Nevada Marijuana Cards
Medical marijuana is legal in Nevada, but to become a patient, you’ll need to meet specific requirements, including getting the necessary paperwork in order with both the state and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Of course, since you must have a medical reason to obtain marijuana, you’ll also need to meet with a doctor.
If you need help getting the process started, there are organizations that provide assistance, such as WeCan702. Here’s the process you can go through to become a medical marijuana patient in Nevada and get your Nevada MMJ card.
1. Get Diagnosed with a Condition that Qualifies for Medical Marijuana Treatment
As Nevada hasn’t legalized marijuana for recreational use, you will need a qualifying medical condition to use it. Only Nevada residents can get a medical marijuana card, and as far as medical conditions are concerned, you can qualify for medical marijuana for anything that’s disabling or chronic.
These conditions include cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, PTSD, multiple sclerosis and AIDS. Severe nausea and crippling pain would also qualify. This is just a small list, and you can find out exactly what will qualify through the Department of Health and Human Services.
The state hasn’t put any age restrictions on medical marijuana use, which means both adults and minors can qualify. Minors will need to have their parents or guardian complete a minor release form, and they also need to establish a designated caregiver when they apply. You can’t get a medical marijuana card in Nevada if you currently have a commercial driver’s license.
2. Send a Request to the State for an Application
It’s good to verify that you have a qualifying medical condition before you begin the application process, because you don’t want to end up wasting your time and money otherwise. To apply, you’ll need to contact the Nevada State Health Division by mail for an application.
In your written request for an application, make sure you provide an address where it should send your application form. You can request an application for someone else, but if you do, you should include their name and address. If you or the person you’re requesting the application for is a minor, ask for a minor release form, as well.
There’s a $25 fee that you must pay by check or money order with your written request. The address where you should make the request is:
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
ATTN: Medical Marijuana Division
4150 Technology Way
Carson City, Nevada 89706
For any other questions, the phone number for the Nevada State Health Division is 777-687-7594.
3. Fill Out Your State Application
When you receive your state application for a medical marijuana card, you can begin filling it out. To avoid any delays, read the instructions carefully and do exactly as they say. You’ll need to provide fingerprints in one section of this application, as that’s what will be used for your background check. The fee for getting fingerprints taken is typically about $20.
Once you’re done, don’t send the application in just yet, as you still need to see a doctor.
4. Meet with a Doctor
You can’t obtain a medical marijuana card without a doctor’s recommendation. This means you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a doctor so that they can both verify that you have the medical condition you’re claiming on your application and advise that marijuana can help relieve this condition.
There is almost always a fee that doctors charge for doing this, but fees vary from doctor to doctor, making it good to shop around if money is tight. If you have a doctor you visit regularly, you can call them and ask if this is a service that they perform. There are also plenty of tools available online to locate doctors who provide medical cannabis services in Nevada.
5. Mail the Application and the Recommendation from Your Doctor
Your doctor should give you a written recommendation. You’ll need to include that with your state application, and then send the entire packet in to the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health at the same address where you requested the application earlier. Expect this organization to check on your doctor’s status and make sure that you chose someone legitimate.
The organization will also use your fingerprints to run a background check on you. Although not every crime will disqualify you from getting a medical marijuana card, any prior convictions for selling controlled substances will.
It’s smart to make copies of all your paperwork and your doctor’s recommendation before sending in the application. There’s also a $75 fee for registering for a medical marijuana card and every time you renew your card. Include a check or money order in your packet to cover this.
6. Get Your Card
Once you’ve submitted the form, the response time will be within 30 days, and you’ll receive notification of whether your application was approved or denied. Assuming you’re approved, you’ll almost be ready to get your medical marijuana card at a DMV office.
Before you can do so, there’s a state background check to go through. This background check also uses those fingerprints you sent in, and it takes about 30 days. Fortunately, you’ll get a temporary card that lets you purchase medical marijuana during this time. If you pass the final background check, you get a notification that you’re all clear to pick up your permanent card at a DMV.
You’ll typically need to pay $22 at the DMV for your Las Vegas marijuana card. Your card is good for one year, and then you must complete this same procedure if you want to renew your card.
It’s a bit of an inconvenience to get your medical marijuana card in Nevada, but on the bright side, once you have it, you’ll be all set to purchase legal and recreational cannabis , edibles and marijuana flower.