How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada

How to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada

Step One: Check Your Eligibility

Any Nevada resident that has been diagnosed with one or more of these qualifying conditions is eligible to be considered as a medical marijuana patient.

These conditions include:

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia
  • Severe pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures and/or seizures caused by epilepsy
  • Persistent muscle spasms, and/or spasms caused by multiple sclerosis

There is no age restriction to obtain a medical marijuana card in Nevada. However, patients under the age of 18 are required to name a designated caregiver. Individuals with a commercial driver’s license are not eligible to obtain a medical marijuana card.

Step Two: Request a State Application

If you are eligible to be considered as a medical marijuana patient, you will then need to put in a written request for an application.

You can download an electronic copy of the request here:

Application Request Form

If you are requesting an application on behalf of a minor, use this form:

Minor Application Request Form

After completing the request form, you will need to submit it with a copy of the front and back of your valid, state-issued identification. Mail the completed forms and documents to the address listed below or send electronic copies to [email protected].

Mail completed forms to:

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health

Medical Marijuana Registry

4150 Technology Way, Suite 101

Carson City, Nevada 89706

Step Three: Locate a Physician

When it comes time for you to submit your application, you will need to include a physician’s recommendation for the program. You will need to locate a physician who is qualified and willing to recommend you for the medical marijuana program. Your doctor will need to review your medical records to make the recommendation, so don’t forget to include them when you make your appointment. To receive a valid physician’s recommendation, your doctor must confirm your condition and verify that medical marijuana will help relieve your condition.

Click this link for a searchable list of licensed medical marijuana doctors in the state of Nevada to locate a physician in your area:

Your doctor’s status will be verified by the Division of Health once you submit your application, so be sure to do adequate research and choose a physician wisely.

Step Four: Fill Out The State Application

After you receive your application in the mail, you’ll need to follow the directions on the application to fill it out accurately. You will need to submit your completed application along with a physician’s recommendation in order for your application to be considered.

The application includes a section and instructions for you to obtain your fingerprints. These will be used later for a mandatory background check, so don’t forget this crucial step.

Step Five: Submit Your Completed Documents

Your completed application, physician’s recommendation, and a $75 application fee must be submitted to the Nevada Division of Health for review. You should keep a copy of your application for your own records.

You will need to mail these documents and your payment here:

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health

Medical Marijuana Registry

4150 Technology Way, Suite 101

Carson City, Nevada 89706

If all documents are completed, you can expect to hear back from the state within 30 days of submitting your application. 

Step Six: Complete a Background Check

Suppose your application is approved, congratulations! You will now receive a temporary medical marijuana card that can be used to purchase cannabis at any Nevada dispensary.

To receive your permanent Nevada medical marijuana card, you must complete a background check using the same fingerprints submitted in your original application. The background check process usually takes about 30 days. Once your background check is completed and approved, you will be able to go to the Nevada DMV to obtain your permanent medical card.

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