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. Now, just like neighboring Oregon and California, residents of Nevada can legally walk into a marijuana dispensary and purchase high-THC products. As a result, they don’t require a medical marijuana card.
However, valid MMJ cardholders can receive price cuts and tax breaks (in addition to a broader selection of cannabis products). As a result, many people still wonder how to apply for medical marijuana in Nevada.
We frequently get asked:
- Is it worth it to apply, even though cannabis is now fully legal in the state?
- How much does the application cost?
- What medical condition(s) qualify for an MMJ card?
Therefore, in this quick guide, we discuss everything you need to know about how to get MMJ in Nevada.
Medical Card Nevada: What Are the State’s Marijuana Laws?
The state of Nevada banned marijuana in 1923, and it didn’t become legal again until 2001. Due to state law, an MMJ initiative had to pass in two successive elections in 1998 and 2000 to become legal. This is because the new law aimed to amend the state constitution. It took a decade and a half before Nevada had operational licensed dispensaries!
The initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana was passed in November 2016, allowing adults aged 21+ to buy, use, and possess up to an ounce of the substance. The first recreational dispensaries opened in July 2017.
There was further good news in June 2021. Governor Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 341 into law. It allows the operation of alcohol-free lounges where people aged 21+ can buy and consume marijuana products. The law took effect in October 2021, with establishments likely to open early in 2022.
Unless you have an MMJ card, the possession of over an ounce is a misdemeanor with a potential fine of $600.
However, the state medical marijuana program created by the Department of Health, and the recreational law, doesn’t mean there are NO punishments for breaking cannabis regulations. Unless you have an MMJ card, the possession of over an ounce is a misdemeanor with a potential fine of $600.
The sale of over an ounce without a license is a felony, with a potential four-year prison sentence. The cultivation of more than 12 plants carries a similar penalty. If you want to possess more than an ounce of cannabis and have a qualifying medical condition, we recommend applying for an MMJ card in Nevada. Keep reading to find out how.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada
Given that adult-use cannabis is legal in Nevada, it is hardly a surprise that the MMJ application process is straightforward. First and foremost, you need to be a resident of Nevada to apply through the usual process. You must also have one of the qualifying conditions, which we list later on.
Step 1 – Schedule an Appointment with a Healthcare Provider
If you suffer from a qualifying condition, schedule an appointment with a licensed health care provider. They will review your records, fill out, and sign the mandatory Attending Healthcare Provider Statement.
Nevada does not provide a list of healthcare providers who recommend MMJ. Fortunately, “420 clinics” are relatively common in Nevada, so it isn’t much of an issue.
A Physician Assistant, Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) can also complete the Attending Healthcare Provider Statement for you.
In the consultation, the doctor will ask you a few questions about your medical history. The goal is to see if you are a suitable candidate for MMJ. By all accounts, Nevada physicians are not particularly strict. If you are honest about your situation, they are likely to be understanding.
Step 2 – Register with the State of Nevada
Hopefully, the doctor will approve you for medical cannabis. When you receive their documentation, you must generate an application packet. Go to the Nevada MMJ program website and register for an account as a ‘Cardholder.’ 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 the recommendation will do this for you. If they don’t, you’ll need to scan the signed form yourself.
You also need to scan and upload a copy of the ‘back-side’ of your driver’s license into the online application. When signing in to the program, the login information is your driver’s license number and your chosen password.
Suppose you prefer to print and mail your application rather than do it online. In that case, 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
Step 3 – Pay the Fee and Submit the Online Application
The next step is to complete and submit the remainder of the application online. In Nevada, you have the option of a one-year or two-year MMJ card. Once all documents are uploaded and you pay the fee, click ‘Submit.’
These days, companies such as NuggMD can do most of the application process for you. If you live in Nevada, the NuggMD process is as follows:
- Upload basic personal health information and a valid U.S.-issued I.D.
- Get an online consultation with a doctor licensed in the state of Nevada.
- Receive approval and instructions on obtaining your application. Forward it to the doctor for the signature, fill it out, and submit it to the MMJ program in Nevada.
