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Las Vegas cops expecting drug arrests at Electric Daisy Carnival

Posted by Neil Shouse | Jun 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

Electric Daisy Carnival (“EDC”) is a three-day dusk-to-dawn electronic music festival held each June at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The next one is coming up this June 16th through 18th.

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.

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

Other offenses cops are on the lookout for at the Electric Daisy Carnival include theft, sexual assault, assault, drone use, weapon crimes, public urination, and disorderly conduct. Learn more about our Electric Daisy Carnival arrest lawyers.

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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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