Who Qualifies For Medical Marijuana in Nevada?
In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in the State of Nevada you MUST have a “chronic or debilitating medical condition”.
According to Nevada Revised Statute’s (NRS453A.050) a “chronic or debilitating medical condition” means:
1.) Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
3.) Glaucoma or
4.) A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following:
a.) Cachexia means a general physical wasting and malnutrition associated with chronic disease.
b.) Persistent Muscle Spasms, including, without limitation, spasms caused by Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
c.) Seizures, including, without limitation, seizures caused by epilepsy.
d.) Severe Nausea; or
e.) Severe Pain; or
5.) Any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that is:
a.) Classified as a chronic or debilitating medical condition by regulation of the Division; or
b.) Approved as a chronic or debilitating medical condition pursuant to a PETITION submitted in accordance with NRS453A.710.
What this means, is, that if you are looking to obtain a medical marijuana recommendation in the State of Nevada for a “subjective” diagnosis (i.e. anxiety, nightmares, insomnia, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and etc.) you must first petition the State of Nevada according to NRS453A.710 in order to get a recommendation from a physician for medical marijuana.
When considering a recommendation for medical marijuana in Nevada for a “chronic or debilitating medical condition” it is best to seek out a physician who specializes in the disease and/or ailment that is consistent with your diagnosis. These specialist can prepare and provide you with the appropriate medical documentation and records according to NRS453A.170. For example:
1.) Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) -consult with an Infectious Disease Specialist or a physician who specializes in (HIV/AIDS)
2.) Cancer- Consult with an Oncologist.
3.) Glaucoma- Consult with an Ophthalmologist
4.) Seizure Disorder- Consult with a Neurologist
5.) Severe and/or Chronic Pain and Muscle Spasms- Consult with a Pain Management Specialist.
Going to a physician who practices outside the scope of their practice that is not consistent with your chronic and/or debilitating condition for a medical marijuana card puts the doctor and yourself in jeopardy of participating in The Nevada Medical Marijuana program.
NOTE: If you have any questions in regard to the required medical documentation and/or what constitutes a chronic or debilitating medical condition that qualifies you for the medical marijuana program please do not hesitate to call Patient First Wellness Center at (702) 474-6300.