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To purchase medicinal cannabis in the state of Nevada you must have a valid medical marijuana card. Here are the basic steps for Nevada residents to receive a medical marijuana card.

Request
Application

Request an application for the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program (NMMP).

visit
a doctor

Visit a Nevada licensed Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO).

submit
Application

Submit your completed application to the NMMP for approval.

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qualifying
conditions

In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card, you must suffer from one of the conditions listed below and have a doctor’s recommendation that marijuana will help relieve that condition. The complete list of qualifying conditions can be found in the Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 453A, Section 050.

What conditions qualify for a medical marijuana card?
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)

  • Cancer

  • Glaucoma

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Cachexia

  • Persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis)

  • Seizures (including epilepsy)

  • Severe nausea

  • Severe pain

Are there any special cases where other conditions will qualify for a card?

Additional conditions can be approved by submitting a petition to the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (NDPBH).

NMMP

The Nevada Medical Marijuana Cardholders/Caregivers Program is a state registry program within the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (NDPBH).

What is the Nevada Medical Marijuana Cardholders/Caregivers Program?

The Nevada Medical Marijuana Cardholders/Caregivers Program is a state registry program within the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Who can purchase medical marijuana?

In order to purchase medical marijuana you must be a current cardholder or a caregiver.

How much marijuana can each patient buy?

Patients can buy up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks.

Can people use medical marijuana cards from other states in Nevada?

Yes. Nevada is the only state in the country that will recognize medical marijuana cards from other states. Patients from California, Arizona and anywhere else medical marijuana is legal will be able to shop at Nevada dispensaries while visiting.

Can people use Nevada medical marijuana cards in other states?

It depends on the state, and the regulations. Currently, Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire and Rhode Island allow patients from other states to use marijuana, but generally not buy it.

When was Medical Marijuana approved in Nevada?

The Medical Use of Marijuana law was approved by the Nevada Legislature and adopted in 2001.

Can patients still grow their own marijuana?

Yes, patients can grow up to 12 plants if they register the address of where they’re growing and list all the occupants with the state. Patients who live within 25 miles of a medical marijuana dispensary will not be allowed to grow their own marijuana without a special exemption from the state. Patients who are cultivating specific strains of cannabis not provided by a local dispensary may continue to engage in the home cultivation of such strains.

What do the medical marijuana cards look like?

The cards look very similar to our Nevada state driver’s licenses, including a photograph and hologram. Attempting to create a fake card is a felony.

What is a caregiver?

A designated primary caregiver is a person who has significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a person diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating medical condition. A Caregiver does not include the attending physician. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older. Patients may only have one designated primary caregiver.

patient
information

Details about who is a patient, the doctors who can help patients with medical marijuana, and the legal rights and responsibilities of  patients who use medical marijuana.

What type of doctor can recommend Medical Marijuana?

Any doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy licensed by the state is eligible to recommend patients for medical marijuana cards. Some doctors may choose to specialize in treatment with medical Cannabis (see our referral page). But because medical marijuana remains illegal on the federal level, doctors can’t prescribe it.

Why do Doctor’s give recommendations instead of a prescriptions for Medical Cannabis?

Because the federal government currently classifies herbal marijuana as a Schedule I drug, it is not available as a prescription medication, or available in pharmacies.

Can I get fired from my job if I am a cardholder and I test positive for THC?

The Nevada Medical Marijuana Act states that employers are not required to accommodate employees who use medical marijuana. You may wish to consult an attorney about whether or not to tell your employer that you are a patient in the NMMP. A patient may contact the NMMP in writing to ask the Program to release information about the patient’s registration to an employer.

Can patients use medical marijuana anywhere?

No. Medical marijuana can’t be used in public places.

Is it legal to drive while using medical marijuana?

Driving impaired, no matter the substance, is illegal. The same laws that apply to driving under the influence of alcohol, also apply to driving under the influence of marijuana. With some medications, it is difficult to determine if someone is under the influence at the time of a urine or blood test, because the substance can be detected long after the effects have worn off. This is the case with marijuana, because its metabolites linger in the body for an extended period of time. Because of this, someone could fail a blood or urine test, even though they are not under the influence at the time. State Sen. Tick Segerblom, Nevada’s leading medical marijuana advocate who sponsored the 2013 legislation that established the dispensary system, proposes a better alternative would be to issue DUIs based on a subjective test using an officer’s observations instead of blood and urine tests.

Can patients still grow their own marijuana?

Yes, patients can grow up to 12 plants if they register the address of where they’re growing and list all the occupants with the state. When dispensaries open, patients who live within 25 miles of one won’t be allowed to grow their own marijuana without a special exemption from the state. Patients who are cultivating specific strains of cannabis not provided by a local dispensary may continue to engage in the home cultivation of such strains. Patients who have an established history of cultivating medical cannabis prior to July 1, 2013, also may continue to do so until March 31, 2016.

Will my employers, insurance companies, or other people be able to find out I have a medical marijuana card?

No, not unless you tell them. Medical marijuana card registrations will be stored in a database that only Medical Marijuana Agents (dispensary staff) and law enforcement can access to verify whether someone is licensed. The patient database is kept strictly confidential and is not viewable by the public, meaning employers, neighbors, family, and even insurance companies won’t know you have a medical marijuana card unless you tell or show them.

Can workers use medical marijuana on the job? Do employers need to make special accommodations for people with medical marijuana cards?

Nevada’s medical marijuana law does not currently provide workplace protections for patients. If company policy prohibits it, employees can be reprimanded or fired for testing positive. State legislators have discussed possible changes, such as rules that would prevent medical marijuana users from being reprimanded if the drug shows up in their system as long as they don’t show up to work impaired. Also being considered, is the question of whether the Americans with Disabilities Act provides workplace protections for medical marijuana users with a qualifying disease or illness.

Will medical marijuana be covered by insurance?

The Federal Drug Administration has to approve a drug for use before insurance companies can cover it, and that hasn’t happened with medical marijuana yet.

Can patients travel with medical marijuana?

You cannot travel with marijuana, even if you bought it legally. Even if that state you are travelling to has its own medical marijuana program, it doesn’t mean it protects cardholders from out of state. Because it is a federal facility, and marijuana still is considered a banned substance under federal law, it’s not allowed at the Reno-Taho International Airport or McCarran International Airport.

Can patients send marijuana through the mail?

Because it is outlawed on the federal level, shipping medical marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service is illegal, even if you have a card.

What protections does having a medical marijuana card provide?

Having a Medical Marijuana card allows patients to purchase medical marijuana and provides patients legal protection against state prosecution for possession, production or delivery of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. The law also protects non-cardholders in the vicinity of someone legally using medical marijuana.

Where can I read more about the Nevada state medical marijuana regulations?

The statues for medical marijuana are:
Nev. Rev. Stat. §§ 453A.010 – 453A.240 (2008)
Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§435A.080(1)(a), (2); 435A.250(2) (2008)

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