Wednesday June 17, 2015
Marijuana can ease the symptoms of a host of debilitating illnesses from epilepsy to depression. While recreational marijuana use is still illegal in Nevada, pending a 2016 referendum, residents with health issues may be eligible for a medical marijuana card. If you think the drug could relieve the symptoms of your chronic illness, follow this advice to obtain the card and use it correctly.
What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Treatment in Nevada?
Medical marijuana is recognized as a valid treatment for a range of chronic health complaints in Nevada. If you have one of the following chronic conditions, you may qualify for a medical marijuana card:
All forms of cancer
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Persistent muscle spasms, including those caused by Multiple Sclerosis
Seizures, including those caused by epilepsy
If you feel medical marijuana would help your chronic condition but it's not on this list, it's still worth putting in an application. The Department of Health and Human Services will approve a medical marijuana card for additional conditions as it sees fit.
Are There Any Other Criteria?
You must be a full-time Nevada resident to qualify for one of the state's medical marijuana card. You must also be in the care of a physician licensed in Nevada, who must inform you about the benefits and risks of consuming the drug. Your physician needs to provide written documentation that states that marijuana could alleviate your chronic symptoms.
You'll also need to agree to have your name and details added to state records. This step provides protection from prosecution for your possession and consumption of marijuana. If you do not give your consent, you may be prosecuted by police, but you could mount a medical necessity defense when you appear in court. While you may value your privacy, it's much easier to agree to become part of the Nevada registry.
How Do I Get the Card?
If you feel that you qualify for a medical marijuana card, you should first meet with your doctor to receive a formal diagnosis for your chronic health condition. Then you'll need to lodge an application with Nevada's Department of Human Health and Services. This includes submitting paperwork and paying fees to the State of Nevada.
Once your application has been assessed, you will be notified of its status by the Department of Human Health and Services. If your application is successful, you will be told you're part of the state's medical marijuana registry.
A trip to your local Department of Motor Vehicle office is the final step of the process. Here you'll obtain the medical marijuana card, which entitles you to legally buy marijuana.
Where Can I Buy Marijuana?
Your medical marijuana card legally allows you to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries in Nevada and other states with medical marijuana reciprocity: Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Montana, and Rhode Island. Medical marijuana reciprocity means that the state recognizes other state's medical marijuana cards, much like you can drive on any state's roads using your home state-issued driver's license. It's important to note though that the state must recognize marijuana as a treatment for your specific condition for reciprocity laws to apply.
How Much Marijuana Can I Buy?
Your Nevada medical marijuana card allows you to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period. You must also have no more than this amount on your person at any time. You can purchase the marijuana in any form you like, including cookies and other marijuana-laced baked goods, candies, marijuana pills, or smoking dried buds.
Can I Grow My Own?
Your medical marijuana card entitles you to grow up to seven marijuana plants on your property, or the property of your primary caregiver where applicable. This crop should be comprised of no more than three mature marijuana plants and four immature ones.
Are There Any Usage Restrictions?
Nevada has a number of restrictions in place to ensure the safety of medical marijuana cardholders and the wider community. You must use your marijuana discreetly. It's against state law for cardholders to use medical marijuana in public, or publicly display drug-related paraphernalia. You must not drive or operate another vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. The marijuana you buy is also intended for your personal consumption. Note that it's illegal to give marijuana to anyone who doesn't hold a medical marijuana registration card.
Follow these steps carefully for the best chance of obtaining a medical marijuana card in Nevada and using it correctly.