Frequently Asked Questions
What is the new law?
8, 2016, Nevada voters passed ballot question 2, which legalized the possession
of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 years and older and provides for
the retail sale of marijuana. It also assigns responsibility to the Department
of Taxation for establishing licensing qualifications and procedures, as well
as the regulation of marijuana establishments like cultivation facilities,
distributors, and retailers. The new law imposes a 15 percent excise tax on
marijuana wholesale sales.
When does it take effect?
law takes effect January 1, 2017.
What is the Department doing to implement the new law?
Department is developing regulations to implement the provisions of the law.
The law gives the Department one year after it takes effect to have regulations
in place and to begin accepting applications for licenses. The Department
anticipates holding a public workshop in the first quarter of 2017 on proposed
temporary regulations. Once those regulations are adopted, the Department can begin accepting applications for licenses to
operate a marijuana establishment.
When can I apply for a license?
temporary regulations are approved, the Department can begin accepting
applications. For the first 18 months after the Department begins accepting
applications, it can ONLY accept applications for retail stores, product
manufacturing facilities, and cultivation facilities from people who already
hold a medical marijuana establishment registration certificate. Additionally,
the Department can only issue licenses for marijuana distributors to people
holding wholesale dealer licenses (unless an insufficient number of marijuana
distributors will result from this limitation). Once that 18-month period is
up, the Department can accept applications from others.
How many retail stores can there be?
The Department is limited to issuing a certain number
of licenses based on the population of the county. There can be:
- Up to 80 stores
in counties with a population of more than 700,000
- Up to 20 stores
in counties with a population between 100,000 and 700,000
- Up to 4 stores in
counties with a population between 55,000 and 100,000
- Up to 2 stores in
counties with a population of fewer than 55,000
How will retail marijuana be taxed?
facilities will be required to pay a 15 percent excise tax on the wholesale
sale of recreational marijuana. Retail purchases of retail marijuana will be
subject to state and local sales tax. Retailers will collect sales tax from
consumers and remit it to the state.
Can I smoke marijuana in public?
initiative makes it illegal to smoke or consume marijuana in a public place or
Can I grow my own marijuana at home?
January 1, 2017, a person 21 years of age or older can grow up to six marijuana
plants for personal use on property they own (or with approval from the owner),
but only if they are more than 25 miles from a licensed retail marijuana store.
The cultivation must take place in an enclosed area that has a lock or other
security device that allows access to only the authorized person. No household
can have more than 12 plants, regardless of the number of eligible household
How do I get more information?
Department continues to develop regulations, more in-depth information will be
posted to this page. Check back for updates.
To receive email updates on retail marijuana implementation, including regulation workshops, send a message to: email@example.com
What is the Governor's Task Force?
The Governor's Task Force for the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act was established by Executive Order and is tasked with making recommendations on the implementation of Question 2. The Task Force and its eight working groups will meet between March and May 2017 to develop their recommendations. You can find meeting dates, agendas, and materials on the Task Force page.