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Qualifying Conditions to Get a Medical Card in Nevada (2024)

Nevada’s medical cannabis program provides an alternative treatment pathway for residents suffering from specific medical conditions, recognizing the therapeutic potential of cannabis. This program, designed with patient care in mind, offers those with qualifying conditions the ability to legally access medical cannabis. Understanding these conditions and the eligibility requirements is the first step for Nevada residents considering medical cannabis as part of their treatment plan. 

Who Qualifies for a Nevada Medical Card?

To qualify for a Nevada medical card, applicants must fulfill several criteria. They must be Nevada residents, evident through a state-issued identification card or driver's license. The minimum age for application is 18 years, though minors are eligible with the consent and application made by a legal guardian or parent.  Additionally, applicants must have one of the state-specified qualifying medical conditions diagnosed by a licensed medical professional.

What Medical Conditions Qualify You for a Medical Card in Nevada?

Nevada has identified a list of qualifying conditions for which medical cannabis may offer relief: 


AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which damages the immune system, hindering the body's ability to fight infections.


Cancer involves the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body, potentially invading or spreading to other parts of the body.


Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions leading to optic nerve damage, often associated with elevated pressure in the eye, which can lead to vision loss.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.


Cachexia, also known as wasting syndrome, is marked by severe weight loss and muscle wasting, often seen in patients with serious illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, and multiple sclerosis.

Severe Pain 

Severe pain refers to pain that is intense and long-lasting and can be resistant to traditional forms of pain management.

Severe Nausea 

Severe nausea can result from various conditions, including cancer treatments like chemotherapy.

Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy 

Seizures are sudden, uncontrolled disturbances in brain activity that can cause changes in behavior, movements, or feelings, and levels of consciousness. Epilepsy is a disorder where brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures.

Persistent Muscle Spasms 

Persistent muscle spasms can occur in conditions like multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and cerebral palsy. These spasms can be painful and limit mobility.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, leading to a range of symptoms including severe fatigue, mobility problems, and muscle spasms.

Additional Conditions 

Nevada’s medical marijuana program includes a provision that allows for conditions not specifically listed, provided a physician deems that the patient could benefit from the therapeutic use of cannabis. This allows flexibility in the program, ensuring that patients with various debilitating conditions can potentially find relief through medical marijuana. 

For individuals with any of the conditions listed above or others that may qualify under Nevada law, consulting with a healthcare provider knowledgeable about medical cannabis is crucial. They can provide guidance on whether medical marijuana is a suitable treatment option and assist with the certification process, ensuring compliance with Nevada's medical marijuana regulations. 

What are the Required Documents for a Nevada Medical Card? 

To obtain a Nevada medical cannabis card, the following documents are necessary: 

  • Proof of Nevada Residency: Such as a current Nevada ID or driver's license. 
  • Medical Documentation: From a licensed physician, confirming the qualifying condition. 
  • Application Fee: The fee for a one-year card is $50, and for a two-year card, it is $100. 

What's Next After Qualifying for a Nevada Medical Card? 

Once eligibility is confirmed, follow these steps to secure a Nevada medical card: 

  • Physician Consultation: Obtain a signed physician’s statement for your qualifying condition. 
  • Submit Documents and Fee: Forward your application, physician’s statement, proof of residency, and the application fee. 
  • Receive Your Card: After review and approval, you will receive your Nevada medical cannabis card, granting legal access to dispensaries. 

Need Additional Assistance with Your Nevada Medical Card? 

If you're navigating the process of obtaining your Nevada medical card and find yourself in need of further assistance or information, you can check out the official Nevada Medical marijuana Program website. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Nevada's Qualifying Conditions

Looking to learn more? Dive into some common questions others have asked when getting their medical card in Nevada.