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NV Marijuana Qualification

Updated on April 9, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in Nevada

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:

How to Become A Medical Marijuana Patient in Nevada

  1. Patients must be a Nevada Resident with a valid Nevada I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Nevada I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
  2. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis and bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment — *Learn how to request your medical records
  3. The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Nevada
  4. Once a patient has obtained a written certification from a physician licensed in the state of Nevada, patients are required to submit an application to the Nevada State Health Division, with a written request and application fee, to the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program.
  5. The Nevada DMV will issue the medical marijuana cards.
  6. * Please note: if you hold a Commercial Drives License, you are NOT eligible for a medical marijuana card.

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Nevada

On November 7, 2000, Nevada voters approved Question 9, amending the states’ constitution to recognize the medical use of marijuana — effectively removing state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis) by patients who have written documentation from a state-licensed physician that marijuana may alleviate his or her condition.
Question 9 has been codified in the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 453A.120. Under Nevada medical marijuana law, only a person with a qualifying debilitating medical condition who has obtained a valid Nevada Medical Marijuana Program card (also referred to as medical marijuana card) is exempted from criminal laws of the state for engaging in the medical use of marijuana. Patients or their primary caregivers may legally possess no more than one ounce of usable marijuana and may cultivate no more than seven marijuana plants, of which no more than three may be mature.

Medical Marijuana Access in Nevada

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to Nevada medical marijuana law, patients and their caregivers may grow medical marijuana for the patient’s private use and may possess one usable ounce and seven plants, three of which may be mature. Nevada’s medical marijuana laws do not include provisions for the selling or distributing of medical cannabis.

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* UPDATE: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, effectively signed and amended Senate Bill 374, on June 12, 2013, 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. 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.

Many people who meet Nevada medical marijuana qualifications likely applaud the decision of voters in 2016 to allow recreational use of weed in the state, but they are also worried about the effect of legalization on the state’s medicinal pot program. One legislator introduced a bill to allay those concerns.

Rep. Nelson Araujo of Las Vegas introduced legislation that would not only help protect the program, but it would actually make it easier for patients to obtain their medical cannabis card. Patients’ cards would be valid for two years instead of one, and they would no longer have to pay a $100 fee in order to renew them.

The bill would also remove the requirement that patients go through the state’s online portal in order to register for a card, which privacy advocates believe would result in less storage of personal data such as social security numbers and medical records. In addition, the bill would eliminate the tracking of medical cannabis purchases by patients.

Privacy advocates were encouraged by the bill as well because it would eliminate the requirement that patients use the state’s online portal in order to register for a card. They would no longer have to submit information such as their social security numbers and medical records over the internet to meet medical marijuana qualifications in Nevada.

Check back with on a regular basis, and we will keep you updated regarding developments on this very important issue as they warrant.

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