Becoming a Patient in Nevada

To become a medical cannabis patient in Nevada, a person must be diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating condition and reside in Nevada. Patients must register with the state to receive protection from prosecution and may otherwise assert an affirmative defense in court. Registered patients may legally possess up to 2 ½ ounces in a single 14-day period, as well as cultivate up to 12 plants or designate a primary caregiver to assist them. Beginning in 2015, patients will also be able to access a state licensed distribution system. Below you will find an overview of state requirements and links to other helpful information.


  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Cachexia (wasting and malnutrition associated with chronic disease)
  • Persistent Muscle Spasms (including Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Seizures (including Epilepsy)
  • Severe Nausea
  • Severe Pain
  • Additional conditions specifically approved by the Department of Health and Human Services


  • Must be a resident of Nevada
  • Must be in the care of an attending physician who is licensed in Nevada
  • Must be diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating medical condition
  • Must be informed by attending physician about benefits and risks of medical marijuana
  • Must receive written documentation from attending physician that marijuana could mitigate diagnosis
  • Must register with the State of Nevada and obtain a valid identification card*
  • Must not possess more than seven plants (three mature, four immature)*
  • Must not possess more than 2 ½ ounces in a single 14-day period*
  • Must not drive, operate or control any vehicle or vessel while under the influence of marijuana
  • Must not unlawfully possess a firearm
  • Must not possess or use marijuana or related paraphernalia in public view
  • Must not knowingly deliver marijuana to a person without a registration card
  • Must not engage in other conduct prohibited by Nevada law

*Patients who exceed possession amounts and/or do not participate in state-run registry are subject to prosecution, but are entitled to present a medical necessity defense in court

Patient Resources and Support:
Talking to Your Doctor

What the Science Says

Guide to Using Medical Cannabis

Know Your Rights

Become a Medical Cannabis Advocate

The Medical Cannabis Advocate’s Training Center

Department of Health and Human Services – Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions