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RECOMMENDING CANNABIS IN NEVADA
Medical doctors (M.D.s) or doctors of osteopathy (D.O.s) who are currently licensed by the State of Nevada may recommend the therapeutic use of cannabis to any patient under their care who is diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating medical condition. Under the law, professional licensing boards are prohibited from taking disciplinary action against attending physicians who obey Nevada's medical cannabis statute. Physicians are obligated to inform their patient of the risks and benefits of medical cannabis and must have informed consent for minor patients
Eligible Conditions: Include any chronic or debilitating medical condition such as:
- An anxiety disorder
- An autism spectrum disorder
- An autoimmune disease
- Anorexia nervosa
- Dependence upon or addiction to opioids
- A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following:
(b) Muscle spasms, including, without limitation, spasms caused by multiple sclerosis;
(c) Seizures, including, without limitation, seizures caused by epilepsy;
(d) Nausea; or
(e) Severe or chronic pain;
- The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and any medical condition related to the human immunodeficiency virus;
- A neuropathic condition, whether or not such condition causes seizures; or
- Any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that is:
(a) Classified as a chronic or debilitating medical condition by regulation of the Division; or
(b) Approved as a chronic or debilitating medical condition pursuant to a petition submitted.
For more information on the laws and regulations, visit the State of Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board website.
Medical professionals have a legal right to recommend cannabis as a treatment in any state, as protected by the First Amendment. Established by a 2004 United States Supreme Court decision to uphold earlier federal court rulings that found doctors and their patients have a fundamental Constitutional right to freely discuss treatment options.
More resources for medical professionals can be found here.
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