RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The State of Nevada is getting ready for dispensaries to open and sell medical marijuana. Because of this, officials are preparing to ramp up distribution of more medical marijuana cards.
If you use medical marijuana, work for a dispensary, or are a caregiver of a patient or loved one who uses medicinal pot, you will need a valid medical marijuana card. State officials are also working to make sure these cards are hard to duplicate.
To possess a valid card, you will need a prescription or recommendation from a licensed physician. You will then apply for a card through the State of Nevada Health and Human Services. Once you receive a letter of approval, you will take your letter to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The DMV is the agency that will be issuing the cards. Nevada's medical marijuana cards look similar to a driver's license or valid ID. DMV spokesman David Fierro said the cards contain the same security measures, including hard to duplicate holograms. "When you come in to have your photograph taken for your driver's license or ID card, that image is matched that evening and batched against our data base."
"Often times that's where we find someone who is puporting to be someone, is actually, someone else," Fierro added.
Because the cards are issued through the DMV, they are also linked to a database. Fierro said it is easy for law enforcement to verify the validity of the cards. "There's limited use in these things once it's run by law enforcement. It'll come back in the data base. It'll ping and come back saying that it is not a valid card."
Unlike passing a fake ID, getting caught with a fake medical marijuana card in Nevada carries much more substantial penalties. In Nevada, it's a felony.
Fierro had this warning for those who think it will be easy to get and use a fake medical marijuana card: "We will catch you and you will be prosecuted. It's really not worth it because it is a very serious crime."