Back in July 2017, Nevada became just the sixth state in the U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The initial legislation actually passed back in November 2016 (after voters approved Question 2 by a slim margin of 54.47%), but it took the state several months to get their licensed dispensaries up and running.
Now, just like neighboring Oregon and California, residents of Nevada can legally walk into a marijuana dispensary and purchase high-THC products — without the need for a medical marijuana card.
However, due to the fact that valid MMJ cardholders are usually able to receive price cuts and tax breaks (in addition to a wider selection of cannabis products), many folks in the state are still wondering how to apply for medical marijuana in Nevada.
Is it worth it to apply, even though weed is now fully legal in the state? How much does the application cost? Would you qualify with a medical condition?
These are questions we have been getting asked all too often, so in this quick guide, we discuss everything you need to know about how to get a medical marijuana card in Nevada.
Medical Marijuana in Nevada: Here’s All You Need to Know
Believe it or not, medical marijuana has actually been legal in Nevada since 2001. However, since licensed dispensaries didn’t become operational in the state until 2015, the program was essentially in a state of “inactive limbo” for well over a decade.
Now that everything is running smoothly, however, we can outline the process for applying for an MMJ card with relative ease.
As a resident of the state, how do you apply for a medical marijuana card in Nevada? Here are the steps:
#1) Check to see if you have a medical condition that qualifies for MMJ use
In the state of Nevada, individuals must be diagnosed with one of the following conditions in order to be considered for medical marijuana use:
- Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Persistent muscle spasms or seizures
- Severe nausea or pain
#2) Schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider
If you do indeed suffer from one of the above qualifying conditions, you will need to schedule an appointment with a licensed health care provider that can review your records and fill out the mandatory Attending Healthcare Provider Statement.
Nevada does NOT provide a list of health care providers who recommend MMJ, so it will be up to you to find a clinic nearby. Fortunately, “420 clinics” are fairly common in Nevada (depending on where you live), so it shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Also, in addition to doctors, be advised that Physician Assistants and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) can also fill out the Attending Healthcare Provider Statement for you.
If you have trouble finding a clinic, feel free to contact us through our Facebook page and we can offer some recommendations.
#3) Scan your form and register online
Once you have obtained the Attending Healthcare Provider Statement verifying that you suffer from a qualifying condition, you will need to scan the form into your phone or computer so you can submit it in the online application.
In most instances, the 420 clinic that provides you with your recommendation will do this for you. If they do not offer to do it, you’ll need to scan the signed form yourself and create an account online through the official Nevada MMJ portal.
Once your account has been created, you can upload and submit the signed form as part of your patient application.
#4) Scan your driver’s license
In addition to uploading a copy of the signed Attending Healthcare Provider Statement, you will also need to scan and upload a copy of your driver’s license into the online application.
If you prefer to print and mail your application in rather than doing it online, you can do so by mailing the appropriate materials (including a photocopy of your valid Nevada driver’s license) to:
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
ATTN: Medical Marijuana Division
4150 Technology Way, Suite 101
Carson City, Nevada 89706
#5) Pay the fee and submit the online application
With your driver’s license and the signed health care provider form uploaded to the application, the next step is to complete and submit the remainder of the application online. Be advised that for a 1-year registration term, the cost is $50.00. For a 2-year registration term, the cost is $100.00.
How long will it take to get my card?
If your application is submitted correctly (and approved by the admissions board), you should receive a Letter of Approval within 10 business days. Be advised that this is NOT the official MMJ card, but you will be allowed to use it to purchase marijuana in licensed dispensaries for up to 60-days. The actual MMJ card should arrive in the mail within 2 weeks of receiving the Approval Letter.
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My Card Expired. How Do I Get a Renewal?
In order to renew your medical marijuana card in Nevada, you’ll need to go through the application fee (i.e. revisit a healthcare provider) and submit another online application, as well as an additional application fee (fees outlined above).
I’m From Out of State, How do I Buy Medical Marijuana in Nevada?
It is important to note that not all Nevada dispensaries will honor an out-of-state MMJ card. Should you wish to purchase medical marijuana with an out-of-state card, you will be required to complete a state-mandated “Nonresident Cardholder Affidavit Form” (out of state MMJ card form) and show your MMJ card (as well as a driver’s license or state ID) from the same state with which it was issued.
It is also best to contact your preferred dispensary to understand their exact requirements before heading over. One Nevada dispensary that honors other state’s cards is The Grove.
Of course, however, since marijuana is now legal recreationally in Nevada, anyone over the age of 21 will be able to purchase cannabis products in the state, with or without an MMJ card.
How much Medical Marijuana Can I purchase in Nevada?
In the state of Nevada, medical marijuana patients are allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis every 14 days with a valid MMJ Card.
Can I Grow Marijuana in Nevada with an MMJ Card?
Home cultivation is allowed in the state of Nevada with a valid MMJ card. However, in order to grow your own plants, you must NOT live within 25 miles of an operating, state-licensed dispensary. If you meet the requirements for home cultivation, you are allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at any one time.
Can I Take My Meds to a Different State?
No, traveling out of state with your medicine is not allowed.
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Who Can Apply for and Use Medical Marijuana in Nevada?
Currently, the online application for medical marijuana in Nevada is only available for adult patients aged 18 and older. If you are the parent or legal guardian of an individual under the age of 18 and wish to apply for medical marijuana, you will need to call the Medical Marijuana Registry at 775-687-7594.
Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere in Nevada?
Even though marijuana is legal for recreational use in Nevada, it is still illegal to consume it in any public place. Also, it is illegal to buy cannabis products from anywhere other than a state-licensed Nevada dispensary.
Can I Drive Around with (or use) Marijuana in My Car?
You may transport your medical marijuana in your car, as long as you aren’t consuming it and it is within the legal amount to possess. Consuming any form of marijuana while operating a vehicle, or driving under the influence of marijuana, is illegal.
How Much Medical Marijuana Should I consume?
We are not doctors or physicians, and therefore you should always consult with a professional healthcare provider before using any form of medical marijuana.
If I am Not Approved for Medical Marijuana in Nevada, What Should I do?
Now that marijuana is legal for recreational users across the state of Nevada, you will still be able to purchase cannabis (as long as you are over the age of 21) if you do not qualify for the medical marijuana card. Should you have any other questions, feel free to contact us through our Facebook page.
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