Step 1: Do you qualify for the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program?
Under NRS 453A the following conditions are approved for medical marijuana patients:
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Cachexia (general physical wasting and malnutrition from chronic disease)
- Persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis)
- Seizures (including epilepsy)
- Severe nausea
- Severe pain (the most commonly reported condition)
- Additional conditions, subject to approval by the Division
- For minors, please see additional information below
- You are ineligible if you have any drug related felonies on your record
Step 2: Understanding the Nevada Medical Marijuana Laws.
It’s also important to understand the Nevada medical marijuana laws before diving into your consultation for a recommendation.
- NRS 453A allows for medical patients to posses up to two and one-half (2.5) ounces and/or a maximum allowable quantity of edible marijuana products and marijuana-infused products as established by regulation of the Division.
- If you are planning on growing your own medicine, you can grow twelve marijuana plants, irrespective of whether the marijuana plants are mature or immature (defined in NAC 453A.080).
- The registry card is issued for use in Nevada, and may not be recognized in other states.
- Your registration is good for one year, after that you will have to renew the card’s registration.
A person who has a registry identification card issued by the Division of Public and Behavioral Health is NOT exempt from prosecution if:
- They drive, operate, or control a vehicle or vessel under power or sail while under the influence of medical marijuana. Unlawful amounts of marijuana in the blood or urine, per N.R.S. 484.379, are 10 nanograms per milliliter of urine and 2 nanograms per milliliter of blood.
- They water ski, surfboard or use any similar device while under the influence of medical marijuana.
- They operate an aircraft while under the influence of medical marijuana.
- They have physical possession of a firearm while under the influence of medical marijuana.
- They embark on an amusement ride while under the influence.
- The possession of the marijuana or drug paraphernalia is discovered because the person engaged or assisted in the medical use of marijuana: 1. In a public place. 2. In a detention facility, county jail, state prison. 3. While delivering marijuana to another person, even if they hold a registry card.
- In possession over the allowed amount
- Involved in the re-sale of medical marijuana or purchase/sale of illegal marijuana
If you are planning on registering a caregiver please be aware of the following:
- Caregivers can be anyone, so long as they are over the age of 18
- A cardholder may have only one caregiver
- A caregiver can only be a caregiver to one cardholder; and
- A cardholder cannot be a caregiver to another cardholder.
Step 3: Set up a Consultation with an Approved Doctor to Get Your Recommendation.
You do have the option of filing directly with the state, which would require you to send in an application along with your recommendation, however most doctors have the ability to send in your application for you, simplifying the process further. We highly recommend filing your application with your doctor in order to ensure the process is handled properly.
Our friends at Cohen Medical Center are offering inexpensive doctor consultations including the application filing directly with the state. Give them a call at (702) 564-6420 and set up an appointment. They will provide you with a legitimate consultation and file your application for you on site. Typically, upon approval, your letter of acceptance into the Nevada Medical Marijuana program will come within a few weeks (my letter came within 12 days of my filing).
What to bring with you for your consultation:
- Nevada State Issued Identification (Driver’s Licence, Identification Card, ie.)
- Medical records relevant to your qualifying condition (not required, but recommended)
Step 4 (Final Step!): Take Your Letter to the DMV to obtain your Nevada Medical Marijuana Card.
Once you receive your letter from the DPBH confirming your approval into the Nevada Medical Marijuana program, you can take it to the DMV for processing. The standard fee is $13.25 for processing. You can visit any one of the DMV locations to process your card. You can purchase medical marijuana with your letter of acceptance while you wait for your processed card in the mail.
*Please note that you can use your letter of acceptance to purchase medical marijuana at state licensed dispensaries, however it is only good for 60 days from issuance. We recommend getting your card processed at the DMV well before the 60 days to allow for proper time.
Additional information for applicants who are applying for minors:
In addition to the materials required by NRS 453A.210, an application for a registry identification card or letter of approval for an applicant who is under 10 years of age must include:
- A written statement signed by the applicant’s attending physician verifying that he or she was presented with a photographic identification of the applicant and the designated primary caregiver, if any, and that the applicant and the designated primary caregiver, if any, are the persons named in the application;
- On forms prescribed by the Division, any information required by the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History;
- On forms prescribed by the Division, any information required by the Department of Motor Vehicles;
- A medical marijuana program waiver and liability release form that is prescribed by the Division and signed by the applicant and designated primary caregiver, if any;
- An acknowledgment form that is prescribed by the Division and signed by the applicant and designated primary caregiver, if any;
- If the applicant is under 18 years of age, a minor release form signed by the designated primary caregiver of the minor; and
- Proof that the applicant is a resident, including, without limitation, a photocopy of a driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles or a photocopy of an identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
We hope we have helped answer your questions on how to obtain a Nevada Medical Marijuana card, Wishing you the best of luck in your medical endeavors.
DPBH.nv.gov (n.d.). MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT CARDHOLDER REGISTRY – FAQS. Retrieved from http://dpbh.nv.gov/Reg/MM-Patient-Cardholder-Registry/dta/FAQs/Medical_Marijuana_Patient_Cardholder_Registry_-_FAQs/