Updated on November 19, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Patients in Nevada who have a medical card enjoy legal protections. Also, there are privileges that medical cardholders have that other residents do not. For example, a Nevada medical card allows you to legally buy more than 2.5 times the amount of cannabis.
In Nevada, there is a 10% additional excise tax on cannabis products bought at recreational dispensaries. Patients with a medical card are exempt from paying that tax.
There are many reasons why patients prefer to get (and keep) their Nevada medical card. Did you know that patients who live twenty-five (25) miles or further from a medical dispensary can legally grow their cannabis at home? Patients can grow up to twelve (12) plants legally.
Learn more about the advantages of getting a Nevada medical card.
House Representative Steve Yeager is from Clark County, Nevada. Yeager is a strong voice of support in 2021 for the federal legalization of cannabis. And for mass expungement and the decriminalization of marijuana.
Nevada has been a state leader in terms of mass expungement and sealing cannabis criminal charge records. The decriminalization efforts in Nevada have taken low-level (small possession amounts) out of public record.
During the Covid-19 health emergency, many medical and recreational dispensaries participated in a “Joints for Jabs” campaign. This was in partnership with the “Immunize Nevada” program. Dispensaries hosted Covid-19 vaccine clinics for patients.
Adults who are eighteen (18) years of age or older can apply for a medical card. Before applying for a card, a patient must have at least one of the required qualifying health conditions for a Nevada medical cannabis card.
The current qualifying health conditions are:
A primary care provider (PCP) must diagnose you with one of the qualifying health conditions. Proof of the diagnosis will be required as part of the Nevada medical card application process.
Adult-use cannabis is also legalized in Nevada. That means a full assortment of cannabis products is available to patients. Whether purchased at a recreational or medical dispensary.
The following cannabis products are available:
Nevada also legalized the delivery of cannabis products. Patients can order online, and most dispensaries provide curbside pickup or home delivery.
If you are a patient visiting from another state, you can also use your medical card to visit a dispensary. Nevada has a reciprocal agreement with many other states to honor medical cards for non-resident patients.
Patients must be aged eighteen (18) years or older to apply for a medical card. Minors under the age of eighteen are required to designate a caregiver (legal guardian).
The Medical Marijuana Program for the State of Nevada requires that all patients create an account online. If you create your account for the first time, you can use your DMV (Driver’s License) ID number as the username and create your password.
Your medical card application, documents, and annual renewals are all processed through the online portal. If you need to replace your medical card, requests can only be made by fax, mail, or email.
Yes. Minors under the age of eighteen (18) years in Nevada may still be approved for medical cannabis. Minors must be over the age of ten (10) years to be eligible.
Minors may not enter a dispensary. A legal guardian or parent must be designated for the minor. A minor release form is required, which is a specially written statement from the attending physician. The legal guardian or parent and the patient must be informed of the potential risks of cannabis use. And both the patient and the guardian must provide consent.
The custodial parent or legal guardian who is designated as a caregiver must sign a consent form. The caregiver must agree to safely control the purchase, dosage, and frequency of cannabis administered to the minor.
About sixty (60) days before your medical card expires, you will receive an email notification. The Nevada medical marijuana program will prompt you to renew your license. An annual fee is required for renewal of $50 for one year and $100 for a medical card with a two-year expiration date.
Patients who need to get a replacement medical card can email email@example.com. In your email, you will need to provide a short explanation of why you need a new card. And enclose a front and back photo of your driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
The Nevada DMV will actually send the medical cannabis card. It takes 7-10 business days to arrive. Requests by mail can take longer. The quickest way to get a replacement card is to email an image of the front and back of your state-issued identification to firstname.lastname@example.org, explain what happened, and request a new Medical Marijuana Card. The Registry will send a new 60-day letter and request DMV to send a new card, which should arrive in the mail within 7 to 10 business days.
To mail a request for a replacement card, send copies of your state-issued identification, a short note about why you need a new card, and mail it to the following address:
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
ATTN: Medical Marijuana Division
4150 Technology Way, Suite 101
Carson City, Nevada 89706
You may also request a replacement card by fax to: (775) 684-3213.
The Cannabis Compliance Board for the state of Nevada provides a list of licensed dispensary locations. Patients with a medical card may purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis products legally. Non-card holders may only purchase up to 1 ounce.
Recreational cannabis may be legal in Nevada, but you must consume it at home. The fine for smoking marijuana in public is $600.
The Medical Use of Marijuana Act (also known as Question 9) became law after voters accepted it in November of 2000. However, it took five years to adopt the laws and create the medical card program for patients in Nevada. Patients could not purchase cannabis until July 31, 2015.
Patients had to wait long between the first attempt to legalize medical marijuana (1998) and the day dispensaries opened in Nevada.
July, 2000—Nevada lawmakers originally approved medical cannabis in 2000. The “Nevada Medical Marijuana Act” passed with 59% of voter approval. The Act was then included in Assembly Bill 453 in June, 2001.
However, the laws did not provide a framework for the patient registry or dispensary requirements. For fifteen years before dispensaries in Nevada opened, patients were required to grow their own cannabis at home.
Source Web 2021: ballotpedia.org
November 2016—Recreational (adult-use) cannabis was legalized in Nevada in November of 2016. The “Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act” (also known as Question2) was approved by Nevada voters. However, the laws and regulations did not take effect in NV until July, 2017.
Source Web 2021: leg.state.nv.us
Medical Marijuana Registry
4150 Technology Way, Ste 101
Carson City, NV 89706
Phone: (775) 687-7594
Fax: (775) 684-3213
The State of Nevada has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician and apply for a state-issued Nevada Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Nevada state guidelines.
Since the Nevada medical marijuana program is still changing and new Nevada marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Nevada medical marijuana program.
Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services. For a comprehensive list of Nevada’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states.”