Recreational marijuana, or recreational cannabis, is a term that refers to marijuana use for recreational purposes. In contrast to medical marijuana, recreational marijuana can be sold to people who are not medical marijuana patients and who are using the substance for recreational purposes. With recreational marijuana bills passed in eight states in the United States of America, people can now legally purchase, possess, and consume marijuana without a medical marijuana card in certain parts of the country. Nevada is one of four states to legalize recreational marijuana bills in 2016. Similar to the purchase of alcohol, only licensed marijuana shops will be able to sell recreational marijuana legally to people who are 21 years of age and older in Nevada.
The thought behind the term “recreational marijuana” is that as prohibition continues to end across the country, the word “recreational” will be dropped and people will refer to use as simply “cannabis” (it’s scientific name). Why? We don’t call going out for drinks “recreational alcohol” use.