Legal Marijuana in Las Vegas
Recreational marijuana is now legal in Las Vegas.
Here’s some information for those who like marijuana and for those who don’t.
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Imagine if instead of Las Vegas we were pedaling through beautiful Kentucky. Some people would want to stop at a store and buy a bottle of Kentucky’s famous whiskey.
Other people couldn’t care less about whiskey and would skip it.
Same idea here.
During our Pedal the West ride some people will want to stop at a store and buy some of Las Vegas's famous legal marijuana.
Other people couldn’t care less about marijuana and will skip it.
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Think about any other ride you’ve ever been on. At the end of the day someone might say, “I’m going to the bar to get a drink -- anyone want to come along?” Those who want a drink go; those who don’t want a drink don’t.
Not much difference here.
At the end of the day someone might say, “I’m going off to smoke some [legal] marijuana -- anyone want to come along?” Those who want to smoke go; those who don’t want to smoke don’t.
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Back home there are lots of places that are No Smoking areas -- bars, restaurants, hotel lobbies.... Las Vegas is the same way, except a No Smoking sign in Vegas means no smoking tobacco or marijuana. If you want to avoid marijuana entirely you’ll have no trouble doing so, and you’ll never feel like you’ve been left out.
Everyone on the trip is going to show friendly respect for those who want to enjoy legal marijuana and for those who don’t.
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If we were pedaling in Cuba I’d provide you with information about where to get Cuban cigars. At this writing those cigars are still illegal at home and not necessarily great for your health, but I know that some folks on the trip would like that info. Mature adults could decide for themselves whether they wanted a Cuban cigar or not.
We’ll do the same thing here -- provide information about where to get legal Las Vegas marijuana. Mature adults can decide for themselves if they want it or not.
The rest of this page contains information only for those who want to buy legal marijuana.
Not of interest to you? Just skip it.
Q: Who can buy and use recreational marijuana in Las Vegas?
A: Anyone who is at least 21 years old, whether they are from Nevada or not.
Anyone 18 years and older with a valid medical marijuana card can purchase cannabis legally in Nevada, even if the card has been issued from another state. Minors can also qualify for a medical card as long as a parent or guardian signs the Minor Release Form and agrees to act as the child's primary caregiver.
Q:Where do I get weed? How much can I buy? What’s it cost?
A: Easy there big fellah!
The landscape is changing fast, but at this writing here’s the latest:
Where to Buy Legal Marijuana
• Marijuana shops in Nevada are called dispensaries.
• Medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are more or less the same product.
• Some dispensaries offer only recreational marijuana. Anyone who is 21 or older can buy recreational marijuana there.
• Other dispensaries sell only medical marijuana. To shop at a medical-only dispensary you need a valid medical marijuana card prescribed by a doctor. Out-of-state medical marijuana cards are honored in Nevada.
• Many dispensaries sell both recreational and medical marijuana, so anyone 21 or older can shop there.
• You can see a map of Las Vegas dispensaries here.
• Just like liquor stores back home, marijuana dispensaries vary from kinda cheesy to elegant full-service locations.
• Several businesses will legally deliver marijuana to your hotel room.
• Answer to the most commonly asked question: No; there is no dispensary inside the Las Vegas airport.
What's Available for Sale?
Marijuna in leaf form (often referred to as Flowers); edibles such as marijuana brownies, candy bars, or gummies; marijuana infused drinks, topical creams, pre-filled vape pens...
How Much Can I Buy?
• Recreational consumers are allowed to purchase up to one ounce of cannabis flower or up to 1/8 of an ounce of concentrate at a time.
• If you want to purchase edibles at the same time you buy cannabis flowers this IS legal, but the math on the maximum allowed purchase gets just a little tricky. Ask the folks at any dispensary for help.
• Small quantites can also be purchased -- you can usually buy one gram, singled-dose edibles, or individual pre-rolled joints.
How Much SHOULD I Buy?
