How Do I Get a Nebraska Medical Marijuana Card?
Get a Nebraska Medical Marijuana Consultation
Step one in obtaining MMJ in Nebraska would be to have a consultation with a licensed medical professional. According to one of the many legalization bills, a doctor, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or osteopathic physician licensed under the state’s Uniform Credentialing Act would be permitted to certify a medical marijuana patient. MMJCardOnline helps new applicants get connected with the best medical marijuana doctors in their area, with a 100% online telemedicine service. Get started with the process by registering today and filling out the submission form at the top of this page.
Register With the State's Program
Once you have completed your online MMJ consultation, your doctor will submit your info for state approval. In most states, once an application is approved, you will receive an MMJ card in the mail or via email.
Complete Your Application
It is unclear on the precise steps involved in completing a medical marijuana application in Nebraska, as there is no active MMJ program in place. However, the state would likely create a Medical Marijuana Commission responsible for reviewing patient applications. MMJCardOnline will continue to closely monitor the medical cannabis situation in Nebraska, and will update this information as soon as new legislation is passed.
How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Nebraska
- Check the list of qualifying conditions in your state to see if you’re eligible
- Find a marijuana-friendly medical professional and schedule an appointment
- Discuss your use of MMJ during the consultation and explain why you think it could prove helpful
- If approved, you’ll receive written certification from the physician
- Complete your application and send it online or via mail
- The state will send you an MMJ card if it approves your application; some states may send a digital card or a temporary one to your email address
- Once you have your medical marijuana card, you can legally buy and possess cannabis within your state
*At present, the above process does not apply to Nebraskans, as the state has yet to legalize medical marijuana
Nebraska Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions
The medical marijuana proposals submitted by lawmakers generally follow the rules of other states. This means that to get an MMJ card in Nebraska, you must be:
- A resident of Nebraska
- Aged 18+
- Have one of the qualifying medical conditions
Patient Qualifying Conditions
It is impossible to clarify the qualifying conditions unless the state legalizes medical marijuana. However, the following would probably be considered eligible conditions:
- Terminal illness
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
Hopefully, the Nebraska lawmakers in favor of MMJ can push legislation through to ensure medical marijuana becomes legalized in the state. Below, we provide more information on what a medical marijuana program would look like in NE.
Medical Marijuana Card Renewal in Nebraska
There is no concrete information on what the MMJ card renewal process would look like in Nebraska. However, at least one of the proposed bills states that a medical professional’s certification would be valid for two years rather than one, as is standard in other states.
The available information suggests that MMJ patients in Nebraska would be allowed to have a caregiver aged 21+. The patient would have to designate this individual in a signed affidavit.
A Brief History of Cannabis in Nebraska
Nebraska prohibited marijuana in 1927, and the substance has remained illegal ever since. However, in 1969, the state reduced cannabis possession penalties and decriminalized the substance in the late 1970s.
Various attempts to implement an MMJ program have failed. These include the 2015 Cannabis Compassion and Care Act and a medical cannabis ballot measure in 2020, which the Nebraska Supreme Court invalidated for containing more than one question.
Recent efforts to bring medical marijuana to Nebraska include the Patient Protection Act, the Medical Cannabis Regulation Act and LB588. The latter bill is the most recent and was considered by the Judiciary Committee in February 2023. It will be interesting to see whether it progresses much further.
Nebraska Medical Marijuana Laws and Rules
While marijuana remains illegal in NE, the state doesn’t imprison people for possessing small amounts. If caught with less than an ounce, you will pay a maximum fine of $300 but face no jail time. That changes with a second offense which is a misdemeanor, carrying up to five days in prison. You could spend three months in jail if caught with more than an ounce.
Nebraska is significantly stricter when it comes to the illegal sale and cultivation of marijuana, however. It is a felony to sell or grow any amount, with a mandatory minimum prison sentence of a year, rising to a maximum of 20 years.
Therefore, Nebraskan residents are only legally permitted to access CBD oil derived from hemp with a maximum THC content of 0.3%.
What Types of Cannabis Products Can I Purchase in NE?
It seems possible that MMJ patients in Nebraska would be permitted to purchase flower, topicals, tinctures, edibles, and concentrates. However, LB588, introduced by Senator Anna Wishart in 2023, does not allow the smoking or vaporization of medical marijuana.
How Much Cannabis Can I Buy & Possess?
Different bills propose allowing varying amounts. Some bills suggest permitting MMJ patients to buy and possess up to five ounces. LB588, on the other hand, sets the limit at 2.5 ounces unless a medical professional suggests otherwise. The maximum THC limit on cannabis-infused products is set at 2,000mg.
Where Can I LEGALLY Purchase MMJ in Nebraska?
We won’t know more about the number of licensed dispensaries that will sell marijuana unless an MMJ program is created.
Can I Take My MMJ to a Different State?
No. As marijuana remains a federally prohibited substance, it is illegal to transport it across state lines. It is unknown whether Nebraska would accept out-of-state MMJ cards.
Can I Cultivate Medical Marijuana in Nebraska?
It is very unlikely that any MMJ program in Nebraska would allow marijuana cultivation.
FAQ About Getting an MMJ Card in Nebraska
This information won’t be available unless the state implements a medical marijuana program. In most states with MMJ programs, the Department of Health may take 7 to 30 days to process an application and send an approved patient their medical marijuana card.
In every state where our providers offer services, customers get a full refund if they don’t receive written certification from the doctor. This will likely remain true if and when medical marijuana comes to Nebraska.
Based solely on the cost of other MMJ programs, the application fee would likely be in the $50 to $100 range. You can expect to pay at least $150 for the doctor’s consultation, usually more.
Any medical marijuana program created in NE would probably allow minors to apply with the permission of a parent or legal guardian.