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A Guide to Medical Marijuana in Nevada

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Is cannabis legal in Nevada?

In the state of Nevada, cannabis has been legalized for both medical and recreational use. The legalization process began with the approval of medical marijuana in 2000 through a voter initiative.

It was in 2016 that the state fully legalized recreational cannabis through another voter-approved initiative.

Despite there being a large recreational cannabis retail market in Nevada, especially in Las Vegas, the state still has a strong medical marijuana program that many citizens of Nevada with a medical marijuana card benefit from.

To participate in the Nevada medical marijuana program, patients with qualifying conditions can obtain a registry identification card, allowing them to purchase and possess cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

Who qualifies for a medical marijuana card in Nevada?

To get a medical cannabis card in Nevada, individuals must be at least 18 years old, a legal resident of the state, and have a qualifying medical condition approved by the state.

Qualifying individuals must obtain a recommendation from a state licensed physician before applying for a Nevada medical marijuana card, which can be provided by Compassionate Clinics of America.

Qualifying medical marijuana patients complete an application, and pay the required fees to the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Per the Nevada state health division, qualifying conditions for a medical card in Nevada include:

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome;
  • An anxiety disorder;
  • An autism spectrum disorder;
  • An autoimmune disease;
  • Anorexia nervosa;
  • Cancer;
  • Dependence upon or addiction to opioids;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Cachexia;
  • Muscle spasms, including, without limitation, spasms caused by multiple sclerosis;
  • Seizures, including, without limitation, seizures caused by epilepsy;
  • Nausea;
  • Severe or chronic pain;
  • A medical condition related to the human immunodeficiency virus;
  • A neuropathic condition, whether or not such condition causes seizures

How do I get a Nevada medical marijuana card?

Nevada residents with internet access can apply for a Nevada medical marijuana card through the Online Cardholder Registry.

The Online Registry allows applicants to scan and upload a valid driver’s license to register and create a profile, download and print the medical marijuana card application, and when the application is complete, applicants can upload it and pay online.

The Online Registry is found at  If you’ve not registered before click on “Register as a Cardholder.”

Applicants are required to have a licensed healthcare physician sign the Attending Healthcare Provider Statement, sign and date the Waiver and Acknowledgement forms, and include a copy of the front and back of their state-issued identification.

Compassionate Clinics of America is able to provide Nevada patients without a licensed physician a medical marijuana doctor to sign the Attending Healthcare Provider Statement following a consultation.

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What are the benefits of having a medical cannabis card?

Having a medical marijuana card in Nevada offers several benefits to individuals with qualifying medical conditions.

A medical marijuana card provides legal protection. It allows Nevada patients to possess and use cannabis for medicinal purposes within the boundaries of Nevada state law, although medical cannabis is still illegal under federal law.

This protection safeguards a medical patient from potential legal consequences that could arise from using marijuana without a valid medical authorization.

Another significant advantage of a Nevada medical cannabis card is access to a wider range of cannabis products at your local dispensary.

Medical dispensaries often offer a broader selection of strains, concentrates, edibles, and other products that recreational users can’t access.

These products are often tailored to address specific medical conditions and growers often cultivate special strains for targeted medical outcomes that dispensaries carry.

Those who hold medical cannabis cards can benefit from the medical expertise of dispensary staff who can guide them toward suitable cannabis options for their needs.

When you have a medical card, you may also purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis, whereas recreational users may only legally purchase and possess up to one ounce per Nevada law.

Additionally, Nevada medical marijuana cards help you save money as the taxes medical marijuana patients have to pay on their products are significantly less than recreational users.

In Nevada, medical marijuana cardholders are exempt from the 10% excise tax that adult use consumers pay when they purchase cannabis.

This exemption can result in significant savings over time, especially for individuals who rely on medical marijuana use as an ongoing part of their treatment.

How much does it cost to get a marijuana card in Nevada and for how long is my ID card valid?

