Nevada Laws The state of Nevada currently gives more severe punishments for
those guilty of cultivating, selling, distributing marijuana than those
who are solely in the possession of marijuana. This state also allows
some to use and possess marijuana legally for medical purposes. Medical
purposes also allow the growth of a specific number of plants as well
as the possession of a certain amount at one time.
Nevada requires that those who qualify for medical necessities to first
have the proper documentation from a physician that states the medical
need. All medical users who violate the guidelines of medical usage
will be subject to criminal charges.
Nevada currently has treatment and rehabilitation programs for some
marijuana offenders. State laws also require a tax stamp law and a one
hundred-dollar per gram fee and a two hundred fifty-dollar registration
Possession All possession charges are based on the amount and age at the
time of the arrest. Possessing less than one ounce on a first offense
by an individual over the age of twenty-one is considered a misdemeanor
offense. This kind of misdemeanor is punishable by treatment or
rehabilitation and a fine of six hundred dollars.
Being over the age of twenty-one on a second offense of possessing less
than one ounce is also a misdemeanor offense. This offense is penalized
by a fine of one thousand dollars and treatment and rehabilitation.
A third offense of possessing less than an ounce by an individual over
the age of twenty-one is considered a gross misdemeanor. This offense
can earn up to one year of imprisonment and a fine up to two thousand
dollars. All other possession offenses are considered Class E Felonies.
An individual possessing less than an ounce on a fourth offense can
earn one to four years of imprisonment and a fine up to five thousand
dollars. This is the same punishment for an individual under the age of
twenty-one who possesses less than one ounce on a first or second
offense. Fourth and third offenses by those under twenty-one have
increased fines of five thousand dollars.
Sale and Cultivation All sale and cultivation offenses are considered felony
offenses. Selling or cultivating fewer than one hundred pounds can earn
penalties between one year to fifteen years of incarceration and a fine
up to twenty thousand dollars.
Selling or cultivating between one hundred and two thousand pounds can
earn five years of imprisonment and twenty-five thousand dollars in
The sale or cultivation of marijuana between two thousand and ten
thousand pounds can earn two to twenty years in prison with a fifty
Cultivating or selling more than ten thousand pounds can earn life in
prison and up to two hundred thousand dollars in fines.
The sale to minors has increased punishments that are considered the
most severe felony offenses. First offenses of selling to minors can
earn one year to twenty years in prison and variable fines.
Second offenses of selling to minors can be punished by life in prison
and variable fines. Selling on or within one thousand feet of school
property can earn double penalties of specified pounds amounts.