Nevada

Nevada

14,633
Registered Patient Population
0.48%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
66
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
222 : 1
Patients : Retail

Cannabis is legal to all adults over 21 in Nevada. Any adult may cultivate up to six plants at home, patients may have up to 12. Patients in Nevada report high costs of medicine as their primary barrier to access. Nevada allows visiting patients with valid medical cannabis cards to shop at in state dispensaries.

Patient Rights and Civil Protection 76/100   
Arrest Protection 40/40
Affirmative Defense 15/15
Parental Rights Protections 0/10
DUI Protections 2/5
Employment Protections 5/5
Explicit Privacy Standards 7/7
Housing Protections 0/5
Does Not Create New Criminal Penalties for Patients 4/5
Organ Transplants 0/5
Reciprocity 3/3
Access to Medicine 89/100   
Allows Distribution Programs 36/40
– Allows Access to Dried Flowers 15/15
– Allows Delivery 4/5
– No Sales Tax or Reasonable Sales Tax 5/5
– Allows for a Reasonable Number of Dispensaries 5/5
– Does Not Require Vertical Integration 2/2
– Ownership/Employment Restrictions 1/2
– Provisions for Labor Standards 0/2
– Environmental Impact Regulations 2/2
– Choice of Dispensary Without Restrictions 2/2
Noncommercial Cultivation 15/20
– Personal Cultivation 15/15
– Collective Gardening 0/5
Explicit Right to Edibles/Concentrates/Other Forms 10/10
Does not Impose Bans or Limits on THC 10/10
Does not Impose Bans on CBD 10/10
Local Bans/Zoning 8/10
Comprehensive Qualifying Conditions 46/50
Adding New Conditions 7/10
– Law/Regulations Allow for New Conditions 5/5
– System Works for Adding New Conditions 2/5
Reasonable Access for Minors 9/10
Reasonable Caregiver Background Checks 4/4
Number of Caregivers 2/2
Patient/Practitioner-Focused Task Force or Advisory Board 1/2
Reasonable Fees (Patients and Caregivers) 9/10
Allows Multiple-Year Registrations 1/2
Reasonable Physician Requirements 5/5
Does Not Classify Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 5/5
Functionality 84/100   
Patients Able to Access Medicine at Dispensaries or by Cultivation 45/50
No Significant Administrative or Supply Problems 15/15
Patients Can Receive Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame of Doctor's Recommendation 8/10
Reasonable Possession Limits 4/5
Reasonable Purchase Limits 4/5
Allows Patients to Medicate Where They Choose 4/5
Covered by Insurance/State Health Aid 0/3
Financial Hardship (Fee Waivers/Discount Medicine) 4/7
Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements 89/100   
Dispensing 23/25
Staff Training 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures 5/5
– Facility Sanitary Conditions 1.25/1.25
– Storage Protocols 1.25/1.25
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1.25/1.25
– Inventory Control 1.25/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 3/5
Product Labeling 5/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 1.67/1.67
– Potency/Compound Identification 1.67/1.67
Required Testing 5/5
– Active Compound Identification 1.67/1.67
– Contaminants 1.67/1.67
– Potency 1.67/1.67
Grow/Cultivation 23/25
Staff Training 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures 5/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0.71/0.71
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0.71/0.71
– Storage Protocols (Short-Term and Long-Term Storage) 0.71/0.71
– Reasonable Security Protocols 0.71/0.71
– Batch and Lot Tracking 0.71/0.71
– Disposal/Waste 0.71/0.71
– Water Management 0.71/0.71
Pesticide Guidance 5/5
– Pesticide Guidance 2.5/2.5
– Pesticide Labeling 2.5/2.5
Required Testing 5/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1.25/1.25
– Contaminants 1.25/1.25
– Potency 1.25/1.25
– Sample Retention 1.25/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 3/5
Manufacturing 23/25
Staff Training 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures 5/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 1/1
– Workforce Safety Protocols 1/1
– Storage Protocols 1/1
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1/1
– Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
Product Labeling 5/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 1.67/1.67
– Potency and Compound Information 1.67/1.67
Required Testing 5/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1/1
– Contaminants 1/1
– Potency 1/1
– Shelf Life Testing 1/1
– Sample Retention 1/1
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 3/5
Laboratory Operations 20.00/25
Staff Training 5/5
Method Validation in Accordance with AHP Guidelines 0/5
Result Reporting 5/5
Independent or Third Party 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols 5/5
– Equipment and Instrument Calibration 0.83/0.83
– Sample Tracking 0.83/0.83
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0.83/0.83
– Disposal/Waste 0.83/0.83
– Storage Protocols 0.83/0.83
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0.83/0.83
Covid Response 17/20   
Delivery Available? 6/6
Curbside Pickup Available? 2/2
Medical Cannabis Essential? 4/7
Telemedicine Available? 5/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2020 State of the States Report.

In This Section

Nevada Medical Marijuana Law & Regulations

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.

Becoming a Patient in Nevada

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.

Recommending Cannabis in Nevada

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.

Becoming a Caregiver, Producer, or Provider in Nevada

Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers.

The State of Medical Marijuana in Nevada

The State of Medical Marijuana in Nevada