Because recreational marijuana has the possibility of popping up soon, the Reno Police Dept. is reminding possible consumers and current residents of the rules when sales begin.
Marijuana, much like alcohol cannot be smoked in any public place including but not limited to; parks, sporting events, casinos, hotels, concerts, festivals and special events. If one chooses to do so anyway, they will be fined $600 for their first offense.
The only place where it is legal to consume marijuana is at a private residence or in the comfort of your own home.
The only people eligible to purchase recreational marijuana are those who are over twenty-one years of age. If a person is eligible, they are only allowed to possess one ounce of marijuana or one-eighth of an ounce of concentrated cannabis.
It is technically legal for homeowners to grow up to six plants per person however the law stipulates that you cannot grow marijuana if you live within twenty-give miles of a dispensary. This makes growing in Reno or Sparks essentially off-limits.
You can legally keep cannabis within your vehicle, but the laws of driving-under-the-influence (DUI) still apply. Law enforcement can pull you over and administer classic field sobriety tests and ask if the suspected DUI-er consents to a blood test.
The Reno Police Department is still working out all of the details with legalizing the plant including the laws of being under the influence in public and more. Deputy Chief Tom Robinson said “That’s a tricky question. I don’t see the Reno Police Department aggressively enforcing people being under the influence. I do see it being reserved for those extreme cases where someone is aggressive o extremely uncooperative.”
Another gray area is if a person carrying a legal amount of marijuana is arrested for an unrelated crime, can the officers take the legal marijuana into their possession?
“Because it’s federally illegal, we’re concerned that we’re violating federal law if we give the individual back their marijuana, so those are issues that are still hanging in the balance.” Robinson stated.
From now on we will see the path that recreational legalization takes on Reno. It is a complicated area of legislation but the police and lawmakers of Reno are working hard to figure out the details.