When you submit your application to the online registry, the state registration fee is $50 for a one-year registration term, and $100 for a two-year registration term.

The fee for an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor at Compassionate Clinics of America is $79 for a first-time medical marijuana application, and $49 for a renewal.

We offer Sezzle payment options to break up the cost into separate, affordable payments.

Can I become a designated primary caregiver for someone else?

To become a designated caregiver in Nevada, individuals must be at least 18 years old, a Nevada resident, and register with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Caregivers assist registered medical marijuana patients by purchasing and administering cannabis on their behalf, following Nevada state regulations and medical marijuana program guidelines.

A cardholder may have only one caregiver.

A caregiver can only be a caregiver to one cardholder and cannot have more than one patient.

A cardholder cannot be a caregiver to another cardholder.

When can I renew my ID card?

It’s recommended to start the renewal process for your mmj card at least a month before your mmj card expires to ensure that there is no interruption of coverage.

What is required for renewal?

The appointment to renew your medical marijuana card will be similar to your first appointment.

Please provide any medical records supporting your qualifying condition.

I’ve heard that I can renew my medical cannabis card in Nevada for $20. Is it possible to renew my medical card for $20?

While some companies may state that you can renew your Nevada medical cannabis card for $20, it’s essential to clarify that no such providers exist. When you work with Compassionate Clinics of America, we are with you every step of the way in renewing your card. 

The cost for an appointment with a physician for a renewal of your medical cannabis certification in Nevada is $49.

I live in another state, can I apply?

While you have to be a resident to have a medical card in Nevada, the state is the only one that has reciprocity agreements with all states with legal medical marijuana.

Therefore, if you have a medical marijuana card from your state, you can visit a medical dispensary in Nevada and it will be accepted, and you will be able to purchase medical products.

Can I use medical marijuana anywhere in Nevada?

In Nevada, medical marijuana can be used in private residences or in designated areas that permit cannabis consumption. It is important to note that public consumption of cannabis is strictly prohibited and can result in legal consequences.

Some dispensaries may have on-site consumption lounges where medical marijuana patients can consume their medication.

It is advisable to check with the specific dispensary or consult local regulations to ensure compliance with the laws regarding the use of medical marijuana in Nevada.

How long does it take to process my application?

Approved patients will receive their medical marijuana card from the Medical Marijuana Division in the mail, which should occur within 7 to 10 business days.

Can I own a gun and have a medical cannabis card in Nevada?

While marijuana is legal in Nevada, it remains federally restricted. State law (NRS 202.3657(4)) states that habitual use of controlled substances, including medical marijuana, can lead to firearms permit denial. Law enforcement in Nevada, following NRS 202.360, enforces this by taking guns from lawful medical marijuana patients, classifying them as unlawful. There’s a slim chance for medical marijuana cardholders to obtain a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit in Nevada if approached differently. The Nevada DPHHS doesn’t check firearm ownership. However, having both a firearm and a medical marijuana card can pose legal risks if discovered by federal law enforcement, which is more likely in Nevada due to extensive federal property ownership.

Will I be given a temporary card while my application is being processed?

The letter of approval may be used immediately and for 60 days from its date of issuance in dispensaries for making purchases.

Most people receive their letter of approval from the Nevada State Health Division within a couple of days of submitting the online application for Nevada’s medical marijuana program.

Can a doctor complete a certification via telehealth?

Yes! The process to talk to a state licensed physician at Compassionate Clinics of America about your mmj card in Nevada is completely done over telemedicine!

This means you can talk about prospective medical use of cannabis and any concerns you may have about your health from the comfort of your own home!

When does the physician certification expire?

Your medical cannabis certification is valid until your medical marijuana card expires.

Questions About Medical Cannabis Certification in Nevada?

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Frequently Asked Questions

For Frequently Asked Questions specific to Nevada’s medical cannabis program, visit their FAQ at the link below:

Nevada Medical Marijuana Program Frequently Asked Questions

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