The use of marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in 20 different states, including Nevada. AIDS, cachexia, cancer, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), persistent muscular spasms or seizures, severe nausea or pain, and other illnesses may be addressed by the program. A registry card is only valid for one year and would be renewed unless the holder moves out of state or loses his or her qualifying status. A person who is licensed on a registry card may possess up to two and one-half ounces of usable marijuana in any one 14-day period, as long as he or she does so without exceeding the legal limit. According to Nevada Revised Statute 453A.200, such a person could legally own up to 12 marijuana plants at any time if they were not yet mature.
If a card has been granted, the individual is limited to that amount. According to state law, doing so may result in criminal charges and having a medical marijuana card are not an acceptable defense against such allegations. The holder of the card might choose a designated primary caregiver. A caregiver who is not a qualifying patient would be able to legally assist the cardholder in administering medical marijuana. If the caretaker is sick or lacks transportation, they might be allowed to travel to a dispensary for the cardholder.
Even if a person has a medical marijuana card and uses marijuana for medicinal purposes, he or she may be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana. If someone with a medical marijuana card is in actual physical control of a car or vessel while under the influence of marijuana, he or she is not considered exempt from state prosecution according to Nevada Revised Statute 453A.300
Driving under the influence is a very serious crime in Nevada that may result in DUI charges
. The person would have been intoxicated by alcohol, just as if he or she had been charged with this offense. If no aggravating factors are present, a first or second offense might be classified as a misdemeanor. Third-time offenders
may be charged with felony penalties.