Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Nevada State Health Division
4150 Technology Way, Suite 106
Carson City, NV, 89706
Website: Nevada Medical Marijuana Program
Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana
On the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program website, 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 January 19, 2016]
The Nevada Patient Registry fee is $25 for new applications and $75 for the patient ID card. The Nevada Marijuana Registry is mandatory for patients under the age of 21, and as of April 01, 2014, does accept other state’s registry cards, with an affidavit.
As legislation changes in Nevada, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the medical marijuana program in Nevada.
The Nevada medical marijuana program has exploded in recent years, jumping from about 10,000 participants in 2015 to more than 23,000 patients a year later. Much of that growth is attributed to the fact that more dispensaries were available throughout the state. But the groundwork for these impressive numbers began more than a decade earlier.
On November 07, 2000, 65% of Nevada voters approved Ballot Question 9, effective October 01, 2001.
Ballot Question 9 effectively removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by qualifying patients who have a “written certification” from their physician, stating that he or she may benefit from the medical use of marijuana.
On October 01, 2001, Assembly Bill 453, created a state registry for those patients who physicians have recommended medical marijuana, while also tasking the Department of Motor Vehicles with issuing identification cards. It further stipulates that no state money will be used for the program — the program is to be funded entirely by donations.
On June 12, 2013, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, effectively signed and amended 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 to legally access, possess and use marijuana for medical use. Additionally, between April 01, 2014 and March 31, 2016, non-Nevada residents are required to sign an affidavit attesting to the fact that he or she is entitled to engage in the medical use of marijuana in his or her state or jurisdiction, of residency. As of April 01, 2016, the affidavit will be replaced by computer cross-checking between Nevada and other jurisdictions. Finally, patients who have been cultivating their own medical marijuana since before July 01, 2013, will only be allowed to continue cultivation until March 31, 2016.
Effective April 01, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services adopted regulations based on the previous amendment.
In the state of Nevada patients, or their appointed caregiver, may legally possess no more than two and a half (2.5) ounces of usable medical marijuana in a 14-day period, and no more than 12 plants.
The Nevada law established a confidential state-run patient registry, to issue identification cards to qualifying patients. Patients who refrain from joining the registry, or those who are found to possess a greater quantity of cannabis than is legally allowed by law, may argue the “affirmative defense of medical necessity” if arrested. Legislators have included a preamble to the legislation stating:
“The state of Nevada as a sovereign state has the duty to carry out the will of the people of this state and regulate the health, medical practices and well-being of those people in a manner that respects their personal decisions concerning the relief of suffering through the medical use of marijuana.”
In a separate provision, the Nevada School of Medicine, are required to “aggressively” seek federal permission to establish a state-run medical marijuana distribution program.
Qualified patients, in Nevada, may now choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using medical marijuana telemedicine services for the purpose of obtaining a Nevada medical marijuana evaluation:
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 their laws and new Nevada medical 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 click a corresponding link to find out more about Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Nevada medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Nevada’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Nevada.
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 and/or department of justice. 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.”