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Jenny Bloom

March 27, 2019

11/8 UPDATE: Congratulations Nevada! This is great news. You can now legally grow up to six marijuana plants at home. That includes all of the harvest from those plants.

Nevada just got a lot more exciting – you can now legally grow weed. Before you get started, however, you’ll need to know some rules.

This article will cover what’s required for legal marijuana growing in Nevada. But first, let’s begin with a summary of the points.

  • The minimum age is 21
  • Grow no more than 6 plants at a time
  • Only grow if you reside 25 miles away from a dispensary
  • Have no more than 12 plants in your possession
  • You can keep everything you grow
  • Grow in an enclosed area
  • Give away no more than one ounce
  • It is okay to grow for another person

If you want to start growing in Nevada, make sure to download my free marijuana grow bible.

Nevada Growing Laws Explained

The above were summaries; here is a more detailed explanation:

  • Growing marijuana is for adults 21 and older. Just like many of the fun things in life, you have to be 21. Sure, some people start growing marijuana in their teens, but if you want to be legal about it, wait until you are 21. If you cannot wait, have someone that is 21 grow it for you.
  • No more than 6 plants are allowed at a time. This part can be a bit confusing because the law does not explain what is meant by ‘growing’ plants. What must be remembered is that marijuana has a flowering stage and a nonflowering period. The flowering period is triggered by the light cycle. Flowering plants can be harvested for marijuana. These are the only plants that matter when it comes to enjoying your weed.
  • You are only allowed to grow if you reside 25 miles or more away from an operating marijuana retailer. This rule makes it a lot tougher to determine if you can grow your own. A lot of people were disappointed when they learned about this one. And with cause!
  • Possession is limited to 12 plants. So, what is the difference between 6 versus 12? If you have 12 plants, six of those plants should not be flowering. Having some plants that are flowering and some that are not, makes it easy to have marijuana every other month. By using lighting techniques to schedule the flowering of your plants, you can continuously grow the maximum amount of weed for your personal supply.
  • Possession is limited to the harvest of 6 plants. Your harvest is the amount of smokeable weed from your plant. Flowering plants can produce a few ounces of weed. The personal limit of purchased weed is one ounce.  You can also create edibles out of the non-smokeable parts. For the maximum yield from your plants, try some advanced growing techniques. You’ll have more weed than you can handle.
  • Grows must be in an enclosed area. Marijuana is a prized possession for many people. You need to grow it in an area with a door that locks. You also need to make sure only people you know can open that lock. Plus, those people must all be 21 years or older.If you grow indoors, this means you will need to use a grow box or closet with a lock. If your closet does not have a lock, replace the doorknob so that it does. For those that want to grow outdoors, use a greenhouse that has a locking door.
  • Extra weed may be donated. If you end up with more weed than you can stand, you can give away up to an ounce of it. Marijuana must be given and not sold.
  • Those 21 and older can grow for another person. Everyone isn’t gifted with a green thumb. Others may not have the space or the time. If you want to grow for another person, you can. Nevada has made growing marijuana fairly easy. So there is no reason why any adult couldn’t do it. Click here if you want to buy marijuana seeds in Nevada

Nevada Growing No-Nos

People have been writing in asking questions about some of the things they cannot do in Nevada. Well, first, remember, what grows in Nevada stays in Nevada.  It’s not a good idea to travel northeast, east or southeast with your stash.

Here are a few other things you should not do:

  • Grow more than 6 plants
  • Have more than 12 plants
  • Grow if you reside within 25 miles of a dispensary
  • Sell any of your weed
  • Plant openly in your backyard

Everything outside of these things is probably up to interpretation. It is Nevada, anyways.

If you come up with any Nevada growing questions, leave it below in the comment section. If it’s something I didn’t cover, we’ll do the research and see what we can find.

If you want to start growing in Maine, make sure to download my free marijuana grow bible

…end of update… Below is the original article with old laws.

Nevada is known for legalizing many things, such as prostitution and gambling, but unlike its neighbors, it is not known for legalizing marijuana. Even in Sin City, locating marijuana can be a challenge because of marijuana tax stamps, anti-growing laws, and misdemeanor possession charges. So how do you legally grow marijuana in Nevada? It only requires a doctor’s prescription.

Tip: make sure to download my free Grow Bible for more information

Medical marijuana

medical marijuana nevada

Nevada approves the use of medical marijuana for AIDS, cachexia, cancer, glaucoma, post traumatic stress disorder, muscle spasms, seizures, nausea, and pain.  Patients are allowed to have 2 ½ ounces and can grow up to twelve mature plants.

However, starting in 2016, Nevada will begin licensing dispensaries that will provide the plants used for medical patients. At that point, growing will be restricted to those living more than 25 miles from a dispensary.

