Frequently Asked Nevada Law Questions:
Can the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program (NMMP) refer me to a physician?
No. The NMMP does not serve as a referral source. Any Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) licensed in Nevada can recommend a patient for the program.
Where do I get the seeds or plants to start growing medical marijuana?
The NMMP is not a resource for the growing process and does not have information to give to patients. It is recommended that you talk to an attorney to learn about your rights and protections.
I do not have the money for the application fee. Is it a one-time payment? Can it be waived? Can I make installment payments? Will my insurance pay? Can I pay with my credit card?
The answer to all these questions is “no”. The fee must be paid in full with each new or renewal application. Make your check or money order payable to “Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health”. Cash payments are accepted at the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health Office, located at 4150, Suite 104 Technology Way in Carson City.
Do I have to tell my landlord that I am a patient in the NMMP? Can my landlord evict me if I am a patient in the NMMP and have my grow site in my rental housing? Can I live in subsidized housing and be a patient in the NMMP?
It is up to you to decide whether or not to tell your landlord that you are a patient in the NMMP. Nothing in NRS 453A specifically addresses whether or not you can be evicted because you are a patient in the NMMP, even if you have only the amount of medical marijuana allowed by law. Nothing in NMMP laws specifically addresses whether or not a person can be an NMMP patient and live in subsidized housing. If you have questions about these important issues, the NMMP recommends you talk to an attorney to learn about your rights and protections.
Do I have to tell the NMMP if I change my mailing address or add or remove a designated primary caregiver?
The answer to all these questions is “yes”. You are required to tell the NMMP in writing of any such changes within 30 days of the change. The NMMP does not accept changes of information over the telephone. The NMMP only accepts written changes about the patient’s address or designated primary caregiver from the registered patient. You may send your changes to the NMMP by mail, in person, or fax. You will get written confirmation from the NMMP that the change was received. Your changes will be made in our computer database and will be put in your file. You will be protected from civil and criminal penalties for these changes. If you change your caregiver, you will be asked to return your old caregiver card within 7 days..
What happens to my application once I mail it? What if I don’t send in all the required parts of my application?
The NMMP will review your application to make sure it is complete and all parts are current. If your application is complete, you will get a 30 day temporary approval letter from the NMMP. On the same day the NMMP sends you a temporary approval we will conduct a criminal background check on you (and your caregiver if applicable).
If you don’t send in all the required parts of your application, the NMMP will send you an “incomplete letter” telling you what parts of your application are missing.
Who can ingest medical marijuana?
Under NRS 453A, only a person with a qualifying debilitating medical condition who has obtained a valid Nevada Medical Marijuana Program card is excepted from criminal laws of the state for engaging in the medical use of marijuana as justified to mitigate the symptoms or effects of the person's debilitating medical condition.
Why can’t I go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana?
Pharmacies can only dispense medications “prescribed” by licensed medical practitioners. The federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which means licensed medical practitioners cannot prescribe it.
Is the Nevada Medical Marijuana Registry Card recognized by other states? Can I travel to another state with medical marijuana and my NMMP registry identification card and not be arrested or charged with civil or criminal penalties?
At this time, the NMMP is not aware of any “reciprocity” agreements with any other states to honor the Nevada law. This includes even those states that have medical marijuana laws of their own, such as Washington and California. Because Medical Marijuana programs vary by state, you may want to contact the state you are traveling to for information on their laws.
For More Information
Visit the official Division of Public Health Services - Medical Marijuana Program FAQs website.