Updated on January 28, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
In order to receive full legal protections of the Nevada medical marijuana law, under NRS 453A, only a patient with a qualifying debilitating medical condition who has applied for the Medical Marijuana program and obtained a valid Nevada Medical Marijuana Program card, is protected from state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana.
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 that:
“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.
Our goal is to help people in need of medical marijuana get the medicine they need. To this end, we provide a number of services to our patients.
Our goal is to make it easy for qualified patients to get a Nevada marijuana card and reap maximum benefits from treatment. You can start by browsing our Nevada directory to locate a medical marijuana doctor near you today.
This state-issued ID is the only documentation that will exempt patients from criminal charges if they choose to cultivate marijuana for personal use in Nevada. The card also allows registered patients to use, possess and purchase medical-grade marijuana for the same purposes.