Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Program

The use of medical marijuana was legalized in Nevada in 2000 through a voter approved ballot initiative known as Question 9 – the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act. Under the Act, an individual may purchase medical marijuana if their doctor certifies that they are suffering from a “chronic or debilitating medical condition”. Cannabis can be purchased from Medical Marijuana Establishments (MME), dispensaries, cultivation facilities, facilities that produce edible marijuana or marijuana infused products, and independent testing laboratories.

Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Patient Cardholder Registry

In order to purchase medical marijuana, patients with qualifying medical conditions must be registered with the statewide Medical Marijuana Patient Cardholder Registry. Additionally, cardholders and their caregivers are only permitted to purchase medical cannabis from registered marijuana dispensaries unless certain extenuating circumstances arise.

Rules Governing Facilities Participating in Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Program

Like the many other states across the nation that have approved and established medical marijuana programs, Nevada’s regulatory structure is relatively new and continues to change and evolve. This shifting regulatory landscape creates significant challenges for entities seeking to open medical marijuana businesses.

Greenspoon Marder is nationally recognized law firm dedicated to helping businesses succeed in this highly regulated and emerging economic sector. Whether you are looking to open a medical marijuana establishment, investment in a cannabis-related business venture or are looking to expand your existing operations, our attorneys can help you obtain the necessary licenses and approvals at both the state and local levels, and work with you to ensure that you are following all applicable medical marijuana laws and regulations.