Until that time, medical marijuana users and their caregivers can grow marijuana after completing an application with the Division of Public and Behavioral Health. The application should be requested in writing. Registration cost only $25.

  • Contact a doctor. A medical certification is required to become a medical marijuana patient. Search online for organizations such as Dr. Reefer that provide the recommendations you need.
  • Request and Complete and Application. Applications can be received by calling or writing The Division of Public and Behavioral Health
  • Download and read the Marijuana Grow Bible. The marijuana Grow Bible has all of the information you need to start growing marijuana.

Nevada laws

nevada marijuana laws

If you don’t have a medical card in Nevada, you run the risk of getting in trouble- especially if the cops think you are selling it.  Nevada has mandatory minimum jail time for selling and growing marijuana. So if you are able to be licensed as a patient or caregiver, it is definitely worth the effort.

Growing marijuana without a medical license in this state is risky but not impossible. Those that grow marijuana in Nevada could face a year in prison if they grow at least 100lb.

There aren’t any specific amounts for growing less than 100lb of marijuana, but based on the fact that anything over an ounce isn’t considered personal use, growing multiple plants may get you mistaken for a drug dealer.

Growers that aren’t able to be licensed should keep small and discrete grow operations. My Marijuana Grow Bible can help you plan the perfect small grow room that is hard to find.

One more thing…

Nevada is known for its wild nights and crazy parties, but use caution when smoking marijuana with friends.  If you grow marijuana in Nevada and happen to share your stash with some friends, be sure they don’t have a heart condition.

TIP: Looking to buy seeds? Visit the ILGM marijuana seed shop

Nevada considers it murder if someone dies while smoking marijuana. If you supplied the marijuana, you would become a murderer. As crazy as this law sounds, (not sure, who actually dies from smoking weed), it is a law in Nevada. It may be reason enough not to keep your stash to yourself.

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  1. By Richard

    ,11 Nov 2016
    Hi Richard here, am glad that I can now grow up to 6 plants legally on 1/1/17, & looking to buy some seeds any recom. am looking at the white widow, my grow tent and lights will be here in […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,14 Nov 2016
      Hey Richard, White Widow is always a good one! And Robert loves his Gold Leaf, you may want to look into those :D
  2. By Hippie

    ,12 Nov 2016
    It appears that you can not grow your own plants if there is a dispensary within 25 miles of your home. That sucks....
    1. By JLD

      ,29 Nov 2016
      I believe the 25 miles rule was the Old Law. Read from top of NV article, right before the paragraphs about the 25 miles, is say Old Laws. At least that is what I got from it. …end of update… […]Read More
    2. By Sunshine Angel

      ,28 Jan 2017
      yes the 25 miles law does STINK. But what about affordability? Dispensary weed is pricey. Growing on own would essentially be free (apart from power bill). Does anybody know if there are exceptions to the rule and if it will […]Read More
    3. By B

      ,16 Mar 2017
      From what i was told at the dispensary, you can grow if you live within 25 miles of a dispensary but only if they don't supply the strain that you need. For example the dispensary doesn't stock high CBD strains, […]Read More
    4. By robert C Dixon

      ,20 Mar 2018
      I recently heard that if the Strand you are growing is not available in your area you can grow it
  3. By Covfireman420

    ,13 Nov 2016
    Are there any RETAIL dispensaries in 25 miles of anyone in Nevada yet ? Except maybe Laughlin being so close to Needles?
    1. By Amber Rose

      ,27 Dec 2016
      There are quite a few. There are a few in Reno, there are a couple of dispensaries and grow warehouses in Carson City. There are some in Lake Tahoe and I am pretty certain Vegas has a handful as well.
      1. By blue

        ,04 Aug 2018
        Please completely date your posts. Nothing like reading an article and finding it's 3 years old.
    2. By Amber Rose

      ,27 Dec 2016
      Never mind my answer. I see that you asked for Retail....there are numerous medical that will distribute recreationally however they are not expected to have the regulations for doing so set up until this summer, they have a deadline to […]Read More
  4. By Blondebear

    ,14 Nov 2016
    Not yet. The recreational law doesn't go into effect until 1-1-17. Then stores won't be able to open until possibly sometime in 2018. Our state government needs that time to fulfill the requirements of the law. Hire staff to collect […]Read More
  5. By curt

    ,17 Nov 2016
    We do have dispensaries in Nevada. Even Vegas has the now. In Pahrump Nevada. It is in the center of town. No one is 25 miles from it. The hole town isn't 25 miles long. So is this 25 mile […]Read More
    1. By Amber Rose

      ,27 Dec 2016
      I heard from a State Worker in the Medical Marijuana Office that medical card holders will get a discount on recreational prices. I am trying to find out about the 20 mile radius as well. I know that was the […]Read More
  6. By John Decon

    ,23 Nov 2016
    The sample ballot mailed to home and question #2 at the voting box didn't mention a word about the 25 mile rule. This was the old bate and switch in favor of the stores that will sell it. Basically the […]Read More
    1. By G.B.

