On January 1, 2017 recreational marijuana use became legal in Nevada. However, there are still penalties for using marijuana in public. So before you go cruising through Midtown on your fixed gear ripping a joint, please remember that the law only allows for the use of pot in the privacy of your own home.
Obtaining Marijuana from Local Dispensaries
Now, just because weed became legal in Nevada to use, doesn’t mean you can walk into your local marijuana dispensary and buy some “chronic” or “cush.” At this time, dispensaries still require you to have a medical card to purchase pot. However, a new important date is rapidly approaching.
Marijuana dispensaries in Nevada are scheduled to start selling marijuana to the general public on July 1, 2017. What is important to recognize here is that this does not change the law at all. Pot users should still not carry weed and or weed paraphernalia in public.
Nevada Penalties for Marijuana Possession
One of the common side effects of smoking pot is forgetfulness. So if you happen to forget that your stash is in your pocket and you have a run in with the law, you may be subject to the following penalties for possession of marijuana in Nevada:
- Possession or use of marijuana in public is considered a misdemeanor and subject to a maximum $600 fine.
- Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor and subject to a maximum $600 fine.
If you’re planning on breaking the law or are just curious, a complete list of marijuana related offenses, penalties, and fines for Nevada can be found here: http://norml.org/laws/item/nevada-penalties-2
If those plans don’t necessarily go so well, and you happen to go to jail for a drug related crime, it’s best to seek help from a criminal defense attorney. Having police officers, bailiffs, prosecuting district attorneys, and a judge, all in the same room giving you the stink eye, can get pretty overwhelming. Even the most confident individuals have folded under the pressure of the courtroom. However, local marijuana attorney Richard P. Davies is a seasoned trial lawyer, having represented people charged with capital murder to traffic tickets, and is no stranger to a high pressure courtroom environment.
All in all, the legalization of marijuana in Nevada should generate a good amount tax revenue for the state. During his State of the State address in January 2017, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said, “My budget includes one new source of revenue: a 10 percent excise tax on all retail sales of marijuana.”
Seeking Help for a Drug Charge in Nevada
As usual, there seems to more and more of a gray area surrounding the laws and penalties of marijuana possession, marijuana DUI, and even marijuana sales. Any attorney will tell you that you should seek professional representation when faced with a drug charge, and they would be right. Why would you risk your future and well being by trying to defend your rights in court yourself? Don’t take any chances–contact Richard P. Davies, even if just for a consultation discussion. He’ll get you on the right track.