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Nevada Marijuana Laws

Nevada Recreational Marijuana Laws

In November 2016, Nevada residents also voted to decriminalize recreational marijuana. The new laws are effective as of January 1, 2017 and would allow adults (21 years or older) to purchase, cultivate, possess, or consume up to one ounce of marijuana and to grow up to six marijuana plants at a time.

Ballot Question 9 -- Approved Nov. 7, 2000 by 65% of voters
Effective: Oct. 1, 2001

Amended: Assembly Bill 453(25 KB)
Effective: Oct. 1, 2001

Amended: Senate Bill 374(280 KB)
Signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval on June 12, 2013

Updates: The Department of Health and Human Services adopted regulations(340 KB) based on the previous amendment on April 1, 2014.

Nevada State Health Division
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104
Carson City, NV, 89706
Phone: 775-687-7594
Fax: 775-684-4156


NV Medical Marijuana Program

Code Sections

Nevada Revised Statute Section 453A.010 et seq. (medical use of marijuana)

*Check back for statutory changes reflecting the new ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana use, including regulations for business licenses that will phase in over time.

Possession Limits

Authorized patients can have no more than 2.5 ounces of usable medical marijuana every 14 days.

Home Cultivation

Authorized patients can have no more than 12 marijuana plants for medical purposes.

Additional Limitations

The number of state-issued certificates for medical marijuana dispensaries per county is limited by population follows:

  • 55,000 to 100,000: Two
  • 100,000-700,000: Ten
  • 700,000 or More: Forty


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