The initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Nevada will appear on the November 2016 ballot. Click here to read the full text of the initiative.
What the Initiative Does
Ends marijuana prohibition — The initiative removes all legal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older. Adults will be able to purchase marijuana from licensed retail marijuana stores, and those who do not live within 25 miles of a retail marijuana store will be allowed grow up to six marijuana plants in an enclosed locked area.
Regulates marijuana production and sales — Creates a system of licensed marijuana retail stores, distributors, cultivation facilities, product manufacturers, and testing facilities, which will be overseen by the Nevada Department of Taxation. The Department will adopt and enforce rules regarding testing, packaging, labeling, and tracking marijuana products. It will also establish business licensing procedures, security requirements, and restrictions on signage and advertising. Local governments will have the ability to adopt and enforce local marijuana control measures pertaining to zoning and land use for marijuana establishments.
Taxes marijuana — Establishes a 15% excise tax on wholesale marijuana sales, and the revenue will be used to fund the Department of Tax’s implementation and enforcement of regulations. Any additional revenue will be used to benefit public education via the State Distributive School Account in the State General Fund. Retail marijuana sales will be subject to standard state and local sales taxes.
What the Initiative Does NOT Do
Public use — The initiative does NOT allow marijuana to be used in public. Consuming marijuana on the street, in parks, or any other public place will remain illegal.
Driving under the influence — The initiative does NOT change existing laws regarding driving under the influence of marijuana. Driving while impaired by marijuana will remain entirely illegal.
Unlicensed activities — It does NOT allow unlicensed individuals to sell any amount of marijuana or produce marijuana extracts using butane or other potentially hazardous products.
Employment policies — The initiative will NOT affect employers’ current marijuana policies or their ability to establish workplace restrictions on marijuana consumption by employees.
Medical marijuana rights — The initiative does NOT change existing medical marijuana laws or affect patients’ rights.