Basics of the Delaware Law
Delaware passed a law to legalize medical cannabis in 2011 through passage of Senate Bill 17. The law allows qualifying patients to possess 6 ounces of marijuana. Cultivation of marijuana plants by patients or caregivers is not allowed. DE residents who wish to obtain cannabis for medical use must submit a “Delaware Medical Marijuana Patient Application” that includes a physician certification that he or she suffers from one or more qualifying medical conditions and that the patient might benefit from the use of therapeutic marijuana.
Anyone applying for a marijuana medical card must pay a nonrefundable $125 application fee. The annual renewal fee is $125. Patients may receive a reduced fee based on income eligibility. Parents must consent in writing to serve as primary caregiver for minors submitting applications for marijuana use in the state. Minors require written documentation that he or she suffers from a qualifying medical condition and the physician must be a pediatric neurologist, pediatric gastroenterologist, pediatric oncologist, or pediatric palliative care specialist.
Any patient who needs assistance with obtaining or administering therapeutic cannabis can designate a primary caregiver who must also apply.
Any patient who needs assistance with obtaining or administering cannabis can designate a primary caregiver who must also apply. Primary caregivers may provide care for up to five patients. Minor patients must have a primary caregiver. Caregivers must pay a nonrefundable $125 for initial or renewal registry identification card. You are not allowed to use marijuana medical ID cards from other states to obtain Delaware cannabis.
Qualifying Medical Conditions
In-order-to qualify as a cannabis patient in this state, a resident must suffer from one or more qualifying medical conditions. These conditions and symptoms include terminal illness, cancer, HIV or AIDS, decompensated liver cirrhosis, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), intractable seizures, autism with self-injurious or aggressive behavior, cachexia or severe weight loss, severe pain, severe nausea, and severe and persistent muscle spasms. Pediatric qualifying conditions include intractable seizures, a chronic disease with failed treatment for cachexia or severe weight loss, severe nausea, and severe muscle spasms. If you need more information about the law or licensing process visit the Delaware Medical Marijuana Program Site.