New Nevada Laws for 2024: Increased Marijuana Possession, Fines for Tobacco Sales, and Voting Access in Jail

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – As 2024 commences, Nevada welcomes a multitude of new laws that will impact its residents. These changes cover a diverse range of topics, from marijuana possession to voting access in jails.

Under the new legislation, individuals in Nevada can now legally possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana, a significant increase from the previous limit of one ounce. Additionally, the amount of concentrated cannabis allowed has been raised from an eighth of an ounce to a quarter ounce.

In an effort to curb underage tobacco use, fines for businesses caught selling or distributing tobacco products to those under 21 have been raised. Repeat offenders within a two-year period at the same location can face escalating penalties, with a maximum of $10,000 for a fourth violation and any subsequent violations.

Concerning criminal justice, a new law has been implemented to limit the use of solitary confinement by the Nevada Department of Corrections. Offenders can no longer be kept in isolating conditions for more than 15 consecutive days, and individuals with serious mental illnesses cannot be placed in solitary confinement unless ordered by a healthcare provider.

Efforts are also being made to improve the visitation rights of offenders. The Director of the Department of Corrections is now required to establish regulations and a program allowing offenders to have in-person visits, even if electronic means of visitation are available. The new regulations must also include a provision for visitors to appeal decisions made by wardens regarding the denial or suspension of visiting privileges.

Nevada is also expanding voting access for certain offenders in jail. Jails are now obligated to create policies that enable inmates to register and vote safely, ensuring the integrity of the process while protecting the safety of election board officers. The new regulations also include provisions for same-day voter registration and the secrecy of the ballot.

State employees in Nevada now have the entitlement of eight weeks of paid family leave within a 12-month period, thanks to a new law. This leave can be used for various purposes, including bonding with a newborn or adopted child, recovering from a serious illness, caring for a sick family member, or participating in an event related to military deployment. Eligibility requirements do apply.

Lastly, Nevada has authorized the use of natural organic reduction, commonly known as human composting, as an option for the disposal of human remains. This development offers an alternative and environmentally friendly approach to traditional burial practices.

In summary, Nevada’s new laws bring significant changes across a range of areas. From marijuana possession to criminal justice reforms and voting access, these measures aim to shape a more progressive and inclusive society in the Silver State.