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Nevada Cannabis Facts

Updated on November 30, 2018.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

One of the more impressive medical marijuana facts for Nevada or any other state is that a commanding 65 percent of residents voted to implement a medical marijuana program in 2000 through Ballot Question 9. The measure came into effect on October 1st, 2001, allowing individuals with a doctor’s marijuana recommendation, to register and receive a medical marijuana card.

Patients and/or caregiver are allowed to possess up to one ounce of usable cannabis and grow up to 7 plants. The Nevada Marijuana Health registry is responsible for managing the medical marijuana program, processing the mandatory registrations and gathering the statistics and facts about marijuana in Nevada.

Nevada Medical Marijuana Facts

  • The latest marijuana data from Nevada indicates a total of 14,482 current patients with medical marijuana cards. As of December 2015, there were 819 applications pending.
  • As of the same time period, 1,078 caregivers held marijuana cards for these patients.
  • As of July 1st, 2017, marijuana is legal to use recreationally for any individual who is 21 years of age or older.
  • Thus far, 732 Nevada doctors have signed medical marijuana applications.
  • Between February of 210 and December 2010, there was an explosion in the number of medical marijuana applications. In fact, marijuana card applications by new patients between July 2010 and January 2011 amounted to almost half of the program’s total (1,358).
  • A curious Nevada medical marijuana fact is that the state’s DMV issues its marijuana cards. The cards look very much like Nevada driver’s license, including a hologram and a photo. Anyone who is convicted of trying to create a fake medical cannabis ID card will face felony penalties.
  • Most common conditions reported: 12,017 Nevada patients report severe pain as their qualifying condition, followed by 3,507 who report muscle spasms and 1,605 for severe nausea. All conditions defined by the law are represented.
  • The majority of marijuana cardholders are located in Clark County (9,204 patients)
  • Medical marijuana statistics show that 34 Nevada patients are minors and that more than 10,000 are 35 years of age and older.
  • The qualifying conditions to obtain medical cannabis in Nevada include AIDS, PTSD, cancer, severe muscle spasms, severe nausea and severe pain. A patient suffering from another condition can submit a petition to the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
  • Patients approved for the state’s medical marijuana program can legally purchase up to 2.5 ounces of weed every two weeks.
  • Nevada is currently the only U.S. state that allows people from other states to use their medical cannabis cards to purchase weed. Anywhere medical weed is legal, patients can use their cards to shop in state-licensed dispensaries. Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire and Rhode Island allow out-of-state visitors to use medical cannabis, but they are not allowed to purchase it.
  • Nevada medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow as many as 12 plants at home as long they register their address and list the names of everyone living in the home. However, anyone living within 25 miles of a dispensary cannot grow their own cannabis unless they are given a special exemption or they are growing a specific strain that is not available through the nearest dispensary.
  • One of the more difficult Nevada marijuana facts for many people to accept is that employers can reprimand or fire an employee for testing positive for weed, even if that person is legally allowed to use medical cannabis.

Check with for further updates regarding medical marijuana facts for Nevada and all other states.

Nevada Marijuana Statistics and Facts: Qualifying Conditions


Condition Number of Patients
Cachexia 274
Cancer 1,122
Glaucoma 284
Severe Nausea 1,550
Severe Pain 14,680
Seizures 460
Muscle Spasms 2,597


Nevada Marijuana Statistics and Facts: Patient Distribution

Region Number of Patients
Clark County 11,497
Washoe County 2,798
Rest of the State 2,535

Nevada Marijuana Statistics and Facts: Age of Patients

Age Group Number of Patients
Under 18 49
18-20 347
21-24 514
25-34 2.158
35-44 2,909
45-54 3,144
55-64 4,074
Over 65 3,786

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