      ,01 Jan 2017
      Medical marijuana users should be able to grow plants anywhere in Nevada. The 25 mile rule is unbelievably wrong
  7. By M Zorger

    ,28 Dec 2016
    Is there a pot virus available?
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,28 Dec 2016
      Hiya, I'm not sure I understand what you mean :)
    2. By Susan Peterson

      ,17 Mar 2017
      Is there a place marijuana can be bought in winnemucca. Nv.sussn
  8. By Fer

    ,03 Jan 2017
    If I have a child in the house can I grow a plant inside my house?
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,03 Jan 2017
      Hi Fer, I could not find a conclusive answer to your question. In a lot of states it's okay as long as the child cannot access the secure growing room. NORML has a lot of information on this, maybe you […]Read More
  9. By Segerblom Sucks

    ,04 Jan 2017
    Read in the las Vegas local paper (RJ), that the paper confirmed if you are within 25mile radius you can't grow your own. Sample ballot did not state that 25 mile rule, a lot of voters got duped into voting […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,04 Jan 2017
      Thanks Segerblom Sucks! I thought it was already in there.. now it is :)
  10. By ChuckP

    ,20 Jan 2017
    The 25 mile law. It seems every state that has legalized marijuana has the 25 mile law. They are allowed to open so many dispensaries that no one is going to live outside the 25 mile radius. It is obviously […]Read More
  11. By kevin

    ,01 Feb 2017
    I wonder now that weed has been de-criminalized, what about drug testing by an employer and testing positive for marijuana. What are the laws that cover that? Is it contingent upon company policy that testing positive can result in termination. […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,02 Feb 2017
      Hey Kevin, employers are still free to test for drugs and decide upon the outcome. For some jobs which require a lot of safety this may be a sounds thing. For other jobs not so much. As fas as we've […]Read More
  12. By Jared

    ,07 Feb 2017
    Hello all, Just FYI there is a legal workaround for the 25 mile radius law. If dispensaries are unable to provide the specific strain you need, then you are allowed to produce it yourself. Noting that there are so many […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,13 Feb 2017
      Awesome tip Jared! I'll have it added to the article.
  13. By zippae

    ,19 Feb 2017
    what about tax stamps? it's not collected from what I understand in retail purchases. and what about growing at home and tax stamps?
  14. By maurice mckinley

    ,04 Mar 2017
    as a MMJ patient in nevada I can grow up to 12 plants because no dispensary within 25 miles of where I live carries the strain I use. the D.A told me that under this new law anyone can grow […]Read More
  15. By carla

    ,04 Mar 2017
    Even that it is legal to grow in your home ,is it ok to grow in your home if your on section8 or any other RHA home.
  16. By Shauna Wells

    ,13 Mar 2017
    2 QUESTIONS- I am hoping you might have answers to, if you live within 25 miles of a medical Marijuana dispenser (no personal use sales) does that law still apply for nevada... also I was told that some counties it […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,14 Mar 2017
      Hi Shauna, as far as I know if you live within 25 miles of a medical Marijuana dispensery you can not grow at home. I'm not sure about the county specific laws though, you'd have to check locally
  17. By george garrison

    ,13 Mar 2017
    i saw 2 posts that said "until a dispenser can sell marijuana , it is legal to grow 6 plants within the 25 mile limit " true or false ?
  18. By Pot

    ,23 Mar 2017
    Boycotting Nevada dispensaries due to the 25 mile rule which is obviously so a few can get rich while the rest of us get screwed. No way I am supporting anyone who did that.
  19. By Bobby

    ,08 Apr 2017
    Are commercial grows allowed in Nevada. If so how do I find full info on this subject?
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,10 Apr 2017
      Hey Bobby, I think they are but it's hard to find informtaion on the subject. Best I found was this article. Perhaps it's best to contact those attorneys for more information.
  20. By Henry

    ,09 Apr 2017
    Assuming that more than one family lives on a plot of land, does the 6/12 law change that based on number of adults? I guess is this rule applied per adult, per home, or per plot of land?
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,10 Apr 2017
      Hi Henry, my guess is per home. It's not per adult. I don't know what the plot of land construction is where you're at. It's probably best to check with a local attorney if you want to make sure.
  21. By Jose leiva

    ,10 Apr 2017
    I live In a small town an hour away from Vegas and I own 2.5 acres of land so do I still have to greenhouse my plants? Or can I fence off a good part and grow in there but […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,10 Apr 2017
      Hmmm, I'm not sure if a fence will cut it. It may depend on how easy people could get to the plants. Best check locally what the rules are for this.
  22. By Victor Jimenez

