Growing Marijuana In Nevada

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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. Life just got a lot more exciting – you can now legally grow marijuana in Nevada. 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.

Have no more than 12 plants in your possession
Grow no more than 6 plants at a time
Only grow if you reside 25 miles away from a dispensary
The minimum age is 21
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

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    Nevada Marijuana 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

    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.

    …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.


    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
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    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.

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      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.

      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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      FAQs About Growing Marijuana in Nevada

      Is it legal to grow marijuana in Nevada?

      Yes, but here is a catch, You can only grow up to six marijuana plants at home and You are only allowed to grow if you reside 25 miles or more away from an operating marijuana retailer.

      What’s the legal age of growing marijuana in Nevada?

      Adults 21 years and older can legally grow cannabis plants at home for their personal consumption.

      Can I sell marijuana in Nevada?

      Absolutely not, but 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.

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        91 comments on “Growing Marijuana In Nevada”

        1. I have been working on a strain for over 7 years when the laws started changing I requested a licence to grow ie prior to the 25 mile thing so each time I renew it is grandfathered in. It was granted for 2 years in 2019 and again in 2021 for 2 more years my concern is over the number of plants I can have in flower it was 12 and my grow is grandfathered so is it 6 or 12 ? Any comments are needed and appreceated thanks

        2. What if there is a medical dispensary near me but not a recreational dispensary can I still grow

        3. […] Nevada, adults 21 and over can give away no more than one ounce, and it’ll be legal for adults to possess 1 ounce of cannabis, or one-eighth of an ounce of […]

        4. I live in Las Vegas, NV and have refractory epilepsy, meaning my seizures are not fully controlled by meds. I also have extreme OCD and my psychiatrist told me to start using marijuana. The strains are always changing and no dispensary within 25 miles can guarantee that I receive the same product each time even if the name of the strain never changes. Growers use chemicals that can effect my medication and adversely effect my seizures. I have seeds and a medical license, my OCD keeps me from leaving the house and I cannot purchase the exact same THC each time from any dispensary within 25 miles. Can I file for an exemption to grow?

        5. What if i want to grow a plant at my house. And the dispensary is within 25 miles. But they dont have the strain i need for what i use Marijuana for so is it okay that i grow the strain they dont nornally carry?

        6. I would like to know what the find is for growing one plant within 25 miles of a pot dispensary in the state of Nevada for personal use

        7. Can I grow Marijuana for seeds? Legally? I’m in Nevada and I just want to make seeds for my birds

        8. Is growing in a greenhouse considered a locked facility? Mine has a locking door, but with 6millimeter clear plastic sides. What area of Nevada has the best greenhouse growing environment?

        9. Can A medical user grow a specific strain the dispensaries in my area do not carry? That would constitute not being able to supply for my needs

        10. I have a question about the marijuana law in Nevada. I read part of it where it said there are exemptions for growing inside the 25 mile rule. I am just wondering if I’m reading this right? And if there are actually exemptions for growing. Inside the 25 miles of a dispensary

        11. It’s amaz to me how these ig dems that run nevada think for a sec that they have a legal right to sell licenses to companies to grow as much weed as they want while making a profit off of It so being the head dealer but then think that I should be told what o can and cant do in my own home Weed is federally illegal the state of nevada is breaking federal law which the law they are suppos to follow! then has the balls to threaten is as citizens im so sick of these one sided laws the people of nevada voted to
          Decriminalize it not make it legal so these crooked dems can profit off us

        12. What if you live in a school zone and the backyard has high fences and a green house with a fence around the green house and the green house has a big lock on the door what are the laws about growing in a school zone

        13. Hello friends, I am a retired Nurse, and hold an active Medical Marijuana Card. I was recently notified that I cannot grow marijuana in my house because I live 25 miles too close to about 18 dispensaries. Does anyone know why a dispensary can grow within 25 miles of another dispensary’s cultivating warehouse, but as a tax paying citizen I cannot? is all about the money? I guess i can continue to take Opiates for pain control…LOL

        14. I have two parcels that connect, they are located about an hour north.of vegas. Both of us have medical cards, so can we grow 12 plants on each parcel of land? thanks

        15. Can you still grow your own plants if the retail marijuana store is on a indian colony and you live off the colony?

        16. 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 of town and my Property is walled.

