Is It Legal to Buy Weed Outside a Dispensary in Vegas?

Written by: The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata

What You Need to Know About Buying Marijuana in Nevada

While the recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Nevada in 2017, there are still limitations on who can purchase the substance and where they can buy it. Before deciding to buy weed in Las Vegas, you need to know what is allowed and what will get you into trouble with the police.

At The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we represent individuals who have been arrested for marijuana crimes in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. We fight hard to protect your rights and your freedom, always working to get drug charges reduced or dismissed. If you were arrested on the Las Vegas strip after purchasing weed illegally, contact our office at (702) 366-0891 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Where Can I Legally Buy Weed in Las Vegas?

The only place to legally buy marijuana in Nevada is from a state-licensed retail store, according to the Cannabis Compliance Board. There are numerous dispensaries located in Las Vegas and all across the state. It is unlawful for people to purchase weed from any other source in the state. Therefore, obtaining pot from a guy selling it on the strip is still illegal.

What Do I Need to Buy Pot in Vegas?

To buy marijuana from a dispensary in Las Vegas, you will need to provide government-issued identification indicating you are at least 21 years of age. It is legal to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis or ⅛ of an ounce of concentrated cannabis. 

While you do not need a medical marijuana card to purchase the substance, it may be beneficial as it will help you avoid the retail excise tax. As reported by Thrillist, a medical marijuana card will not only prevent you from having to pay the nearly 10% tax associated with the sale of recreational pot, but it may also give you access to more variety. 

Where Can I Legally Smoke Weed in Las Vegas?

Until recently, it was only legal for you to consume weed in a private place with the consent of the property owner. However, now people will be able to legally consume marijuana in state-licensed consumption lounges

While federal law prohibits casinos from having them on site, the lounges will likely be able to be found throughout the city. Approved consumption lounges are expected to open this year. Individuals hoping to purchase and consume marijuana should review the state’s cannabis laws to ensure they are in compliance. Violation of a state or federal law could have significant consequences including jail time.

Arrested on Marijuana Charges? Contact Our Office.

If you have been arrested in Las Vegas for purchasing or consuming marijuana, contact our office at (702) 366-0891 to schedule a free consultation. 

We’ve helped thousands of clients and will work with you to prove your innocence. Do not plead guilty without consulting with our office. We will fight the charges and work to get you the best possible outcome in your case. Call now to discuss your case directly with an attorney.

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