The use of medical marijuana became legal in Nevada in 2001, and state-certified medical marijuana establishments, like dispensaries, became operational in 2015. 

Patients meeting certain criteria can apply for a Nevada medical marijuana card. The medical marijuana card allows the patient to legally purchase marijuana from a state-certified medical marijuana dispensary.

The legalization of retail marijuana does not change the medical marijuana program.



    As of July 1, 2017, the medical marijuana program is administered by the Department of Taxation. Prior to that, it was administered by the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, within the Department of Health and Human Services.

    The Division of Public and Behavioral Health administers the Medical Marijuana Patient Cardholder Registry 



      The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program is governed by Nevada Revised Statute 453A and Nevada Administrative Code 453A.