Your Visitor’s Guide to Recreational Cannabis on the Las Vegas Strip

When was marijuana legalized in Nevada?

Districts that voted in favor of the Question 2 ballot initiative in 2016.


Las Vegas is renowned for its open policies on a wide range of issues. That’s because Vegas saw its initial growth in the 1930’s, when the Hoover Dam was being constructed. Gambling was legalized in 1931 and Las Vegas has grown into a mecca for gaming and entertainment in the years since.

Nevada legalized medicinal cannabis on November 7th, 2000. It would take another 15 years until the very first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors, though. Full legalization of cannabis for ages 21 and up was passed on November 8th, 2016 thanks to the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or Question 2.

Is it legal to possess marijuana in Vegas?

If you are 21 years of age or older, it is completely legal to possess up to an Ounce of marijuana for personal use in Las Vegas.

Up to 3.5 grams of cannabis concentrates or hash on a single person also is penalty free.

There are no penalties for possession of paraphernalia by people 21 years of age or older.

Anyone with a valid medical marijuana card who is at least 18 years of age can also legally purchase marijuana in Nevada.

Where can you smoke marijuana in Las Vegas?

You can only legally consume cannabis on private property.

What does that mean for you?

At the federal level, cannabis is still classified as an illegal, schedule 1 substance.

In Las Vegas it is illegal to smoke or consume marijuana in public, in a vehicle, or on any federal land. You may be at risk of a fine or potential jail-time if you are stopped by a federal officer of any capacity including federal park rangers.

Can I smoke marijuana in my hotel room?

Unfortunately, a hotel room on the Vegas Strip does not count as a private residence. Local marijuana tourism sites have compiled lists of cannabis friendly lodging in Las Vegas, but you may wish to verify this with hotel staff prior to booking.

Can I consume cannabis in a casino?

Because cannabis consumption still isn’t completely legal at the state or federal level, casinos risk losing their gambling license if they were to openly allow patrons to consume marijuana on their premises. Gambling is regulated at the state level, so this hardline stance may soften significantly if cannabis is also made legal without consumption stipulations by Nevada State legislation.

What are the state penalties if you are stopped by law enforcement?

While violating Nevada State marijuana consumption laws is categorized as a misdemeanor, it still can result in up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, and/or community service.

Is it legal to drive while under the influence of cannabis?

No. You may face fines, jail time, or community service. Cannabis may be transported in a vehicle within the state of Nevada as long as it is in an air-tight container than is not within reach or accessible by anyone in the vehicle. It is advisable to transport any cannabis products in the trunk of your vehicle.

Taking cannabis products across state lines remains illegal, and would result in a felony conviction if you were arrested for it. We do not advise transportation of any cannabis products across state lines for any reason.

How can I apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Vegas?

  1. Fill out your registry request and mail it to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health along with a $25 money order or check made payable to the same.
  2. You’ll need approval from a Physician that is licensed in Nevada. You can find local physicians in your area by visiting the Nevada Department of Health site.

Can I apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Las Vegas if I am not from Nevada?


You can! There are some strict qualifications, though, and you must meet all of them. In order to receive a medical marijuana card in Nevada if you are an out of state resident, you must:

  • Possess a current, valid MM card from your home state.
  • Your home state must exempt cardholders from medical marijuana use-related prosecution: for example, a Washington State card holder.
  • Your home state must require approval from a physician before a MM card may be issued.
  • Your home state must maintain an up-to-date MM card database that Nevada state authorities can access in order to verify your home state’s medical marijuana card validity.