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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada (and Why It’s Still Worth It)

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As of November 11, 2022, 37 states have legalized medical cannabis. The 2022 midterms brought the number of recreationally legal states to 21, plus Washington DC. 

When cannabis is fully legalized in a state, many patients fail to renew their med card, but this means missing out on a lot of serious benefits.

Is Recreational Cannabis Available in Nevada?

Cannabis is legal for recreational use in Nevada. Adult use sales started on July 1, 2017. Despite legalization, thousands of Nevadans remain enrolled in the medical marijuana program.

Nevadans don't just remain in the program for tax savings. Many cite access to a wider variety of products and higher purchase limits as their motivation for remaining in the program.

It's easier than ever to join (or rejoin) Nevada's MMJ program, especially with NuggMD bringing state-licensed medical practitioners right to patients' homes via their state-of-the-art video telemedicine platform.

6 Benefits of Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada

In the case of Nevada, the benefits of a medical marijuana card are significant.

Save money on taxes

Medical marijuana patients are exempt from the 10% excise tax that adult-use consumers pay. This equals significant savings for anyone who spends more than $100 per month on cannabis.

For example, it costs just $79 to get a one-year recommendation with NuggMD. The state registration fee is just $50 per year. This totals $129, or just $10.75 per month. An ounce of cannabis costs roughly $270 in the state. The tax for this would be $27. So a patient who purchases an ounce of cannabis a month, or even only half an ounce, saves substantially more than the card costs them.

In fact, the card pays for itself after purchasing just $107.50 in products per month.

Higher purchase limits

Medical marijuana patients can purchase two and a half times as much cannabis and products at a time in Nevada as adult-use consumers can. Adult recreational users can purchase up to one ounce daily, but a medical user can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis or 10,000 mg of THC-infused products every 14 days.

Many dispensaries limit medical purchases to one ounce at a time but can override this limit for a patient who wishes to purchase all of their allotment at once.

This means fewer trips to the dispensary, saving money and time!

Higher possession limits

Along with higher purchase limits, medical marijuana patients can possess two and a half times as much cannabis in public. This gives greater flexibility when traveling within the state (never take your cannabis across state lines), resulting in fewer dispensary trips and less time spent acquiring your medicine.

Cultivate special strains

Any patient or recreational user living more than 25 miles from a dispensary can cultivate their own plants. Adult users can cultivate up to six plants per adult and no more than 12 mature plants per residence. Medical users can cultivate up to 12 mature plants.

Most patients and adult users live within 25 miles of a dispensary, so cultivation isn't allowed in most cases. However, if a patient can't find a special type of cannabis or strain that they need, they can cultivate up to 12 mature plants, even if they do live near a dispensary.

Make sure to check local zoning laws before beginning any personal cultivation.

Purchase more potent products

Adult-use products are limited to 100mg THC per package, but medical products aren't subject to that limit. So, not only can they purchase more cannabis at a time, but they can also purchase more potent cannabis products.

Easier access to cannabis when traveling

Nearly half the country has legalized recreational cannabis. This makes traveling much less complicated for medical marijuana patients. However, many states are still medical only, presenting a problem for traveling patients if they can't participate in a state's program.

Many states offer medical marijuana reciprocity to make traveling easier for medical marijuana patients. Each state has a different set of rules, so patients must check the medical marijuana reciprocity rules for the state they are traveling to and plan ahead.

As you can see, there are many benefits to getting a medical marijuana card in Nevada that make it well worth it!

Who Qualifies for Medical Cannabis in Nevada?

Before you contact a medical marijuana doctor in Nevada, you can save time and hassle by making sure you qualify for the state's program. Medical marijuana patients in Nevada must be:

- at least 18 years old or a minor with an adult caregiver,

- a legal resident of Nevada with proof of residency, and

- have a qualifying condition.

Patients must be diagnosed by a state-licensed doctor. It will help to bring medical records and a detailed patient history to the evaluation. Evaluations must be repeated every one or two years, depending on whether the patient chooses a one or two-year card from the state.

How Does a Medical Marijuana Card Work Given Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Rules?

