Since 2017, Nevada marijuana laws have stated that marijuana is legal for recreational purposes by anyone over the age of 21. As long as you can provide a valid ID, you can purchase cannabis from the 65 dispensaries that are operating within the state, without the need for a medical card.
These dispensaries are made to follow strict guidelines to keep the consumers safe, and if you’re in charge of one of these stores, then you will know that it can be a lot to keep up with.
When it comes to keeping up with the marijuana packaging and labeling laws, it can be confusing, to say the least, especially when there are different laws for different states, as well as differences in the rules for manufacturers and dispensaries. But getting the packaging and labeling of the products right is imperative if you are to comply with the state guidelines and avoid getting into trouble.
So, to make it a little easier, we’ve done the research for you and created this helpful guide so you can find all the information you need about Nevada’s cannabis packaging regulations and labeling laws all in one place. Let’s get into it.
Nevada Marijuana Packaging Laws for Dispensaries
There is a lot of emphasis on the safety of minors in Nevada’s cannabis packing regulations, and rightly so. We wouldn’t want any little ones to be able to open the package and consume its contents if they accidentally get their hands on it. The packaging guidelines below are in place to help to keep the products safe from contamination and out of the wrong hands.
- It is important that all Marijuana products are sealed in packaging that is child-resistant, without easy-open tabs corners or dimples.
- Plastic packaging must be at least 4mm thick, made from non-toxic material, and must protect the contents from any contamination.
- Marijuana products that are in liquid form must be in a 4mm thick, food-grade bottle and can be sealed using a “metal crown cork-style bottle cap.”
- Edibles must be packaged in opaque, child-resistant packaging.
- When selling to consumers, marijuana products must be sealed in single packages which must not contain:
- More than 1 ounce of usable marijuana or one-eighth of an ounce of concentrated marijuana.
- For a marijuana product sold as a capsule, more than 100 milligrams of THC per capsule or more than 800 milligrams of THC per package.
- For a marijuana product sold as a tincture, more than 800 milligrams of THC.
- For a marijuana product sold as an edible marijuana product, more than 100 milligrams of THC.
- For a marijuana product sold as a topical product, a concentration of more than 6 percent THC or more than 800 milligrams of THC per package.
- For a marijuana product sold as a suppository or transdermal patch, more than 100 milligrams of THC per suppository or transdermal patch or more than 800 milligrams of THC per package.
- For any other marijuana product, more than 800 milligrams of THC.
Taken from Section 453D.800 – Requirements for single packages
Nevada Labeling Laws for Dispensaries
As the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes is relatively new, the marijuana laws in Nevada are constantly under review and are often being expanded upon to make sure that the cannabis is being supplied and consumed in a safe and controlled way. It is important that you follow the steps below to ensure you are meeting the marijuana labeling requirements.
- Labels on each individual packaging must be at least 2.75 inches high by four wide and be written in legible English with a 10 point font and no italics.
- All marijuana products, including edibles, must be “clearly and unambiguously packaged as marijuana” They must be labeled with the words “THIS IS A MARIJUANA PRODUCT” in a clear and bold type.
- Never label the cannabis packaging in a way that is in any way aimed at children, including using images of cartoon characters, mascots, action figures, balloons, or toys (unless this is part of the manufacturer’s logo).
- Never package or market edibles as candy.
- Edibles must indicate the number of servings of THC. Each serving should be a maximum of 10 milligrams of THC. The potency should be tested with an “allowable variance of plus or minus 15 percent”.
- No marijuana products should be labeled as organic unless they meet the national organic standard stated in the Organic Foods Production Act, 1990.
- Each single-serve edible and each individual serving of a multiple-serve edible must be stamped or molded by a symbol created by the department, which indicates that the product contains marijuana. Bulk products or those impractical to stamp or mold must be packaged in individual servings in a child-resistant container.
- Each product sold to a consumer requires a label with the following information:
- The name of the organization that cultivated the marijuana, and if operated by a dual license, it’s registration certificate.
