Medical Marijuana Program
The Division of Public Health (DPH) has implemented Title 16, Ch 49A of the Delaware Code; the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act regulates the medical use of marijuana in Delaware. The State of Delaware has issued a license for the marijuana distribution center, known as a compassion center in Delaware, to First State Compassion Center (FSCC). The First State Compassion Center (37 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE) opened in June 2015. The phone number is 302-543-2100 or you can learn more about FSCC at their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/firststatecompassioncenter) or website (http://firststatecompassion.com)
Physicians may authorize a patient to use marijuana to treat symptoms of cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV and AIDS, Hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or the physical manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder. Conditions that cause severe, debilitating pain, wasting syndrome, intractable nausea and seizures also fall under the state’s medical marijuana law.
To address Federal Justice Department concerns, the regulations for the compassion center include tight security requirements, including around-the-clock video monitoring, financial accounting controls, random inspections, and requiring that center employees verify that patients are registered with the state before selling them marijuana.
Delaware Medical Marijuana Oversight Committee
The first committee meeting is planned for October 27, 2015. This and future meetings will be posted on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar. A link to the calendar is in the "Additional Links" column on the right side of this page. Meetings, and related agenda, will be posted at least 7 days prior to the meeting date. Meeting minutes will be attached to the associated meeting posting after they are approved by the committee, which will usually happen at the following meeting.
Senate Bill 90 - Rylie’s Law
DPH is implementing Senate Bill 90. The signed legislation is available under the additional links to the right. Regulations have been written and were published in the August 2015 edition of the Register of Regulations.(http://regulations.delaware.gov/services/register.shtml)
This Act adds intractable epilepsy to the list of debilitating medical conditions for
which a physician
may supply a written certification for medical marijuana. It also allows a qualifying patient who is younger
than 18 years of age to receive only medical marijuana oil [cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil].
Only a pediatric neurologist, a pediatric gastroenterologist, a pediatric oncologist,
or a pediatric
care specialist may certify a patient 17 years old or younger for the Medical Marijuana Program.
The pediatric application is available in the links on the right of this page.
Petition to add Autism to the list of qualifying debilitating conditions
The Department of Health and Social Services is evaluating the merits of a petition
for adding Autism with aggressive and/or self-injurious behaviors to the list of debilitating conditions
as identified in
the State of Delaware Medical Marijuana Code.
The current list of qualifying conditions includes; cancer, positive status for human immunodeficiency
virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), decompensated cirrhosis (hepatitis C), amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), intractable
epilepsy; and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or the treatment of these conditions. Additionally,
the Code states a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces
one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe, debilitating pain that has not responded
to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures for more than three months or for which other
treatment options produced serious side effects; intractable nausea; seizures; or severe and persistent
muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
Any person who wishes to make written suggestions, testimony, briefs or other written materials concerning the petition must submit same to Jamie Mack by Monday October 5, 2015, at:
A public hearing will be held on Thursday August 27, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room located in the Jesse Cooper Building, 417 Federal Street, Dover, Delaware.
Applications for Registry Cards
Delaware Medical Marijuana Act Oversight Committee
Meetings, including agenda and minutes, are posted on the Public Calendar.
Laws and Regulations
Senate Bill 7 Clarifies the Medical Marijuana Act Oversight Committee and criminal background check procedures(signed 04/21/2015)
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