To use your med card in Nevada, simply show your Nevada-issued ID or passport along with your med card. The dispensary will check the state's tracking system to ensure you're within your 14-day purchase limit and fill your order.

Dispensaries often cap purchases at one ounce, but patients who wish to purchase more of their allowance at a time can ask the budtender or manager to override the limit or complete the purchase as two separate transactions.

Patients can shop at any dispensary they choose and have a much larger selection of products than is available to recreational consumers.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada

Getting a medical marijuana card in Nevada isn't complicated. It's a very straightforward process that services like NuggMD are making easier than ever.

Step 1. Find a Nevada-licensed medical cannabis doctor.

You'll need a state-licensed physician to issue your medical marijuana recommendation. You can search for cannabis-friendly physicians in your area or make the process even easier by getting a telemedicine evaluation with a platform like NuggMD.

Step 2. See the doctor for an evaluation online or in person.

You can see your physician in person or receive your evaluation online if you don't feel like fighting traffic or waiting in crowded, non-private waiting rooms. Get the most out of your evaluation by bringing thorough medical records, including your most recent medical tests.

Step 3. Register with the state.

The registration paperwork takes about half an hour to complete in Nevada. You can register online or via mail. It's fastest to complete the process online. The Nevada MMJ registration fee is $50 for one year and $100 for two years.

Step 4. Receive your state certification.

The state will make a temporary registration available for printing as soon as you're approved for the Nevada medical marijuana program. Patients will need to check with the portal to see if the temporary registration has been issued, as the state won't send a notification when it's ready. Patients can use this temporary card for up to 60 days while waiting for their permanent card to arrive in the mail.

When patients have questions, it's usually about the evaluation process. Luckily, services like NuggMD make getting your medical marijuana card in Nevada easier than ever.

Let's see how.

How to Get Your Nevada Medical Marijuana Evaluation with NuggMD

Getting your MMJ recommendation with NuggMD is fast, easy, and can be completed entirely from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Step 1. Visit NuggMD

Go to Nuggmd.com/Nevada and create a free account. This process typically takes one minute or less.

Step 2. Complete the Pre-Evaluation Forms

It takes less than 5 minutes to request an evaluation with NuggMD. All you need is your name, age, address, details of your medical history, and your preferred payment option.

Step 3. Relax in the Virtual Waiting Room

The next available state-certified physician will start your evaluation as soon as they've had a chance to review your chart. The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Once approved, you'll receive an email with your recommendation and a detailed walk-through for completing your state registration.

Most patients receive their approval from the state within a couple of days.

Nevada Medical Marijuana Renewal Process

You must renew your Nevada medical marijuana card before it expires. It's recommended to start the renewal process at least a month before your card expires to ensure that there is no interruption of coverage due to unanticipated delays.

You can see any physician you choose for your renewal evaluation. To change doctors, be sure to obtain your complete medical records and be prepared to discuss your condition in detail.

NuggMD sends an email reminder to their patients when it's time to renew, ensuring you have the opportunity to renew before your med card expires. Their customer service is available daily from 8 AM to 10 PM, including weekends and most holidays.

Why Get Your Med Card with NuggMD?

Nevada patients pay only $79 for a one-year evaluation and $99 for a two-year certification with NuggMD. Compare this to as much as $199 for other services or even more if you’re seeing the physician in person.

NuggMD's industry-leading telemedicine platform connects patients and their physicians during a one-on-one, real-time conversation. Their doctors are fully-licensed in the state for which they provide evaluations and have received all state-required certifications and training. They love to answer questions and are dedicated to ensuring that patients are well-armed with what they need most – information about how cannabis fits into their treatment plans.

About NuggMD

NuggMD is the nation's leading medical marijuana technology platform, serving patients in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. They have connected over 1 million patients face-to-face with their new medical marijuana doctors via their state-of-the-art telemedicine platform. NuggMD believes that every person should have the right to access medical cannabis for their qualifying conditions. They are fully committed to helping each patient explore all treatment options for their health and well-being. For further information, visit NuggMD.com/Nevada.


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