- The batch number.
- The lot number.
- The date and quantity, including net weight in ounces and grams or by volume.
- The retail store’s name and address.
- The cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles and potency levels, determined by the medical testing facility.
- The dates of final testing, harvest, and when the product was packaged.
- The statement “This product may be unlawful outside of the State of Nevada”
- The expiration date if the product is perishable.
Medical Marijuana Warning Label
Since the 3rd of June, 2020, retail stores are required to attach a medical marijuana warning label to each of their products. Dispensaries
must now provide information about any pesticides that may have been applied to the cannabis plants and products as well as displaying the following warnings on the labels of each product:
- Marijuana and marijuana products must be kept out of the reach of children.
- Marijuana and marijuana products can cause severe illness in children.
- That allowing children to ingest marijuana or marijuana products or storing marijuana or marijuana products in a location which is accessible to children may result in an investigation by an agency which provides child welfare services or criminal prosecution for child abuse or neglect.
- “The intoxicating effects of marijuana may be delayed by 2 hours, or more and users of marijuana products should initially ingest a small amount of the product containing no more than 10 milligrams of THC, then wait at least 2 hours before ingesting any additional amount of the product.”
- “This product may have intoxicating effects and may be habit-forming. Smoking is hazardous to your health.”
- “Ingesting marijuana or marijuana products with alcohol or other drugs, including prescription medication, may result in unpredictable levels of impairment, and a person should consult with a physician before doing so.”
- “There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.”
- “Pregnant women should consult with a physician before ingesting marijuana or marijuana products.”
- “Marijuana or marijuana products can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of marijuana or marijuana products.”
- “Ingestion of any amount of marijuana or marijuana products before driving may result in a criminal prosecution for driving under the influence.”
Taken from Section 453D.832 – Retail marijuana store: Required disclosures and warnings
Nevada Cultivation Laws
If you are wondering whether you can grow your own marijuana in Nevada, well, that depends on whether or not you live 25 miles from the nearest licensed dispensary. Those who do live outside this zone, which isn’t many, are limited to 6 plants per person, with a maximum of 12 per household.
However, there are exceptions to this rule. Those who aren’t able to travel to the dispensary due to illness or lack of transport may be granted permission.
Although recreational marijuana is now legal, Nevada’s courts do take cultivation very seriously, so it’s worth making sure you have the correct consent and aren’t operating outside of the law.
Cannabis Purchasing and Consuming Laws
So we know that it is legal for anyone 21 years of age or older to consume marijuana in Nevada for recreational purposes. But what about those who are younger?
The Nevada marijuana laws state that it is also legal for anyone over the age of 18 with a valid medical marijuana card to purchase cannabis in Nevada. Cards from other states are also allowed to be used. Some minors have also been issued medical marijuana cards in cases where a caregiver signs the Minor Release Form to say that they will supervise.
If you are purchasing for recreational use, then you have to visit a dispensary that is dual-licensed. This means that it can dispense marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes.
For recreational use, people are allowed to purchase up to an ⅛ of an ounce of concentrate or one ounce of cannabis flower from the dispensaries. Purchases are tracked across the state to ensure that consumers don’t buy more than 2.5 ounces in every 14 day period.
Cannabis consumption is not allowed in public places, on federal land, or in a vehicle. It must be done privately on your own property, and any violations will result in a fine and possible jail time!
Hotels in Nevada do not currently permit the use of cannabis, and there is only one social lounge that offers people the chance to consume in a safe, social environment. Hopefully, there will be more safe spaces opening up in the near future. Until then, it is better to keep a low profile if choosing to consume marijuana in Nevada.
On a final note, please remember that it is illegal to drive under the influence, so don’t be tempted to jump in your car after consuming any cannabis. Don’t transport the marijuana in your car unless it is in a sealed container away from the driver and any underage passengers.
Lastly, remember not to take your marijuana across State lines. Although it may be legal in other States, the laws are different between them.