You should receive your Nevada MMJ card shortly after receiving this letter. On average, the state processes applications in 24-72 hours. If all documentation is correct, you should receive an email with a temporary copy of your MMJ card, valid for 60 days. You can expect the real card to arrive within two weeks.
What Are the Nevada Medical Marijuana Costs?
The cost of a consultation varies massively and is up to $200 in some places. It costs $50 for a one-year card and $100 for a two-year card. The NuggMD service in Nevada costs $79 for a one-year recommendation and $100 for a two-year option. This includes the cost of the online consultation.
What Conditions Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada?
In the state of Nevada, individuals must be diagnosed with one of the following conditions:
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Persistent muscle spasms or seizures
- Severe nausea or pain
- Any other medical condition classified as ‘debilitating’ or ‘chronic’ and approved by the Department of Health and Human Services
I Lost My Medical Card in Nevada; How Do I Get a New One?
If you lose your card, or else it is stolen, you can apply for a replacement. Email the back and front of your state-issued I.D. to firstname.lastname@example.org, explain the situation, and request a new card. The Registry will send a new 60-day letter and tell the DMV to send you a new MMJ card. You can expect it to arrive in the mail in 7-10 business days.
How to Get a Medical Card in Nevada Online
Although you can still go down the snail mail route, applying for your medical card online makes more sense. Go to the Online Cardholder Registry and start your application. However, please note that you require scanning and printing capabilities.
Print out a paper copy of the application, complete it, and scan it. Then you can upload/submit it instead of using a standard mail delivery option. Remember, the letter of approval you receive is valid for up to 60 days after receipt. Since you get the card in less than ten business days in most cases, it is ample protection.
With online services like NuggMD, you can go through the entire process with the doctor in as little as 15 minutes.
With services like NuggMD, even the consultation is conducted online. You can go through the process with the doctor in as little as 15 minutes.
Please note that online registration is unavailable for minors. Parents/guardians of applicants aged 0-17 must get in touch with the Registry.
Other Information on the Nevada Medical Marijuana License Process
Here are the answers to some of the most common questions regarding medical marijuana in Nevada.
My Card Expired. How Do I Get a Renewal?
To renew your medical marijuana card in Nevada, you’ll need to go through the entire process again. If you believe you need MMJ for a considerable period, it is worth paying for the two-year card to save yourself the hassle.
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. Indeed, there is no official reciprocal agreement in place with any state.
Should you wish to purchase medical marijuana with an out-of-state card, you must complete a state-mandated Nonresident Cardholder Affidavit Form. You must also show your MMJ card (as well as a driver’s license or state ID) from the state where 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 states’ cards is The Grove. Of course, since marijuana is now legal recreationally in Nevada, anyone over 21 can buy it without an MMJ card.
How Much Medical Marijuana Can I Purchase in Nevada?
MMJ patients can 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, you must NOT live within 25 miles of an operating, state-licensed dispensary. An exception is made if you can prove you’re too unwell to travel to a dispensary or have no means of travel. If you meet the requirements for home cultivation, you can 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.
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 a minor and wish to apply for medical marijuana, you must 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. However, Assembly Bill 341 means you can soon buy and use marijuana products in special lounges.
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. You must also remain within the state’s possession laws. Consuming any form of marijuana while operating a vehicle or driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal.
Am I Allowed to Have a Caregiver?
Yes, you can assign one caregiver to assist you in buying and using MMJ. Only individuals aged 18+ that are permanent residents of Nevada are allowed to become caregivers. They can only help one patient at a time. They are permitted to pick up your MMJ from the designated dispensary, and possess, transport, and administer it on your behalf.
Where Can I Buy MMJ in Nevada?
The state maintains a list of legal MMJ dispensaries. Nevada has authorized a maximum of 130 licensed dispensaries to date, a large number given the state’s relatively low population.
Final Thoughts on Getting a Nevada Medical Marijuana Card
Ultimately, applying for a medical marijuana card in Nevada is a straightforward process. There is also the option of a 2-year MMJ card, which ensures you skip the usual annual renewal process. This is a good idea if you’re likely to use medical marijuana for a considerable period. However, when all else fails, you can purchase up to an ounce of adult-use marijuana in Nevada, as long as you’re aged 21+.
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