Nevada’s recreational cannabis program is one of the nation’s most profitable. The state generated more than $1 billion in revenue last year, even amidst the coronavirus lockdowns and decreased tourism. Nevada was also one of the first U.S. states to legalize cannabis for medicinal use.
The Medical Use of Marijuana Act was passed in 2000, but the first medical cannabis sale didn’t happen until 2015. There was no language in place to support the program until 2013.
Nevada residents who benefit from consuming medical marijuana should still consider a medical marijuana card. Though adults can access cannabis in Nevada without a patient card, cardholders can possess 2.5 ounces at a time, while recreational consumers can only possess one ounce at a time.
Nevada’s medical patients aren’t subject to the 10% sales tax recreational customers pay, either. All adults at least 21 years old can grow up to six plants per person (no more than 12 per household) if there’s not a state-licensed cannabis retail store within 25 miles of the home.
Quick Guide to Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada
- See If You’re Eligible
Nevada has a list of qualifying conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana. Check the complete list down below.
- Get a Doctor’s Recommendation
You must get a licensed healthcare provider’s recommendation to apply for a medical marijuana card in Nevada.
- Apply For Your Medical Marijuana Card
Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services processes all patient and caregiver applications. You must submit an application online or through the mail to receive your medical marijuana card.
Am I Eligible for a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada?
Your ability to access medical marijuana depends on your health condition. Here is the list of qualifying conditions in Nevada:
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms
- Seizures, including that characteristic of epilepsy
- Crohn’s disease
- Cancer (associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting syndrome)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Muscle spasms, including, without limitation, cramps caused by multiple sclerosis
- Seizures, including, without limitation, seizures caused by epilepsy
- Severe or chronic pain
- A medical condition related to the human immunodeficiency virus
- A neuropathic condition, whether or not such condition causes seizures
Cannabis might help you manage any of the above conditions. It’s important to remember, cannabis won’t cure your disease. Cannabis is a safe way to treat symptoms associated with your condition, giving you a better quality of life.
Getting A Doctor’s Recommendation for a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada
Like other states, Nevada requires you to get a licensed doctor’s recommendation before a medical marijuana card can be issued. The doctor you see doesn’t have to be your regular physician, but they must be board-certified and licensed to practice in the state of Nevada.
Insurance will not cover any costs associated with medical marijuana. Cannabis is illegal under U.S. federal law, even though many states including Nevada have legalized it. You will pay a fee to the physician who recommends your medical marijuana card.
It’s important to discuss any current medications you’re taking with your physician. Cannabis could interact with certain medications, like antidepressants. Most interactions aren’t dangerous, but they do affect how the medication works in your body, making them more or less effective. It’s important to choose a cannabis-educated physician who can answer these questions for you.
Apply for Your Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada
Applying with Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services is the final step you need to take before getting your medical card. You will have to pay $50 for a one-year registration and $100 for a two-year registration. You can register your account here. You must submit a photo of your driver’s license or state ID with your application.
You can include a caregiver in your online application. Once you create your account, you can click “I will have a caregiver” and be prompted to upload documentation. Your caregiver will also be required to include a picture of their driver’s license or state ID.
After their ID is submitted, you will recreate the medical marijuana card application with the caregivers’ information. Nevada will receive two applications associated with you if you are applying with a caregiver.
You can apply online or submit your information in the mail.
Find Cannabis Doctors in Nevada
Heally’s network of Nevada doctors is ready to meet with you online to assess if medical marijuana may be right for you. Submit a patient form if you’re interested in discussing your options with a certified physician.