Updated on May 19, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Nevada Division Of Public & Behavioral Health (DPBH)
Marijuana Enforcement Division
1550 E. College Parkway, Suite 115
Carson City, NV, 89706
Phone: (775) 684-3487
Fax: (775) 684-4156
Website: Nevada Medical Marijuana Program
Medical Marijuana Registry
4150 Technology Way, Ste 101
Carson City, NV 89706
Phone: (775) 687-7594
Fax: (775) 684-3213
Patients in Nevada diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating or life-threatening medical conditions are afforded legal protection under the Nevada Medical Marijuana law, as per Ballot Question 9:
Patients must be a full-time Nevada resident with a valid Nevada I.D. as proof of residency.
Patients must be diagnosed by their physician with one of the qualifying conditions. Any Nevada doctor with a license to write a prescription and who is in good standing with their appropriate board can sign the Attending Healthcare Provider Statement.
Patients are required to submit an application to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. You can register online or by mail.
Patients are required to pay a registration fee, which is $50 for a one-year registration and $100 for a two-year registration.
On the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program website, there is a list of 55+ open dispensaries currently serving the patients of the state — home cultivation is ONLY permitted in specific circumstances.
“The Nevada MM Program is not a resource for the growing process and does not have information to give to patients. It is recommended that you talk to an attorney to learn about your rights and protections,” Medical Marijuana Patient Cardholder Registry – FAQs [Accessed April 26, 2020]
On Nov. 7, 2000, 65% of Nevada voters approved Ballot Question 9, effective Oct. 1, 2001. Ballot Question 9 effectively removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by qualifying patients who have a recommendation from their physician stating that he or she may benefit from the medical use of marijuana.
On June 12, 2013, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, signed Senate Bill 374, providing for the registration of medical marijuana establishments authorized to cultivate or dispense marijuana, or manufacture edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products, for sale to patients authorized to legally access, possess and use marijuana for medical use. It also stipulates that patients who have been cultivating their own medical marijuana since before July 1, 2013, will only be allowed to continue cultivation until March 31, 2016.
April 1, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services adopts regulations based on the previous amendment.
Nov. 8, 2016, voters in Nevada passed Ballot Question 2, aka the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, which legalized recreational weed in Nevada for adults 21 and older.
July 1, 2017, the new recreational weed law took effect and people could begin purchasing, possessing and consuming Nevada recreational weed.
In the state of Nevada patients or their appointed caregiver may legally possess no more than 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana in a 14-day period. They may cultivate plants under special circumstances.
The Nevada law established a confidential state-run patient registry to issue identification cards to qualifying patients. However, as of July 2017, anyone over the age of 21 may purchase cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary.
The State of Nevada has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician and apply for a state-issued Nevada Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Nevada state guidelines.
Since the Nevada medical marijuana program is still changing and new Nevada marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Nevada medical marijuana program.
Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services. For a comprehensive list of Nevada’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states.”