and Gambling laws. This leaves tourists with very limited options if they wish to abide by all state laws, forcing them to either risk smoking in their hotels where it is prohibited, or smoking in public places and risking up to $600 in fines and a misdemeanor charge.
Many folks may naturally then look to their own vehicles for a private place to consume their legal marijuana, but unless you’re in a parked RV that can be considered your residence, vehicles won’t provide you with any protection.
Due to these restrictive rules limiting where you can consume your cannabis, edibles may be a safer option. Consumption of edibles is prohibited in the same areas as any marijuana product, but their discreet and generally odorless nature may provide consumers with some peace of mind.
Don’t drive under the influence of marijuana! While evidence linking cannabis to increased risk of accidents is far from proven, it is still illegal to drive under the influence. Additionally, you should also keep in mind that the only way for law enforcement officers to determine cannabis intoxication is by means of a blood test. These tests can come back positive for THC long after the apparent effects have dissipated, which means you could potentially be charged with a DUI even if you were not impaired at the time of the traffic stop.
Can I Take My Cannabis Home With Me?
Unless you live in Nevada, the answer is no. Due to the continuing federal prohibition of marijuana, even if you are taking your weed from Nevada to another state where it is legal, like California, it is still illegal to cross state lines with any amount of cannabis. So finish off your stash before heading home!
Have any other tips, tricks, or stories about buying marijuana in Nevada? Leave a comment or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!