As you have probably heard, the drug laws in Nevada and California recently went under some groundbreaking changes. Before you go smoking any marijuana, though, make sure you understand the following.
Is This Just for Medicinal Users?
In California, marijuana has been legal for people with a license for years. That license could only be given by a doctor who had to first examine the person. Even then, the license would dictate how much the patient could buy at any one time.
However, you can now forget about those rules completely as recreational use means anyone of the legal age (more on that next) can buy and smoke marijuana.
The rules are different in Nevada, though. They’re basically following the same laws California used to, meaning you have to have a prescription from your doctor to buy and/or use marijuana.
At the moment, no company in NV has the license to sell recreational marijuana, but that will change over the next year. Part of the law that passed says that the Department of Taxation has until January 1st, 2018 to come up with rules regarding the state’s sales and licenses of retail marijuana dispensaries.
Who Can Legally Use Marijuana in Nevada and California?
In both states, the legal age is 21. You can expect underage tickets just like you would get with alcohol if you smoke weed before you’re of age.
So I Can Buy As Much Marijuana as I Want?
The simple answer is that, yes, you can. Obviously, in Nevada, you need the proper license.
Now, the law actually says you can only possess an ounce of marijuana at any one time. “Only” is a bit misleading here, though, because an ounce is a lot of marijuana. This dried plant does not weigh much, so an ounce is about a sandwich bag worth of weed.
For those who are long-time smokers, a joint has about ½ gram of weed in it, so your legal maximum is good for about 60 joints. You can always buy more, too.
If you plan on buying marijuana concentrate, the amount drops down to 1/8 ounce, but that’s still a lot considering how much THC is in that solution.
Am I Allowed to Operate a Motor Vehicle with Marijuana in It?
You are permitted to have marijuana in our car, yes, so long as it’s within the legal limit we just discussed. Driving while under the influence of marijuana is still against the law, though. In fact, passengers in your car can’t even smoke while it’s moving.
Can I Grow My Own Marijuana?
No. There are some exceptions for people who live in extremely rural areas of Nevada, but otherwise, you are prohibited from growing your own marijuana. You can also expect for law enforcement to step up their attempts to find homegrown plants, too, as Colorado has faced big problems with this.
This article should help you better understand what to expect from these new laws, but as we just touched on, plenty of new developments could be on the horizon going forward.