Nevada Medical Marijuana Qualification
Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Nevada
On November 7, 2000, 65% of Nevada voters approved Question 9, which amends the states’ constitution to recognize the medical use of marijuana. The law removes 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 into 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.
How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Nevada
- 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.
- Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment.
- Submit an Application for the Medical Marijuana Program with the Nevada State Health Division. To obtain the application form, you must send a written request and application fee to the Nevada State Health Division
- This application form will include a Physician Statement (aka medical marijuana recommendation form) that you must bring with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment. Find a medical marijuana doctor in Nevada here.
- Complete and submit the application form.The DMV will then issue you a medical marijuana card.
- You will not be able to obtain a Medical Marijuana Card if you hold a Commercial Drivers License.
What Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis in Nevada?
Patients diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under Question 9:
- Glaucoma, and
- Any medical condition or treatment to a medical condition that produces:
- Persistent muscle spasms or seizures
- Severe nausea or pain.
Medical Marijuana Access
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.
How to Contact the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Mailing Address: Nevada State Health Division
1000 East Williams St., Ste. 209
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone Number: 775-687-7590