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How To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada
About Cannabis in NV
Cannabis in Nevada became legal for recreational use effective January 1, 2017, having been legalized by ballot initiative in 2016. Medical marijuana use was legalized by ballot initiative in 2000, and has been available to licensed individuals in the state since shortly after that date. Nevada also licenses growers and distributors, and citizens of Nevada are banned from growing their own cannabis unless they live more than 25 miles from a licensed dispensary.
For almost three years, medical marijuana was legalized in various regions of the state of Nevada. However, recreational marijuana sales only started in specific areas of the state at the beginning of July 2017 because of a law that took effect at that time; this law renders persons that are at least 21 years old and bear valid identification legally capable of purchasing the drug in those regions for recreational purposes.
Legal possession amounts:
State law currently allows for the possession of 2.5 ounces of consumable marijuana in any 14-day period (NRS 453A.160). Twelve marijuana plants are permitted, irrespective of their maturity (NAC 453A.080). Consumable products are permitted with an equivalent content of psychoactive compounds such as THC (NRS 453A.112). The state of Nevada conducted a public workshop on February 4, 2016 in order to solidify proposed changes to NRS 453 defining serving sizes for edible products containing THC as well as clarifying language within the statute.
The following are approved conditions for legal medical use of marijuana or marijuana products:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Persistent muscle spasms or seizures
- Severe nausea or pain
- Other conditions are subject to approval
The State of Nevada maintains strict control over the use of medical marijuana in certain situations. Consumption in a public place, at a detention or correctional facility or during delivery of marijuana to another person is illegal. Being under the influence of marijuana while driving is illegal. The state maintains a permissible limit of 10 nanograms of THC per milliliter of urine and 2 nanograms per milliliter of blood when operating motor vehicles. Operating an aircraft while under the influence is illegal. Possession of a firearm, licensed or unlicensed, while under the influence is illegal.
Additionally, performing certain recreational activities while under the influence of marijuana is illegal. (For instance, operating a water ski, surfboard, windsail or similar device.)
The first dispensary to begin operations within Las Vegas, Nevada was Euphoria Wellness, which opened to patients on August 24, 2015. Since then, seven other dispensaries have opened with the Las Vegas city limits.