        17. 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 but a male cannot be diagnosed with osteoporosis until the age of 40 is ehat doctors have always told me…anyway… These shops don’t carry many of the strains that help best for my physical pain and sometimes don’t even Help with my manic psychosis unless eaten And it’s very pricey to smoke Concentrates and buy edibles all the time since the prices aren’t to established for someone with my conditions who constantly need the daily relief. If I do Find them to carry a strain similar with effects reducing pain and All other issues from my Problems from.the harsh lifestyle i once lived until I finally decided.enough was enough and finally got sick of being sick.
          I started using medical marijuana.
          I guess my question is can me and my caregiver legally grow if the strain I need is not sold at shops within 25 miles of me.
          I don’t want to end up.back opiates and antipsychotics crappy mix and it seems without marijuana that is what my life consists of to be normal and out of pain inthe eyes of doctors around town. It would. be so helpful to know the answers and if I could start growing I would be able to medicate happily and never worry about my physical pain and be able to treat my psychosis/paranoia and clinical social Disorders.
          Please please please help

        18. What if some one you grow for lives 25 miles out but you live within the radius is that legal

        19. 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 license to grow in CA? Does that give me reciprocity to grow in NV?

        20. Please completely date your posts. Nothing like reading an article and finding it’s 3 years old.

        21. Are you able to direct me for fresh leaves as I requested in previous request?
          I really need this help. Thank you

        22. 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.

        23. I recently heard that if the Strand you are growing is not available in your area you can grow it

        24. 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 start her edibles business. your knowledge would be grateful right blessed and stay high!

        25. I have a 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 have my med card………….my main question is am i aloud to stop my house up with my own weed i grew?????like say ive saved up 5 lbs….and jarred it in my that legal?

        26. 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 correctly or grow the proper kind since there is different kinds or is that not allowed?

        27. 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 agencies in your state, county, city, or township.

        28. Is that 6 plants per person, or 6 plants per family? It’s just me and my wife, way out in the boonies.

        29. 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 puts their medication out of the financial reach of most med users.

        30. 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.

        31. 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. 🙂

        32. 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 outside of a 25 mile radius from a dispensary, and no less than 1000 feet from a school.. Disclaimer: I cannot validate your local ordinances. Make sure you check before building and growing.

        33. 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 🙂

        34. 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?

        35. 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 not I will fight them because I was here before them they should have moved away from me that’s the way I see it.

        36. 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

        37. 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 a dispensary and only a few industrial areas that are a thousand feet from a school in other to legally grow in Las Vegas is not actually a possibility the law makers had to know this when they made this law

        38. Do I need a medical card as a caregiver to grow plants in my house for a family member

        39. 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, any feedback??

        40. 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.

        41. 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.

        42. 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.

        43. 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 in the open

        44. 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?

        45. Are commercial grows allowed in Nevada. If so how do I find full info on this subject?

        46. 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.

        47. 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, you can grow your own.

        48. 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

        49. 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 ?

        50. 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 is still illegal in nevada…do you know anything about either one of these?

        51. 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.

        52. 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 6 plants for their own use but they can also grow 6 plants for another person so if growing for yourself and someone else you can have a total of 12 plants in your house.the penalty for growing within 25 miles of a recreational dispensary is $600 (page 12 and 13.) hope this was helpful

        53. what about tax stamps? it’s not collected from what I understand in retail purchases. and what about growing at home and tax stamps?

        54. 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 different strains, Im going to grow whatever I like and tag the plant with the name of a strain that no one in Nevada will be able to get. Hence making it completely legal. More info at

        55. 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 found there is no change of law concerning drugtesting by employers.

        56. 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. Sure would like to know the answer to that question. Where can I find the answer to that!

        57. 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 be changing anytime soon?

        58. 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 their way of making us pay the ridiculous price of $400 an ounce, when you can grow it practically for free. Does anyone know the punishment of growing indoors if you live within the 25 miles?

        59. 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 yes.

        60. 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 can find more info here.

        61. Medical marijuana users should be able to grow plants anywhere in Nevada. The 25 mile rule is unbelievably wrong

        62. 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 case for medical growing however I do not see that law carried over into the new bill however I have heard that it does.

        63. 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 do in Jan 1 2018.

        64. 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.

        65. 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… Below is the original article with old laws .
          Then it starts on the Old.

        66. 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 stores selling the pot have made it illegal for home owners to grow within 25 miles to there place of business. Absolute defined fascism.

        67. 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 law true. and What about us Medical patient. Need to know

        68. Hey Richard, White Widow is always a good one! And Robert loves his Gold Leaf, you may want to look into those 😀

        69. 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 licences, taxes, nessesary documents etc.

        70. Are there any RETAIL dispensaries in 25 miles of anyone in Nevada yet ? Except maybe Laughlin being so close to Needles?

        71. It appears that you can not grow your own plants if there is a dispensary within 25 miles of your home.
          That sucks….

        72. 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 a few days. thanks Rich