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Cannabis in Nevada became legal for recreational use effective 1 July 2017, having been legalized by ballot initiative in 2016. Medical marijuana use was legalized by ballot initiative in 2000, and has been available to licensed individuals in the state since shortly after that date. Nevada also licenses growers and distributors, and citizens of Nevada are banned from growing their own cannabis unless they live more than 25 miles from a licensed dispensary.

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History


  • Prohibition

    1923

    Nevada first banned cannabis in 1923, during a nationwide trend of states limiting the drug between 1911-1933.

  • Medical marijuana

    1998-11-03

    Nevada voters approved the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act, also known as Question 9, with 59% of the vote. It was approved again in 2000, with 65% of the vote. Because the initiative was a constitutional amendment, it required approval in consecutive elections in order to become law.

  • Legalization

    2016-05-23

    Question 2 was a 2016 Nevada voter initiative to legalize cannabis. The official title was "Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana". The initiative passed on election day, 54%–46%. Possession and consumption by adults became legal on January 1, 2017.

  • Distribution and Regulation

    2017

    On July 1, 2017 Nevada dispensaries began the sale of recreational marijuana. [14] The new law means anyone over the age of 21 that has a valid photo ID may purchase recreational marijuana in the state of Nevada.


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