Please be aware that today’s legal marijuana is much MUCH stronger than what you may have experienced back in your youth. I wouldn’t rush in and buy the maximum-allowed amount all at once until you’ve taken it for a test drive; you might wind up using only a small fraction of that purchase and then have to throw away the rest before you leave Las Vegas -- more info below.
Prices are always changing, and dispensaries often have sales and specials, like any other retailer.
At this writing we’re seeing prices for grams from $15 - $25.
Buying seven grams at once (1/4 ounce) can often save you 10 percent - 15 percent over the by-the-gram price. (But again, beware of buying too much at once and then having to throw it away before passing through airport security -- details below).
How Do I Buy Legal Marijuana?
To buy marijuana you will need a government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license or passport) that shows that you are at least 21 years old. You must show your photo I.D. every single time you shop, no matter how old you look. In fact, many dispensaries will require you to hand over your photo I.D. before you can even enter the sales area, and return it to you only when you leave.
At every store, purchases are CASH ONLY. You can not use a credit card, debit card, or write a check.
Because even though marijuana is legal in Nevada, it is illegal in most of the U.S., so the banks and credit card processors are afraid of running afoul of federal regulators.
Most shops have a menu posted in their store and on their web site showing the various marijuana strains (varieties) they have for sale. Menus can change daily, and items do sell out, so call ahead if there’s a particular strain you have your heart set on.
Information on different strains is available here.
Q: I’ve never used marijuana but I want to try some on this trip.
A: Suppose a friend said to you, “I’ve never had alcohol before, but I want to try some right now.”
What advice would you give them?
Probably something along the lines of, “Have fun, be careful, take it slow, and never drive (or pedal) while intoxicated.”
Q: Can I buy pot brownies?
A: There is a huge range of legal edibles for sale at the dispensaries that contain marijuana -- cookies, brownies, drinks, candies... Please read the dosage information CAREFULLY and ask the store’s staff for advice -- a normal-size candy bar containing marijuana might be enough for one person or 10 people.
Tricking an unsuspecting person into eating marijuana edibles is among the lowest forms of human behavior and will not be tolerated on this trip -- violators will be sent home immediately. NO REFUNDS.
Q: Where can I smoke?
A: Aye, there’s the rub!
Under Nevada law you can not smoke in public.
Throughout the U.S. many hotels now have only no-smoking guest rooms. If you smoke ANYTHING in a no-smoking room you may get hit with a serious fee on your bill. Similar penalties for smoking in a non-smoking rental car.
SO... where to smoke?
The advice I received from several dispensary managers is that the local police have taken a low-key approach to enforcement, provided you are discreet and don’t act like a jerk.
Remember that if you are smoking in public view you are, technically, breaking the law, just like drinking a beer in public. Fines can run $600, so no matter how wild you think Las Vegas is, let's be careful out there.
Of course there are always edibles...
Q: Can I pedal while I’m high? Can I smoke while I’m riding?
If we were cycling and stopped for lunch would it be OK if you had a bottle of beer or a glass of wine?
Would it be OK if you got stinking drunk?
And there we are.
Basically, if you are so high or drunk that you are a problem, we will not hesitate to grab you by the ear (or any other appendage we can reach...) and yank you off the road immediately. NO REFUNDS.
Q: Can I take some pot home with me as a souvenir? How about a marijuana cookie? Just a little?
As soon as you pass through the TSA inspection at the Las Vegas airport (or drive across state lines) you are under the same laws as back home -- marijuana is illegal and you can go to jail.
This means that the poor Las Vegas TSA agents have to deal with a lot of wacky people who decide to use up their leftover marijuana all at once before they head through the security checkpoint. (Or ask the young guys working in the Las Vegas airport rental car return how much leftover weed they get donated to them every day.)
You can not take marijuana into the airport, on the plane, put it in your checked luggage, or mail it home, even if the destination is another state where marijuana is legal.
If we are transporting your bike back home, we expect our truck to be thoroughly searched when we cross the state line. Trying to hide some marijuana in your bike frame would be a really REALLY bad idea... especially because an I.D. tag with your name on it is going to be attached to the bike!