The process to become a medical marijuana patient in the state of Nevada has gone through a few adjustments. Nothing major, but enough to make the process easier and less expensive for the average Nevada medical marijuana patient. Becoming a medical marijuana patient in the state of Nevada still involves doctors and state documents, but no more standing in long lines at the DMV, and that is something we can all look forward to. Read on to learn how to become a medical marijuana patient in Nevada.
Steps to Become a Nevada Medical Marijuana Patient
1. Have a qualifying debilitating and/or chronic condition
o Aids o Cancer o Glaucoma o PTSD o Cachexia o Persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis) o Seizures (including epilepsy) o Severe nausea o Severe pain o Additional condition specifically approved by the Department of Health and Human Services
Surprisingly, there is no age limit as long as a “minor release” form is signed during the application process and a designated primary caregiver is established.
Surprisingly, there is no age limit to be a medical marijuana patient in Nevada as long as you submit a signed “minor release” form during the application process and designate your primary caregiver.
2. Apply for your medical marijuana card through the State of Nevada
Once you determine that you have one of the above listed debilitating conditions and decided you want to become a medical marijuana patient in Nevada, the next step is to obtain and fill out your application form. Applying for a medical marijuana card in Nevada got much easier in 2016. Instead of sending a written request to the Nevada State Health Division, residents can use the MMP’s online Registry to apply for and renew medical marijuana cards.
If you cannot create a new account through the above link, head to the Registry homepage, select “medical marijuana” in the quick links, and click “Medical Marijuana Patient Card Holder Registry” to get started. During this process, you will be asked to download and print the application to fill out before scanning it back.
*Note: The online patient registry went down temporarily at the beginning of 2017. Once it is restored, residents can continue to apply for and renew medical marijuana applications through the process listed above. However, while the registry remains down, residents can apply for their medical marijuana card through the old procedure by sending a written request (by email, fax or mail) to the state department.
– The address where the application should be mailed.
– If you are a caregiver, include a request for the caregiver packet.
– If you are requesting the packet for someone other than you, include that person’s name and address.
– If you are requesting an application for a minor, include a request from minor release.
*Note: Keep in mind that you cannot obtain a Nevada medical marijuana card if you have a commercial driver’s license.
3. Complete the medical marijuana application
Once you’ve requested a medical marijuana application, the next step is to complete all pages in the application. Next, scan and upload your driver’s license and the completed application package. To complete the application, you will need a doctor’s recommendation and to sign the waiver form in the presence of a Notary Public.
4. Find a Doctor
Your medical marijuana application will not be complete without the recommendation of a physician licensed under NRS 630 or NRS 633. You will need the doctor’s confirmation of your debilitating condition (so don’t forget to bring your medical records with you to the doctor’s appointment) and recommendation that medical marijuana will help relieve that condition.
Doctors will typically charge a fee for this type of service, but prices vary from doctor to doctor. If you are having trouble finding a doctor to recommend your medical marijuana card, visit PrestoDoctor to get your medical marijuana card recommendation online by a licensed physician. Same day appointments are available.
5. Send medical marijuana application to the Division of Health
When all pages of the online or paper application are complete and you have a medical marijuana recommendation from a licensed doctor, applicants can scan and upload the documents to the MMP registry portal or by the mailing address listed above.
If you submit your application for a medical marijuana card online, your letter of approval may arrive as soon as 24 hours later.
*Note: Before you submit or send off the completed medical marijuana application, make a copy for your own records.
6. Obtain your medical marijuana card
Once you are approved by the Nevada State Health Division, there is just one last step before you can step foot inside a Nevada medical marijuana dispensary: get your medical marijuana card.
Patients used to be required to go to the DMV and pay a fee to obtain their medical marijuana card, but the state now sends cards through the mail so patients do not have to wait in long lines (which may be harmful for some patients with certain medical conditions).
While waiting for your medical marijuana card to arrive in the mail, you can print out and use the “letter for use” document as your temporary medical marijuana card. This temporary document will get you access to legally buy medical marijuana from a Nevada medical marijuana dispensary such as Las Vegas ReLeaf.
Other important information to consider once you get your medical marijuana card:
– Nevada law will not protect you from using medical marijuana while driving or operating a boat.
– The list of medical marijuana patients is confidential and not subject to subpoena, discovery or inspection by the general public.
– Nevada law states that correctional facilities, county jails, state prisons, and juvenile detention centers do not have to accommodate a medical marijuana patient.
– Nevada does not require employers to accommodate medical marijuana patients.
– Nevada law does not require insurance carriers to reimburse patients for the cost of their medicine.
– Nevada law allows out-of-state patients with a medical marijuana card to access medical marijuana legally from a Nevada medical marijuana dispensary.
While getting your medical marijuana card may seem like a daunting process that costs a lot of money over the years, the truth remains that gaining access to legal medical marijuana that is quality controlled and lab tested, and is sold at premier Nevada marijuana dispensaries, like Las Vegas ReLeaf, is worth it.
If you suffer from a debilitating condition, you shouldn’t have to play an illegal game to receive access to the medical cannabis you need in Nevada. Getting a legal medical marijuana card will be a huge “releaf” at the end of the day.
To learn more about how to become a Nevada or out-of-state medical marijuana patients, visit our How to Become a Patient Page and follow the buttons to find the information you need to know.
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