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