If you are in need of marijuana in Nevada, you may be looking for a way to get a Medical Marijuana card. This card marks you as a patient who uses cannabis for medical reasons and gives you certain privileges including the ability to buy more and stronger cannabis in local Nevada dispensaries. However, the methods to get a Medical Marijuana card are not always clear for those ready to take the next step.
A big part of the widespread acceptance of marijuana across the nation has been its many medical applications. Doctors and medical research have unified to defend medical marijuana. If you have a medical need, it is your right in many states -including Nevada – to secure cannabis to treat your medical condition.
At Inyo Dispensary in Las Vegas, we are dedicated to helping our medical and recreational customers get the cannabis they need to enjoy life and can help you go through the process of securing your medical marijuana card. This article will outline what you need to get your card and the steps to go through.
Nevada Medical Marijuana Eligibility
- 18 Years or Older
- Minor with an Adult Caretaker
- Legal Resident of Nevada
- Qualifying Medical Condition
In order to be eligible for a medical marijuana card in Nevada, first you need to meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Adults over the age of 18 can apply for their own medical marijuana card while minors with an adult guardian can apply.
You will also need to be a legal resident of Nevada and be diagnosed with one of the qualifying medical conditions.
Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada
- Muscle Spasms & MS
- Auto-Immune (any)
- Opioid Addiction
- Chronic Pain
- Seizures & Epilepsy
There are twelve qualifying medical conditions or symptoms that are approved for medical marijuana treatment in Nevada. These range from anxiety and nausea to multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, then you can qualify for a medical marijuana card in the state of Nevada.
However, not every state shares the same list for medical marijuana, so be sure to double-check if you are a medical cannabis patient coming from another state.
How to Apply For Your Nevada Med Card
The process to receive your Medical Marijuana card has several layers of red tape, so we’ve helpfully outlined all the steps and potential costs you will need to tackle between step one and receiving your card.
1. Receive a Qualifying Diagnosis
The first step is to receive a qualifying diagnosis for one of the medical conditions above. In some cases, you can get your diagnosis through telehealth by conveying your symptoms to a doctor in an online appointment. However, some conditions require in-person appointments and sometimes multiple tests to confirm. You will need to get a formal and documented diagnosis.
2. Have a Licensed Physician Issue a Recommendation for Medical Marijuana
Next, you will need to have a licensed physician provide a medical marijuana recommendation for your approved condition. There are several available telehealth cannabis doctors available in Nevada who will provide the recommendation for a fee.
3. Register Online or Via Paperwork for $25
Once you have your diagnosis and recommendation, go to the medical card portal and fill out an online application. Your application will be reviewed and you will be sent paperwork in the mail. Your application may cost $25.
4. Have Your Doctor Fill Out the Paperwork You Receive
When you receive the mailed documents, have your physician fill them out. This will confirm your medical marijuana recommendation and formalize it with the state of Nevada.
5. Send In the Paperwork with $50/Year Payment
Once your doctor completes the paperwork, send it back with a payment of $50 per year you would like your card. You can sign up for one year at $50 or two years for $100.
6. Receive Approval and Your Card
If your application is approved after it is completed, paid, and sent in, you will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail within a few weeks.
Benefits of Getting an NV Medical Marijuana Card
Once you get your medical marijuana card, what are the benefits beyond recreational cannabis use in the state of Nevada? Your medical card actually offers quite a few perks that will make treating a medical condition easier compared to the restrictions faced by Nevada recreational cannabis users.
Waive the 10% Cannabis Tax
In the state of Nevada, cannabis is subject to a 10% tax. However, Medical Marijuana cardholders do not have to pay this tax and can buy their cannabis at market value instead.
Higher Purchase and Possession Limits
Recreational users in Nevada are limited to buying and possessing no more than one ounce of cannabis leaf or 1/8 ounce of concentrates. Medical cannabis patients, however, can possess up to 2.5 ounces of leaf and can purchase as much every 14 days.
Buy Stronger Cannabis Products
If you are buying edibles, topicals, or tinctures, medical cannabis users can buy products with over 100mg of THC, while recreational users may only purchase products up to the 100mg limit per product.
Growing More At Home
You can also grow more cannabis provided that your home is more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary. Medical patients can grow up to 12 mature plants while Nevada residents without a Medical Marijuana card can only grow 6.
Easier Access While Traveling
Medical Marijuana patients with a valid medical card in any state also benefit from the ability to access cannabis more easily while traveling. Of the legalized states, many only permit medical cannabis. So, while you cannot take your cannabis across state lines, you can restock using your medical card in most of the states
Medical Marijuana and Recreational Cannabis at Inyo Dispensary in Las Vegas
If you have recently gotten your Medical Marijuana card or you are still purchasing as a recreational customer, you can find the cannabis you’re looking for at Inyo Dispensary in Las Vegas. Our helpful budtenders can assist you in finding soothing or uplifting strains to meet your specific cannabis needs. Contact us today or swing by the dispensary to learn more.