Electric Daisy Carnival and Nevada Drug Laws
Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Electric Daisy Carnival (“EDC”) is a three-day dusk-to-dawn electronic music festival held each June at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Despite EDC's “zero-tolerance” policy for drug use and possession and the presence at the festival of numerous Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers, there were a total of 73 felony narcotics arrests at EDC in 2016.  There was also a smaller number of misdemeanor arrests and citations, including several for alcohol-related DUI.

Nevada ecstasy and ketamine possession laws

Drugs commonly consumed at EDC include ecstasy (also known as MDMA or “Molly”), ketamine and marijuana.

Both possession of ecstasy and possession of ketamine are Nevada category E felonies. A first or second Nevada ecstasy or ketamine possession conviction carries a possible sentence of 1-4 years in Nevada State Prison.

As a practical matter, however, most prosecutors will allow people charged with possessing Molly or ecstasy at Electric Daisy to do drug education or participate in Nevada Drug Court. If the program is completed successfully, the felony drug charges will be dismissed.

This allows you to avoid a Nevada felony drug conviction, which could otherwise not only result in prison time, but trigger mandatory legal disclosure requirements on job and housing applications.

Is marijuana legal at Electric Daisy?

As of January 1, 2017, it is legal for adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana or one-eighth of an ounce of concentrated cannabis in Nevada.

However, using marijuana in public is still a crime. A first or second offense is a misdemeanor, punished by a fine of $600 or $1,000, respectively.

It is also illegal to sell marijuana or to give it to anyone under age 21.

To learn more about Nevada weed crimes, please see our article on Nevada marijuana laws.

Other crimes at Electric Daisy Carnival

EDC also has strict rules governing the possession of weapons, drones, and laser pointers at the festival. It is recommended that before you go, you check with the festival website to make sure you understand the restrictions. While it may seem that Las Vegas police officers are there solely to look for illicit drug use, they are also there to prevent violations of Nevada's theft, assault, sexual assault, DUI and other criminal laws.

Charged with a crime at Electric Daisy? Call us for help…

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If you or someone you know was arrested at EDC and is looking for a drug crimes lawyer in Las Vegas, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation.

Our caring Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers will fight to protect your good name and keep you out of jail.

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