Nevada Legal Information
In 2000, 65% of Nevada voters approved Question 9, amending the state constitution to allow the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by qualifying patients who participate in a confidential state-run registry that issues identification cards. Registered patients could possess up to 2 ½ ounces of cannabis in a single 14-day period, cultivate up to 12 plants or designate a primary caregiver to assist them, and could present a medical necessity defense in court if they possessed over the limit.
In April 2014, Senate Bill 374 was enacted, establishing a statewide medical cannabis distribution program. The law allows for the creation of up to 66 dispensaries and 200 production facilities, regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). As of January 2017, 56 dispensaries are open serving patients.
The law also restricted a patient’s ability to cultivate medical cannabis to rare exceptions but increased patient possession limits, created a reciprocity program that allows out-of-state registered patients to register in Nevada with dispensaries and grants the right to purchase medication, and capped the cost of patient registry cards at $100. In 2016, DHHS put the patient applications online and begin issuing temporary cards allowing patients to enroll and access medicine more quickly.
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In November 2000, 65% of Nevada voters approved Question 9, amending the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana in Nevada. Nevada’s medical marijuana law took effect in 2001, when the state instituted the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program.
To become a medical cannabis patient, a person must be diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating condition and be a resident of Nevada. Patients must register with the state to receive protection from prosecution and may otherwise assert an affirmative defense in court. Some of the qualifying conditions include cancer, AIDS, Glaucoma, PTSD, seizures, cachexia and persistent muscle spasms. This section includes an overview of state requirements for qualifying patients and links to other helpful information.
Medical doctors or doctors of osteopathy who are currently licensed by the State of Nevada may recommend the therapeutic use of cannabis to any patient diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating medical condition. This section includes an overview of state requirements for attending physicians and links to other helpful information.
Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers.
Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.