How to Get a Nevada Medical Marijuana Card in 2021

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - VP of Operations

Jul 19 2021 - 7 min read

Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada? You’ve come to the right place. We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your MMJ Card. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.

Table of content

  1. Getting a Nevada Medical Marijuana Card Online
  2. Who Can Apply?
  3. What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Nevada?
  4. How do I Apply?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Nevada?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Nevada?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Nevada?
  12. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  13. Does Nevada Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
  14. Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Las Vegas, Carson City, Reno and Henderson
  15. History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Nevada
  16. Current Nevada Medical Marijuana Laws
  17. Useful Links

Getting a Nevada Medical Marijuana Card Online

You can apply for your Nevada Medical Marijuana Card Online because telemedicine is allowed in the state. This is the quickest and easiest way to get your card from the comfort of your own home.

As a telehealth platform helping people easily obtain their medical marijuana cards, Leafwell has helped our clients quickly and securely get a Nevada Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Nevada understand the importance of applying for their Nevada MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA-compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform.

Who Can Apply?

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada, you must be a legal resident of Nevada.

Patients must be aged 18 or over in order to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. Minors can have caregivers apply on their behalf.

The caregiver program allows minors to get medical marijauna if necessary and allows adults who need assistance to access medical marijuana products too. The caregiver is added as part of the application process within the government website.

Once you have been approved by a Leafwell physician, you need to apply to the Medical Marijuana Program in Nevada. Your details in this program are 100% secure and confidential.

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Nevada?

As an MMJ Card holder in Nevada, you are permitted to possess:

Up to 2.5 oz of useable marijuana every 14 days

Cannabis is legal for recreational adult use for people over 21 years of age. However, having a medical marijuana card offers greater legal protection and higher possession limits. Recreational users can purchase only up to 1 oz of cannabis flower of ⅛ of an ounce of concentrate, plus will be subjected to 15% excise tax.

How do I Apply?

With Leafwell, you can get your Nevada Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

1. Register online with Leafwell

You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Nevada medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation for a 2 year certificate is $99. You are only billed if approved. If approved, the physician will sign the Waiver and Acknowledgement Forms which you must send to us.

2. Create an account on the government website

You will need to create an account and download the Waiver and Acknowledgement Form. These will need to be emailed to us. Our physician will sign it and return the documents within 48 hours.

3. Complete the Application on the government website

Upload the signed Waiver and Acknowledgement Forms to your account on the government website and pay either $50 for a 1 year card or $100 for a 2 year card.

4. Download a temporary letter of approval and receive your medical marijuana card

Once the application is complete, you can download a temporary letter of approval and buy your medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary immediately. You will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail in approximately 7-10 days. Please note that Leafwell will not be sending you a card – this is the state’s work! Your certificate will be valid for one year or two years, depending on what you selected from the date of issue.

What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records, if you have them. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarize themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Nevada registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether they recommend the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will sign your Waiver and Application Form.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will not be charged for the consultation.

Once obtained, the certification will last for two years.

How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Nevada?

The initial consultation with one of the Nevada registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a flat fee of $99 for a 2 year certificate. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

It costs $50 for a 1 year MMJ Card and $100 for a 2 year MMJ Card, payable to the state. This is a non-refundable fee which must be paid every time you apply. Every time you renew, you will be required to meet with a state-licensed physician via a telemedicine platform like Leafwell and then renew your card via the state website. A renewal with Leafwell costs $99.

There is no additional fee for applications which include a designated caregiver.

Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Nevada because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Nevada?

According to Nevada law in 2021, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Nevada:

  • Addiction to opioids
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Any auto-immune disease
  • Autism
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
  • Nausea
  • Neuropathy
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures, including without limitation, seizures caused by epilepsy

Note that this list is up to date as of July 2021. Legislation or the Commissioner of Health may add additional conditions, at which time, Leafwell will update this list.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Nevada, you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • ID
  • Proof of residency
  • A signed acknowledgement form and waiver (Leafwell’s physician will sign this once you’re approved)

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Valid, unexpired Driver’s License
  • State ID card

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Utility bill
  • Any correspondence with a state department
  • Bank statement
  • Mortgage or rental agreement

Signed Waiver and Acknowledgement Form

  • You will need a Nevada waiver for medical marijuana in order to complete your application form.

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

It’s not necessary but our physicians do like to see them if you have access to them. Seeing your medical records allows our registered practitioners to have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history.

This enables them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case-by-case basis.

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

A caregiver can be added to your account once you have registered with the state. You will need to upload the caregiver’s driver’s license or ID card as part of the application.

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Nevada?

Patients in Nevada can cultivate medical marijuana if there is no dispensary in the county where they live or if there is no dispensary within 25 miles of their home address. If a dispensary is subsequently opened within these limits, a patient may continue to cultivate cannabis if they do not allow their registration to lapse.

Patients who are unable to travel due to illness of lack of transportation are also allowed to grow their own plants.

Finally, if the dispensaries which are available do not supply the strain of marijuana necessary for a specific medical condition, a patient is allowed to cultivate this strain for medical purposes.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Nevada Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

Yes, Nevada does recognize out of state medical marijuana cards.

When Nevada residents travel to other states, some will also accept your MMJ cards. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:

  • Alaska ^
  • Arkansas *
  • California ^
  • Colorado ^
  • Hawaii *
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma *
  • Oregon ^
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington ^
  • Washington D.C.

States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Las Vegas, Carson City, Reno and Henderson

Medical and recreational cannabis use is legal across Nevada. Regardless of where you are in Nevada, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell.

History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Nevada

Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in Nevada:

  • 1998 – Nevada approved the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act. It had to also be approved again in 2000 to become law, which it was.
  • June 2001 – Nevada officially legalized medical use
  • 2001 – possession of marijuana in small amounts (less than 1 oz) was decriminalized
  • 2016 – voters finally voted (after 2 unsuccessful bills) to legalize recreational adult use.
  • July 1 2017 – recreational cannabis sales began

Current Nevada Medical Marijuana Laws

There are some restrictions to cannabis users in NV.

Cannabis cannot be consumed in a public place, at a detention/correctional facility or while delivering cannabis to another person.

The permissible limit of THC across the state is 10 nanograms per milliliter of urine and 2 nanograms per milliliter of blood while operating motor vehicles.

Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal (even for medical card holders). Penalties range from a $400 fine, 2 days in jail, 48-96 hours community service, a $5000 fine or up to 6 years in prison, depending on which offence it is.

Operating an aircraft while under the influence is illegal.

Possession of a firearm while under the influence is illegal.

Operating a water ski, surfboard, windsail or similar device while under the influence is illegal.

To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada, get in touch with the expert team at Leafwell today or use any of these verified resources below:

Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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