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Is concentrated cannibas legal in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Mar 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

Nevada law permits adults (21 and up) to possess a maximum of 1/8 oz. of concentrated cannabis for personal use. People may not sell it unless they are licensed dealers.

Concentrated cannabis is extracted from marijuana. Therefore, it is more potent than marijuana. That is why people may lawfully possess an ounce of marijuana but just 1/8 an ounce of concentrated cannabis.

There are several types of concentrated cannabis, including:

  • Kief
  • Hashish (hash)
  • Live Resin
  • Wax (shatter, crumble, or honeycomb)
  • Budder or Badder 
  • Pull and Snap
  • Tinctures
  • Distillates
  • Isolates
  • Crystrallines

No cannabis zones

The only place people may possess and use their concentrated cannabis is a private home. Hotel rooms and dorm rooms do not count as private homes. It is expected that licensed "social lounges" will soon open in Nevada where people may legally use.

Punishments for misusing concentrated cannabis

Each marijuana crime has its own penalties:

Concentrated cannabis offense

Penalties in Nevada

Possessing in public (NRS 453.336)

Misdemeanor:

  • Fine of $600

Being high (NRS 453.411)

Misdemeanor:

  • Jail for up to 6 months; and/or
  • Maximum fines of $1,000

Possessing more than 1/8 oz. - but less than 1 lb. - for personal use (NRS 453.336)

1st or 2nd offense

Category E felony:

The judge usually grants probation for a first-time conviction.

3rd or subsequent offense

Category D felony:

  • Prison for 1 – 4 years; and
  • Up to $5,000 in fines (at the court's discretion)

Possession for the purpose of sale (NRS 453.337)

1st offense

Category D felony:

  • Prison for 1 – 4 years, and
  • Up to $5,000 in fines (at the court's discretion)

The court may grant probation and a suspended sentence.

2nd offense

Category C felony:

  • Prison for 1 – 5 years; and
  • Up to $10,000 in fines (at the court's discretion)

The court usually may not grant probation and a suspended sentence.


3rd or subsequent offense

Category B felony:

  • Prison for 3 – 15 years; and
  • Up to $20,000 in fines (at the court's discretion)

The court usually may not grant probation and a suspended sentence.

Selling or transporting (NRS 453.321)

1st offense

Category B felony:

  • Prison for 1 – 6 years; and
  • Up to $20,000 in fines (at the court's discretion)

The court may grant probation and a suspended sentence.

2nd offense

Category B felony:

  • Prison for 2 – 10 years; and
  • Up to $20,000 in fines (at the court's discretion)

The court usually may not grant probation and a suspended sentence.

3rd or subsequent offense

Category B felony:

  • Prison for 3 – 15 years; and
  • Up to $20,000 in fines (at the court's discretion)

The court usually may not grant probation and a suspended sentence.

Processing concentrated cannabis (NRS 453.3393)

Category C felony:

  • Prison for 1 – 5 years; and
  • Maximum fines of $10,000 (at the court's discretion)

The defendant may also have to pay any cleanup costs.

Trafficking - anything involving 1 lb. or more of concentrated cannabis (NRS 453.339)

1 lb. to less than 20 lbs.

Category C felony:

  • Prison for 1 – 5 years; and
  • Up to $25,000 in fines

20 lbs. to less than 100 lbs.

Category B felony:

  • Prison for 2 – 10 years; and
  • Up to $50,000 in fines

100 lbs. or more

Category A felony:

  • Prison for 15 years – life; and
  • Up to $200,000 in fines

Parole may be possible after 5 years.

About the Author

Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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