Regulatory Framework

The primary agency responsible for regulating and licensing both the adult-use and medical-use cannabis industry in Nevada is the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) [1]. The CCB handles licensing, inspections, compliance, and enforcement [1] of all licensed businesses.

Legal Status

Market Status Statute Year
Medical Legal Nevada Medical Marijuana Act (Question 9) 1998 [17] and 2000 [18]
Adult-Use Legal Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (Question 2) 2016 [19]
Homegrow Legal [13] Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (Question 2) 2016 [19]


METRC, LLC was awarded the contract to be the track-and-trace system for both adult-use and medical-use cannabis by the CCB [3].


The CCB offers various licenses for different business activities in the cannabis industry. Some examples include [20]:

License Type Description
Cultivator Authorizes facilities to grow cannabis plants.
Processor Authorizes facilities to process cannabis into concentrates, edibles, and other products.
Testing Laboratory Authorizes facilities to test cannabis products for potency and safety.
Dispensary Issued to retail establishments to sell cannabis products to patients and adult consumers (when available).
Caregiver Issued to individuals 21 and over who assist registered medical marijuana patients with obtaining and using cannabis.

Possession Limits

Item Possession Limit
Usable Cannabis Flower Up to 2.5 ounces
Concentrated Cannabis Up to 1/4 ounce of concentrate (resin separated from cannabis)

This is the equivalency chart for THC in other products from the "Possession & Consumption" section of the CCB website: [13]

For this much flower... ...this much THC in other products is within limits
Usable Cannabis Usable Cannabis Usable Cannabis THC Products THC Products (new limits)
ounces (oz) - fraction ounces (oz) grams (g) milligrams (mg) milligrams (mg)
0 0.00 0.00 3543 7087
1/8 0.13 3.54 3101 6733
1/4 0.25 7.09 2658 6379
1/2 0.50 14.18 1771 5670
1 1.00 28.35 0 4255
1 1/2 1.50 42.53 2839
2 2.00 56.70 1423
2 1/2 2.50 70.88 0

Medical Cannabis

Patients can register for the medical marijuana program through the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) Medical Marijuana Patient Cardholder Registry if they are Nevada residents with a qualifying medical condition certified by a state-licensed physician [6].

Per NRS 678C.810 [4], petitions to include more conditions must be submitted to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health of the Department of Health and Human Services. [21] As of 2024, qualifying conditions include: [21]

  • An anxiety disorder;
  • An autism spectrum disorder;
  • An autoimmune disease;
  • Anorexia nervosa;
  • Cancer;
  • Dependence upon or addiction to opioids;
  • Glaucoma;
  • A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following:
    • Cachexia
    • Muscle spasms, including, without limitation, spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
    • Seizures, including, without limitation, seizures caused by epilepsy
    • Nausea
    • Severe or chronic pain
  • The human immunodeficiency virus and any medical condition related to the human immunodeficiency virus;
  • A neuropathic condition, whether or not such condition causes seizures; or
  • Any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that is: - Classified as a chronic or debilitating medical condition by regulation of the Division; or - Approved as a chronic or debilitating medical condition pursuant to a petition submitted in accordance with NRS 678C.810. [21]

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