Nevada Ups Marijuana Purchase Limits, Enacts Pro-Business Reforms

The bill now heads to the Gov. Joe Lombardo for his signature.

Nevada lawmakers this week gave final approval to a wide-ranging cannabis reform bill that pushed through several changes to how the state industry is allowed to operate.

Among other things, Forbes reported that Senate Bill 277:

  • Increases the daily purchase limit for recreational consumers from one ounce to 2.5 ounces of flower, and from 1/8 ounce to a 1/4 ounce of concentrates.
  • Allows adult-use shops to sell to registered medical cannabis patients.
  • Permits those with certain felony records to obtain marijuana business licenses and/or jobs.

The bill, which was passed by the legislature on June 5, now goes to Gov. Joe Lombardo for his signature.

“We’re trying to up the possession limit and allow folks to be able to engage in that kind of bulk buying if they’d like, whether it be for medical reasons or for none of our damn business,” said state Sen. Dallas Harris, the prime sponsor of the bill.

The move is the latest by Nevada policymakers that signals the state’s willingness to push business-friendly regulations for the cannabis industry, which is unsurprising given the state’s tourism-heavy economy.

Nevada is also leading the way in marijuana consumption lounges, by allowing cannabis lounge business models that are parallel to traditional bars, in which budtenders sell single-serve cannabis products to patrons, who are then allowed to consume on-site. That’s a stark contrast to most states, where lounges are required to have patrons bring their own cannabis with them.

John Schroyer

John Schroyer has been a reporter since 2006, initially with a focus on politics, and covered the 2012 Colorado campaign to legalize marijuana. He has written about the cannabis industry specifically since 2014, after being on hand for the first-ever legal cannabis sales on New Year’s Day that year in Denver. John has covered subsequent marijuana market launches in California and Illinois, has written about every aspect of the marijuana trade, and was part of the team that built the cannabis industry’s first-ever trade show, MJBizCon. He joined Green Market Report in 2022.

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