Quick Facts:

Is medicinal cannabis legal? Yes

Is it recreational marijuana legal? No

As far as cannabis legalization in Nevada goes, as of 2001, weed can be used for medical purposed only. Chapter 453 states that if a patient has “written documentation” from their physician, they can use marijuana for certain approved medical conditions.

Cannabis legalization for medical conditions means that a patient can have up to two and a half ounces of useable cannabis and own twelve plants. If a patient lives within twenty-five miles of an operating dispensary there are limitations on how much they can grow themselves as of July 2013. Some of the qualifying conditions are AIDS, cachexia, cancer, glaucoma, PTSD, seizures, severe nausea and pain, and there are other conditions subject to approval.

The Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana will be considered in November of 2016 by Nevada voters. According to Marijuana Policy Project, there were 8,500 cannabis-related arrests in the state of Nevada in 2012, and the majority of these were for possession.

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