Nevada first legalized medical marijuana in 2001. Yes, 15 years ago. And just now is Las Vegas medical cannabis starting to be sold in dispensaries.
Las Vegas medical cannabis is a step forward for patients who may benefit from using cannabis to treat their medical conditions. Many rules and regulations must be adhered to though. It is essential that anyone who uses medical marijuana understands the limits and restrictions put in place by NRS 453A.
Who can Use Las Vegas Medical Cannabis?
Anyone who has a medical marijuana card can use Las Vegas medical cannabis and purchase the medication from a licensed dispensary. In order to be approved for this card it is necessary to fill out an application packet that includes a signed certification form from a physician, either an MD or DO, who must be registered with the state of Nevada and currently in good standing.
In order to be approved for a Nevada medical marijuana card, a name based background check will be performed on the applicant, and/or the parent or caregiver if applicable.
From our article, A Step by Step Guide to get a Nevada Medical Marijuana Card. Click here to read the complete article.
What Medical Conditions Qualify for Medical Cannabis in Las Vegas?
There are a number of medical conditions that qualify a patient to use Las Vegas medical cannabis. These conditions include:
- Severe pain
- Severe nausea
- Persistent muscle spasms, and diseases like multiple sclerosis that can cause muscle spasms
- Seizures, and diseases including epilepsy that can cause seizures
- Wasting disease, also called Cachexia
- Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
- Any condition that is chronic and debilitating according to the Division regulation
- Any condition classified as a chronic or debilitating condition after the medical cannabis application has been received by DHSS.
Where can Medical Marijuana be Used in Las Vegas?
The guidelines for Las Vegas medical cannabis include restrictions on where this drug can be used. It is illegal to use medical marijuana in public places. This means that you cannot light up in any place that is considered public. The medical cannabis laws will not provide legal protection if you use cannabis in any place that is considered a public space.
What is the Purchase and Possession Limits for Medical Cannabis?
Under the law, Las Vegas medical cannabis patients are allowed to purchase 2.5 ounces of marijuana for medical purposes during a two-week period, and possess this amount at home. Edibles, oils, and other products infused with cannabis can be purchased in an amount that is produced using 2.5 ounces of cannabis. Patient purchases are tracked in real time to ensure that these limits are being followed.
Caregivers and Medical Cannabis
Under Nevada law, each medical cannabis patient may only designate one caregiver. If you choose to have a caregiver, then your caregiver may grow, possess, or purchase medical cannabis on your behalf. The caregiver cannot be financially compensated, and a caregiver cannot be designated for more than one patient.
Reciprocity with Other States
Out of state medical marijuana patients can legally purchase and use Las Vegas medical cannabis as long as the patient has a medical card from their home state. The reciprocity agreement also allows registered medical cannabis users in Nevada to purchase and use the drug in other states that recognize medical marijuana and also have a reciprocity agreement with Nevada.
Restrictions on Medical Cannabis Use
Medical cannabis users in Nevada are not allowed to use this drug and then drive, operate a boat, or operate an aircraft while under the influence. Users are also not allowed to have a firearm in public while they are under the influence, or use the drug in public view or in any place that is considered a public space.
Always consult with an attorney to verify any city, state, or federal laws regarding medical marijuana.