How To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada

Apply For Nevada Medical Marijuana Card Online

What is an MMJ Card in Nevada?

A Nevada medical marijuana card is a registration identity card that establishes the cardholder as a registered qualifying patient in the Nevada medical marijuana program. Marijuana was legalized for medicinal purposes in Nevada with the passage of the Medical Use of Marijuana Act in 2001. The Act established the Nevada medical marijuana program, as a state registry program within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) administers the state program, within the DHHS, and registers qualifying patients and caretakers. Consequently, registered qualifying patients can possess and use medical marijuana to treat specific chronic or debilitating medical conditions, without legal ramifications. However, patients must abide by the specifications and regulations of the Act, to enjoy its privileges.

Who Can Apply for an MMJ Card in Nevada?

Persons who wish to receive a medical marijuana card to become patients on the Nevada medical marijuana program registry must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be diagnosed by a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) with one of the health conditions approved by the Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB)
  • Be a legal resident of the State of Nevada

Can a Minor Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada?

Persons under 18 years (minors) can obtain medical marijuana cards if they provide explicit permission from their custodial parent or legal guardian. Also, the parent or guardian must act as the minor patient’s caregiver. When requesting a paper application packet, the minor (or their caregiver) should use the minor child application request form. When completing the application packet, information about the caregiver must be included in the application along with a copy of their valid identification.

Paper applications for medical marijuana cards in Nevada should be delivered to:

Division of Public and Behavioral Health

ATTN: Medical Marijuana Division

4126 Technology Way, Suite 101

Carson City, NV 89706

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Nevada in 2024?

A patient who wishes to get a medical marijuana card in Nevada must possess one or more of the following debilitating health conditions;

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Cancer
  • Opioid addiction
  • 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
  • Any medical condition related to a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV+) positive status
  • Any neuropathic condition, whether or not such condition causes seizures

How Do I Apply for an MMJ Card in Nevada in 2024?

Patients in Nevada apply for medical marijuana cards from the Nevada Medical Marijuana Cardholders Program. Applications can be made online or by submitting a paper application packet to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH).

To submit an application online;

  • Log in to the online registry. Patients must have computers with printing and scanning capabilities, as well as internet access to register online. Applicants should log into the registry and select the option to register as a cardholder to create their registry profile.
  • Download and complete the application form. Registering patients will need to print the application form to complete it. They are also required to have their healthcare providers sign the attending healthcare provider statements and acknowledgments. The healthcare providers must also include copies of the front and back of their valid ID cards.
  • Upload the completed application packet to submit to the Medical Marijuana Registry. Approved patients will receive a letter that may be used to legally purchase medical marijuana for up to 60 days from its issuance date. A medical marijuana registry ID card will be sent to the patient via mail, usually within 7-10 working days of the registration approval.

To submit a paper application, patients must request an application packet by submitting an application request form (for minors) to the Medical Marijuana Registry (MMR). Patients can also request an application packet by sending a copy of their valid ID and a valid phone number to the MMR. The patient must indicate they are sending the ID to begin registration in the state medical marijuana program. Patients submitting paper applications must also locate approved healthcare providers that will confirm their condition and recommend medical marijuana for treatment. Paper applications for medical marijuana cards in Nevada should be submitted to:

Division of Public and Behavioral Health

ATTN: Medical Marijuana Division

4126 Technology Way, Suite 101

Carson City, NV 89706

The patient will undergo a background check to ensure they have no past convictions for selling a controlled substance before receiving their permanent MMJ card.

How Does a Primary Caregiver Get a Nevada MMIC?

Designated primary caregivers in the Nevada medical marijuana program are persons who have significant responsibility for managing the well-being of their patients in the program. A designated primary caregiver must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a permanent resident of the State of Nevada
  • Not be the patient’s attending physician or healthcare provider
  • Be designated by the patient with approval from their healthcare provider

To designate a primary caregiver, the patient must also request a caregiver application packet when submitting their application request form. The caregiver must complete the application providing such information as their name, address, telephone number, and social security number. The patient's healthcare provider must also provide a written statement approving the designation of the caregiver. There is also an applicable $75 processing fee for the registration. The Medical Marijuana Registry will mail the caregiver’s registry ID card, along with the patient’s card, if the application is approved. A caregiver registration card is valid for one year and must be renewed annually when the patient is renewing their registration ID card.

How long does it take to get a Nevada MMIC?

Typically, the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) processes registrations for approval or denial within 24 - 72 hours of receiving the patient applications. All applicants will receive a notification of approval or denial from the DPBH within 30 days of submitting their applications.

Getting a Nevada Medical Marijuana Card Online

Eligible applicants can apply for a Nevada medical marijuana card online by logging in to the medical marijuana online registry portal and registering as a cardholder. However, applicants will be required to download the application packet to complete it and upload the completed packet to submit to the Registry. This is because applicants need to have their healthcare providers sign the enclosed Attending Healthcare Provider Statement and Acknowledgment and Waiver pages. The healthcare providers are also required to provide a copy of the front and back of their state-issued identification to be uploaded with the submission. The Medical Marijuana Registry will email a paper registration ID to the applicant if their application is approved. This temporary registration ID can be printed out and is valid for up to 60 days, pending when the patient receives their permanent registration ID.

How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Nevada?

Nevada charges a $50 registration fee for a 1-year term and $100 for a 2-year registration term. The applicable fee must be paid when submitting the registration or renewal application packet. Nevada does not allow for medical marijuana registration fee waivers or offer payment plans. The registration fee must be paid in full with each completed application submission. Online submissions can be paid for using credit or debit cards, while mail submissions should be paid with a check or money order for the fees.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card in Nevada?

When applying for a Nevada medical marijuana card from the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), the applicant must provide the following documents:

  • A copy of a valid photo identification, which establishes the applicant is a legal resident of Nevada
  • A completed application packet, appropriately acknowledged and signed by the patient’s healthcare provider, along with a copy of their photo ID

What Information appears on a Nevada Medical Marijuana Card?

A Nevada medical marijuana card include the following information:

  1. Patient’s picture
  2. Patient’s full name
  3. Patient’s current address
  4. Sex
  5. Height
  6. Weight
  7. Registration number
  8. Date of birth
  9. Issuance date
  10. Expiration date

Can Someone Track me Down through the Nevada Registry?

No. Information contained in the Nevada medical marijuana registry is considered medical information and, as such, is confidential. It is illegal to provide any information contained therein to a third party without the patient’s explicit permission. Consequently, it is highly unlikely a third party can track someone down through the Nevada registry.

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