When was Marijuana approved in Nevada?

The Medical Use of Marijuana law was approved by the Nevada Legislature and adopted in 2001.

The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, allowing recreational use, was approved by vote in 2016 and became law January 1, 2017.

Can people use Nevada medical marijuana cards in other states?

It depends on the state, and the regulations. Currently, Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire and Rhode Island allow patients from other states to use marijuana, but generally not buy it.

Can people use medical marijuana cards from other states in Nevada?

Yes. Nevada is the only state in the country that will recognize medical marijuana cards from other states. Patients from California, Arizona and anywhere else medical marijuana is legal will be able to shop at Nevada dispensaries while visiting.

How much marijuana can each patient buy?

Patients can buy up to 1 ounce of cannabis per visit.

Who can purchase medical marijuana?

In order to purchase medical marijuana you must be a current cardholder or a caregiver.

What is the Nevada medical marijuana cardholders/caregivers program?

The Nevada Medical Marijuana Cardholders/Caregivers Program is a state registry program within the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

What is a caregiver?

A designated primary caregiver is a person who has significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a person diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating medical condition. A Caregiver does not include the attending physician. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older. Patients may only have one designated primary caregiver.

What do the medical marijuana cards look like?

The cards look very similar to our Nevada state driver’s licenses, including a photograph and hologram. Attempting to create a fake card is a felony.

Will medical marijuana be covered by insurance?

The Federal Drug Administration has to approve a drug for use before insurance companies can cover it, and that hasn’t happened with medical marijuana yet.

What type of Doctor can recommend Medical Marijuana?

Any doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy licensed by the state is eligible to recommend patients for medical marijuana cards. Some doctors may choose to specialize in treatment with medical Cannabis. But because medical marijuana remains illegal on the federal level, doctors can’t prescribe it.

Can I get fired from my job if I am a cardholder and I test positive for THC?

The Nevada Medical Marijuana Act states that employers are not required to accommodate employees who use medical marijuana. You may wish to consult an attorney about whether or not to tell your employer that you are a patient in the NMMP. A patient may contact the NMMP in writing to ask the Program to release information about the patient’s registration to an employer.

Can patients use medical marijuana anywhere?

No. Medical marijuana can’t be used in public places.

Can patients travel with medical marijuana?

You cannot travel with marijuana, even if you bought it legally. Even if that state you are travelling to has its own medical marijuana program, it doesn’t mean it protects cardholders from out of state. Because it is a federal facility, and marijuana still is considered a banned substance under federal law, it’s not allowed at the McCarran International Airport.

Can workers use medical marijuana on the job?

Nevada’s medical marijuana law does not currently provide workplace protections for patients. If company policy prohibits it, employees can be reprimanded or fired for testing positive. State legislators have discussed possible changes, such as rules that would prevent medical marijuana users from being reprimanded if the drug shows up in their system as long as they don’t show up to work impaired. Also, being considered, is the question of whether the Americans with Disabilities Act provides workplace protections for medical marijuana users with a qualifying disease or illness.

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