Cannabis in Nevada

Cannabis in Nevada will be legal for recreational and medical uses starting Jan 1st, 2017, having been legalized by ballot initiative in 2016.


Prohibition (1923)

Nevada first banned cannabis in 1923, during a nationwide trend of states limiting the drug between 1911-1933.[1]

Medical marijuana (2002)

In 2000, Nevada voters opted to legalize medical marijuana.

Failed recreational legalization (2002, 2006)

In 2002 "Question 9" went before the voters with a proposal to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis, but was soundly defeated at the polls.[2] Legalized cannabis appeared on the ballot again in 2006 as the Nevada Regulation of Marijuana Initiative, receiving 44% of the vote.[3]

Legalization (2016)

Question 2 was a 2016 Nevada voter initiative to legalize cannabis. The official title was "Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana".[4] The measure, to appear on the November 8, 2016 ballot, would legalize possession of up to one ounce of cannabis for adults over the age of 21.[5][6] The initiative does not include provisions for regulation beyond taxation, such as licensing retailers.[7]

See also


  1. Richard Davenport-Hines (29 November 2012). The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Social History of Drugs. Orion Publishing Group. pp. 126–. ISBN 978-1-78022-542-5.
  2. Rudolph Joseph Gerber (2004). Legalizing Marijuana: Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 117–. ISBN 978-0-275-97448-0.
  3. Leslie L. Iversen (7 December 2007). The Science of Marijuana. Oxford University Press. pp. 213–. ISBN 978-0-19-988693-7.
  4. Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana, Nevada Secretary of State, April 23, 2014, retrieved 2016-05-23
  5. "Expert to speak on marijuana legalization in Fernley", Reno Gazette-Journal, May 20, 2016
  6. Ken Ritter (March 16, 2015), Nevada marijuana legalization gets official OK for 2016 ballot, Associated Press via The Cannabist
  7. Joe Schoenmann (April 15, 2016), After November, What's Next For Recreational Marijuana In Nevada?, Nevada Public Radio/KNPR
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