Places in Nevada where consuming marijuana is still illegal


Adults 21 and older may possess up to 1 oz. of marijuana in Nevada, but not in public except for licensed social use venues in Las Vegas.[1] Even private residences are off limits under Las Vegas Nevada marijuana laws if the property owner or homeowner association prohibits weed on the premises.[2]

The following are just some Nevada locations where smoking a joint may result in misdemeanor charges carrying a $600 fine:

  • common areas in apartment buildings[3]
  • office buildings[4]
  • schools, colleges, universities & day care centers[5]
  • casinos[6]
  • hotels, including hotel rooms[7]
  • bars and restaurants, including hookah lounges[8]
  • stadiums[9]
  • parks[10]
  • public bathrooms[11]
  • planes[12]
  • McCarran International Airport[13]
  • all airports past the TSA checkpoint[14]
  • public transportation, including taxis, trains, shuttles, monorails, and buses[15]
  • private transportation, including cars, motorcycles, boats, and bikes[16]
  • federal lands, including parks, forests and monuments[17]
  • federal buildings, including post offices, courthouses, airports, housing, and VA buildings[18]
  • any other public place[19]

Las Vegas is licensing a limited number of "lounges" for legal public marijuana consumption.[20]

Note that federal law prohibits marijuana possession and consumption everywhere, not just in public.[21] But the feds are unlikely to target solely recreational users who follow state and local laws.

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Legal References:

  1. NRS 453D.400.
  2. NRS 118A.
  3. See NRS 453D.400.
  4. Id.; NRS 618.375.
  5. See, e.g., Selected Nevada State College Policies.
  6. See NRS 453D.400.
  7. Id.
  8. Id.
  9. Id.
  10. Id.
  11. Id.
  12. See 21 U.S. Code § 955.
  13. Michael Scott Davidson, Pot possession, advertising banned at Las Vegas airport, Las Vegas Review-Journal (September 5, 2017).
  14. See 21 U.S. Code § 955.
  15. See NRS 453D.400.
  16. See id.; see NRS 484B.150.
  17. 21 U.S. Code § 844.
  18. Id.
  19. See NRS 453D.400.
  20. NRS 453.411; Shea Johnson, "First in State, Las Vegas Approves Marijuana Lounges," Las Vegas Review-Journal (May 1, 2019).
  21. See 21 U.S. Code § 802; 21 U.S. Code § 844.

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