The ramifications of having a drug charge on your permanent record can impact you for years to come. Drug charges can result in large fines, prison time, and having a criminal record. Drug users and sellers can be charged, but in either situation, the consequences can be extremely serious. Even once you’ve paid the fines and done your time, these charges could still affect you in finding employment years down the road. While marijuana is still a Federally outlawed drug, in 2017, Nevada legalized recreational use of marijuana. However, despite being legal in Nevada, it is important to make sure that you understand the laws regarding marijuana use. Here are some of the basics that you should know and be aware of if you plan to use marijuana in Las Vegas or surrounding cities.
- Who Can Use It – Adults who are 21 and over may possess and use marijuana.
- Where Can I Use It – Marijuana can only be used in personal, residential dwellings. This means that you can use it inside your home, inside your friend’s home, or any other residential home you are in. However, you may not smoke it in any hotel rooms, offices, dorm rooms, public areas, schools, casinos, or bars. If you choose to smoke marijuana anywhere that is not your residential dwelling, you run the risk of receiving fines up to $600.
- How Much Can I Have? – At any one time you may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. If you are caught with more than 1 ounce, you could be charged with a Category E Felony, which could result in probation or other charges.
- Where Can I Buy It? – Marijuana can only be purchased from licensed dispensaries. Any other means of receiving it could result in jail time, fines, or other legal ramifications.
- Who Can Grow It – If you live 25 or more miles from any one licensed dispensary, it is legal for you to grow your own marijuana. However, there are laws that regulate and specify how much marijuana you may grow. Each individual is allowed to grow up to 6 marijuana plants on their personal property (if no licensed dispensary resides within 25 miles). However, you may only grow up to 12 plants total on your property, even if the number of residents on your private residence is higher.
While marijuana use is becoming more common and acceptable across state lines, it is extremely important that you understand the laws surrounding marijuana usage. If you make a mistake, get caught selling or trafficking marijuana, or get caught possessing more than the legal amount of marijuana, it is crucial that you seek legal counsel to represent you. Marijuana charges can come with hefty fees, long probationary periods, and even jail time. If you or a loved one are facing marijuana charges, please call our JK Nelson Law office in Las Vegas and Pahrump so that we can help represent and defend you and your best interests in court. At JK Nelson Law, we will treat you and your loved ones like you’re our own family, and we’ll fight for you the same way we would our family. We want to help make sure that you receive the minimum fines and penalties possible and get you back to your everyday life as soon as possible. Call us to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys, today.