Nevada Cannabis Facts

Updated on June 25, 2021.  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 took effect on Oct. 1, 2001, allowing individuals with a doctor’s marijuana recommendation to register and receive a medical marijuana card.

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

  • According to the most recent figures, there are 16,848 active medical marijuana cardholders in Nevada.
  • There are 786 physicians in Nevada who are recommending medical marijuana.
  • There are 1,134 active caregivers with medical marijuana cards in Nevada.
  • 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.
  • The most common diagnosis for medical marijuana in Nevada is severe or chronic pain. There are 14,579 patients with severe or chronic pain among their list of qualifying conditions.
  • The second most common diagnosis is muscle spasms, with 3,166 patients. Other common conditions include cancer, nausea and PTSD.
  • The least common diagnosis for medical marijuana in Nevada is autism spectrum disorder, with four patients. Dependence on or addiction to opioids is also a rare diagnosis, with 22 patients.
  • The majority of marijuana cardholders are located in Clark County (11,385 patients)
  • Medical marijuana statistics show that 60 Nevada patients are under the age of 18.
  • The qualifying conditions to obtain medical cannabis in Nevada include:
  • Nevada allows people from other states to use their medical cannabis cards to purchase weed. So far, this includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Distric of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode island, Vermont and Washington.
  • Nevada medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow marijuana plants at home as long as they follow certain rules. 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.
  • On 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.
  • On Jan. 1, 2020, Nevada made it illegal for employers not to hire job applicants based on the results of a marijuana test.

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

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