On Monday, the governor signed Assembly Bill 341. The new law, which comes into force on October 1, 2021, provides for rules for setting up “cannabis-use lounges” on-site for people aged 21 and over. Regulators must also determine the specific types of cannabis products that are “fit for human consumption” in the facilities. Alaska and Colorado previously passed laws explicitly allowing social outlets for cannabis, and New York’s emerging adult use law also regulates on-site facilities. Similar legislation is currently pending in California.
Late last week, the governor signed the Assembly Bill 400 into effect. It changes the state’s road safety laws so that operating a motor vehicle with traces of THC or its metabolite is no longer against the law per se. The new law will come into force on October 1, 2021.
Under the state’s existing road safety laws, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle with low levels of THC or 11-hydroxy-THC metabolites in the blood or urine, even if there is no other evidence of psychomotor impairment. The revised measure removes the application of these limits in certain circumstances.
NORML has consistently spoken out against the imposition of THC limit values per se and believes that such threshold values are not evidence-based and can lead to criminal prosecution of people who have consumed cannabis several days before but are no longer under its influence.
Also on Friday, the governor signed Law 158 of the Assembly, which for the first time revised penalties for minors who possess small amounts of cannabis. It reduces existing sentences – which include up to six months in prison and a $ 1,000 fine – to community service. The measure also requires the courts to automatically seal records of these offenses when the perpetrator serves the sentence. The new law comes into force on July 1, 2021.
For more information, contact NORML State Policies Manager Carly Wolf or visit Nevada NORML.