    ,11 Apr 2017
    I will like to grow some plants at home but not for recreational use, not for sale, its to prepare the oil, and eat the fresh leads and flowers, and dispensaries does not sale you fresh plants and fresh flowers, […]Read More
  23. By Pina

    ,15 Jun 2017
    Do I need a medical card as a caregiver to grow plants in my house for a family member
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,30 Oct 2017
      Pina, IN general, most states require you to hold your friend's/family member's card. It is always best to check your local states as they change after each election. You also have to deal with local ordinances. Happy growing :)
  24. By Byron

    ,22 Sep 2017
    after reading your article I looked at a map of dispensaries in the Las Vegas valley and I'd turns out that there is not a single home or building in the entire valley that is more than 25 miles from […]Read More
  25. By David

    ,22 Oct 2017
    Hi, I’m trying to find out if it’s safe to grow outside the 25 miles radius for patients of severe illnesses and diseases. Any help is appreciated
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,30 Oct 2017
      David, If you question the guidelines in relation as to whether you can grow or not; It is best to check the local statutes. I am assuming you have a medical card. If so, it appears that you can grow […]Read More
  26. By Rick Nelson

    ,22 Oct 2017
    What I would like to know is I have been in my house for several years and I am within the 25 miles of a newly-opened dispensary I was here before them does not make me grandfathered in. And if […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,30 Oct 2017
      Rick Nellson, This is an issue we cannot address. You will have to deal with your local government. Sorry to hear you got caught up in a rediculous situation. :)
  27. By a.s.

    ,25 Oct 2017
    Question: regarding cultivation at home, in Nevada, non medical. If someone grows 6 or less plants at home, of a strain NOT available at dispensaries within 25 miles,...is it illegal?
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,30 Oct 2017
      a.s. Good question. I am sorry but, we cannot evaluate your local ordinances. You need to check with your local agriculture agent or town hall, or call the State itself.
    2. By Julie S

      ,12 Dec 2017
      Yes, it would be illegal, because as a recreational user you would not have a reason to be restricted to using a specific strain. Sorry. I really hope they reconsider that law for medical users, because the cost at dispensaries […]Read More
  28. By V & B in somewhere in Holland

    ,16 Dec 2017
    Is that 6 plants per person, or 6 plants per family? It's just me and my wife, way out in the boonies.
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,18 Dec 2017
      A permit or license is given to an individual. Each individual that qualifies can grow 6 unless there is a statute limiting grows to 6 per household. Once again; The best way to learn your laws is to ask the […]Read More
  29. By Cynthia Arreaga

    ,08 Jan 2018
    I have a question which has not been asked, if I grow after properly getting licensed and approved how can I sell to the dispensaries so this way they have what is needed, because not everyone knows how to grow […]Read More
  30. By aj

    ,26 Jan 2018
    I have a question..how much weed am i allowed to have in my house hold? besides my shed grow room....how much of my own weed can i keep in my household.....i grow more than i smoke so i save it...i […]Read More
  31. By Jey

    ,30 Jan 2018
    so basically where do you recommend I move to where i can grow weed for business and such. also for personal use. but I would like to grow so I can sell to dispensaries and also to help my sister […]Read More
  32. By learning

    ,26 Jul 2018
    I have been following Dr. William Courtney who was featured on The Sacred Plant Series. Due to accident I need to find green, fresh leaves to use in smoothie.
  33. By learning

    ,26 Jul 2018
    Are you able to direct me for fresh leaves as I requested in previous request? I really need this help. Thank you
  34. By Faye

    ,14 Mar 2019
    If there are 2 liscenses can you grow 12 plants for each liscense?
  35. By Anne

    ,20 Mar 2019
    What is the law regarding reciprocity between cA and NV? If I have a medical card in CA can I grow in my NV home? Or do I need a separate medical card for NV? What is I have a […]Read More
  36. By Steve

    ,21 Mar 2019
    in which nevada counties you can grow in greenhouses..........nobody knows the answer.
  37. By Mount

    ,22 Apr 2019
    What if some one you grow for lives 25 miles out but you live within the radius is that legal
  38. By Lawrence Weir

    ,23 Apr 2019
    Hello I'm a 27 year old medical patient and I also have a caregiver. I use the shops but notice the strains that work best for my scoliosis and fractures in spine due to what they say may be osteoporosis […]Read More
  39. By Mark Soller

    ,29 Apr 2019
    Thank you for the information. My question is concerning Hemp for CBD. Is it legal to grow Industrial hemp on my property in nevada. and the same question for with in Las Vegas city limits. I live on the outskirts […]Read More
  40. By John

    ,08 May 2019
    Where is a good place to purchase quality Seeds

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