Who qualifies for medical marijuana?
Conditions approved by Nevada include AIDS/HIV, cancer, glaucoma, PTSD, cachexia (physical wasting or malnutrition from a chronic disease), muscle spasms (from a condition like multiple sclerosis), seizures, severe nausea, and the one most people use: severe pain.
"There are 23 states that have medical marijuana use... and the most commonly cited condition is severe pain," says Jolley. "That would cover things like headaches, backaches, or a whole host of other physical conditions."
If that doesn't cover enough ground, Nevada also gives consideration to "additional conditions" that are recommended by a doctor and subject to approval by state health officials.
Cherry says users shouldn't feel stigmatized. She had to give up her hairdressing job because her MS was so bad. Prescription pills left her in a hazy cloud more than marijuana did. After switching to cannabis, she's been able to move from a wheelchair to a walker and then eventually her own two feet with the help of a cane. She now has a new job and is able to manage the pain.
"This isn't a Cheech & Chong movie. This is for real," she laughs. "Cannabis works on my pain, works on my tremors and spasms, and has kept me out of the hospital on a few occasions when I'm about to have an attack. I was told I would never walk again, and I am walking now."
For the record, the dispensary won't know about your health condition unless you choose to share that information.