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A simple guide to buying marijuana in Las Vegas this weekend

Here’s all you need to know about buying weed in Sin City

By Brendan Bures
July 9, 2017 3:59PM (UTC)


This article originally appeared on The Fresh Toast.

You are officially able to purchase recreational marijuana in Las Vegas as of July 1, though the road getting here wasn’t so smooth. Vegas just performed the fastest turnaround from legalization to sales in states that have approved recreational cannabis. The move was made to increase Nevada’s potential tax revenue created by marijuana sales, though tensions over distribution rights almost stalled the July 1 kickoff date.

Thanks to the 45 million annual tourists visiting Las Vegas from out of town, some are predicting that Nevada will soon outpace Colorado and Washington — states where legalization has long been the case — in sales. It remains imperative to note: Though this is Sin City we’re discussing, rules still govern the proceedings. Marijuana remains federally illegal and that causes some complications for those looking to enjoy some fresh bud.

Here’s what you should know.

How to purchase

Many brick-and-mortar dispensaries who previously sold medicinal cannabis require approval before selling marijuana recreationally. The Associated Press reports 17 stores have already been approved and there could be upwards of 40 places available to buy cannabis. Dispensaries aren’t wasting a second either, as The Las Vegas Sun writes at least 15 dispensaries will open at 12:01 a.m. on July 1.

Those interested who are at least 21 years of age with valid ID can buy up to an ounce of weed and an eighth of an ounce of edibles or concentrates.

Where to consume

Nevada residents have been legally able to smoke in their private homes since January 1. That will still be the case. However, it’s important to remember it’s still illegal to light up in public. That means no public parks, moving vehicles, hotels, or casinos (more on those last two in a second).

While drinking alcohol outdoors on the Strip is allowed depending on who you ask — it is technically illegal but not generally enforced — there is no indication how marijuana will be handled. Generally, it remains a bad idea. Why? Because consuming marijuana in public can lead to a $600 ticket.

What’s the deal with hotels and casinos

Casinos are often establishments riddled with vices. Booze and clouds of smoke hang in the air. Despite the recent changes in state law, those smoke clouds still won’t be from cannabis. That’s because casinos and hotels operate under federal law and, in case you forgot, marijuana remains federally illegal.

This has led some to speculate the popularity of tinctures and edibles, as tourists can discreetly consume those products without suffering consequences. If those products are new to you, be cautious. Edibles can take up to two hours until kicking in. Don’t be like Maureen Dowd.

Where To Purchase Stores will hold kickoff parties and the like in honor of recreational legalization. You can find most of that information on the stores websites and social media pages. For a full list of where and when to buy recreational marijuana July 1, check here.

Here’s all you need to know about buying weed in Sin City

Your Visitor’s Guide to Recreational Cannabis on the Las Vegas Strip

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When was marijuana legalized in Nevada?

Nevada legalized medicinal cannabis on November 7th, 2000. It would take another 15 years until the very first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors, though. Full legalization of cannabis for ages 21 and up was passed on November 8th, 2016 thanks to the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or Question 2.

Is it legal to possess marijuana in Vegas?

Up to 3.5 grams of cannabis concentrates or hash on a single person also is penalty free.

There are no penalties for possession of paraphernalia by people 21 years of age or older.

Anyone with a valid medical marijuana card who is at least 18 years of age can also legally purchase marijuana in Nevada.

Where can you smoke marijuana in Las Vegas?

What does that mean for you?

At the federal level, cannabis is still classified as an illegal, schedule 1 substance.

In Las Vegas it is illegal to smoke or consume marijuana in public, in a vehicle, or on any federal land. You may be at risk of a fine or potential jail-time if you are stopped by a federal officer of any capacity including federal park rangers.

Can I smoke marijuana in my hotel room?
Can I consume cannabis in a casino?

What are the state penalties if you are stopped by law enforcement?

While violating Nevada State marijuana consumption laws is categorized as a misdemeanor, it still can result in up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, and/or community service.

Is it legal to drive while under the influence of cannabis?

Taking cannabis products across state lines remains illegal, and would result in a felony conviction if you were arrested for it. We do not advise transportation of any cannabis products across state lines for any reason.

What is the legal cannabis limit in Las Vegas?

  1. the substance has impaired the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, OR
  2. the driver’s blood contains 2 nanograms per ml. of marijuana (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) or 5 nanograms per ml. of marijuana metabolite (11-OH-tetrahydrocannabinol).
    What the law fails to mention is how a nanogram per ml compares to an actual cannabis dose. Because the amount of THC you consume from smoking flower depends on a lot of factors, we’re going to look at a cartridge for our example.

2 nanograms per milliliter is equal to .002 milligrams a liter. The average human body contains roughly 5 liters of blood. How much THC would you need in your system to fail a blood test? Just .010 milligrams.

One puff from a cartridge tested at 25% THC would put your immediate blood level at 0.13mg of THC per liter, well over the .002mg per liter set by Nevada law. Marijuana metabolite can remain in your system much longer making it nearly impossible to pass a blood test for marijuana if you’ve had any within a month.

What’s your best option? Don’t drive. There are plenty of other ways to get around Las Vegas, and you can even take a hop on/hop off dispensary tour if you want to see everything cannabis-related the city has to offer.

How can I apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Vegas?

  1. Fill out your registry request and mail it to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health along with a $25 money order or check made payable to the same.
  2. You’ll need approval from a Physician that is licensed in Nevada. You can find local physicians in your area by visiting the Nevada Department of Health site.

Can I apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Las Vegas if I am not from Nevada?

  • Possess a current, valid MM card from your home state.
  • Your home state must exempt cardholders from medical marijuana use-related prosecution: for example, a Washington State card holder.
  • Your home state must require approval from a physician before a MM card may be issued.
  • Your home state must maintain an up-to-date MM card database that Nevada state authorities can access in order to verify your home state’s medical marijuana card validity.

Can I give marijuana to a friend?

If you accept a payment for any marijuana product, it becomes a sales transaction. Outside of a dispensary, that transaction is still illegal.

Can my employer drug test me for smoking marijuana in Las Vegas?

What does a minor in Vegas need to know about cannabis?

What are the penalties for violating age-related cannabis laws in NV?
  • Falsely representing oneself as 21+ and attempting to purchase marijuana is a misdemeanor charge.
  • Minors loitering or entering a cannabis store may receive up to a $500 fine.

What’s the safest way to store your marijuana?

Make your cannabis purchase kid-proof.

Keep all of your marijuana products in your hotel-room safe. This is one of the smartest ways to store your cannabis. Set the code at random (as long as you can remember it) and you can rest easy knowing that no one other than yourself will have access to it.

Keep your cannabis products in child-resistant packaging. There is a range of tamper-proof containers and bags that are very difficult for young children to open. If you don’t have a room-safe, keep your containers in a high, out of the way place.

Only buy what you will consume. Another option is to only buy what you are going to consume that day. Keep all cannabis products on your person and you can avoid having anything left out that a child or teenager could get into.

The Nevada Government has a great informational resource for parents. Determining when to and how to talk to a child about drugs and alcohol can be difficult. The roadmap they’ve provided can make these conversations a little bit easier.

Where can you consume cannabis? Do you need an mmj card? Our tourist guide to cannabis on the Las Vegas Strip answers all of these questions and more. ]]>