It is now legal in Nevada for adults 21 and over to possess up to 1 oz. of marijuana in private. Despite Las Vegas's reputation as "Sin City," Clark County still imposes high fines and/or lengthy sentences for the wrongful possession, cultivation, or sale of pot.
On this page our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys provide a brief overview of Nevada marijuana laws with links to our in-depth articles on legal definitions, penalties, and defense strategies. Click on a topic to jump to that section:
- 1. Possession and use
- 2. Growing and cultivation
- 3. Sale and distribution
- 4. Driving under the influence
For comprehensive information on medical pot laws, visit our page on the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program.
1. The possession and use of marijuana in Nevada
Adults 21 and older may possess up to one ounce (1 oz.) of pot for personal use. But it is still illegal to consume pot anywhere outside a private residence.
Smoking weed in public (including in casinos or hotel rooms) carries a $600 fine. And possessing more than 1 oz. of pot is a felony.
- Learn more about marijuana possession laws (NRS 453.336)
- Learn about how Nevada law defines marijuana (NRS 453.096)
Cultivating recreational weed is illegal unless the person lives more than 25 miles from a licensed dispensary. In that case, one person may grow up to 6 plants. No household may have more than 12 plants.
- Learn more about marijuana cultivation laws (NRS 453.3393)
Only licensed dispensaries may lawfully sell and distribute pot. The illegal sale of pot is a felony carrying potentially years in Nevada State Prison. Merely possessing pot with the intent to sell it is also a crime.
- Learn more about marijuana possession for sale laws (NRS 453.337)
- Learn more about selling marijuana laws (NRS 453.321)
Selling or possessing 50 lbs. or more of weed is automatically prosecuted as trafficking. Depending on the amount of pot in the case, prison sentences range from 1 year to life.
- Learn more about trafficking marijuana laws (NRS 453.339)
Nevada law prohibits not only drunk driving but also drugged driving. Even if a driver is operating the car safely, he/she can still face a DUI for having high cannabis levels in his/her blood. And DUI convictions cannot be sealed for at least 7 years.
- Learn more about driving under the influence of marijuana (DUID)
Arrested? Call a Nevada criminal defense attorney...
Pot is arguably less unhealthy and addictive than such legal substances as beer and cigarettes. Nevertheless, weed remains criminal both federally and in Nevada.
Furthermore, any immigrant who is convicted of a pot crime (other than possessing 30 grams or less) may be deported. Learn more about the criminal defense of aliens.
If you are in need of criminal defense legal representation in Nevada, contact our Las Vegas marijuana attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) to schedule a free consultation.
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Learn about California pot crimes at our page on California pot laws.