There are 17 qualifying medical conditions for medical cannabis treatment for adults in Delaware. For patients under the age of 18, the state recognizes five qualifying conditions for medical marijuana access.
The Delaware Medical Marijuana Act recognizes the following as qualifying debilitating conditions for adults applying for the state’s medical cannabis card:
Qualifying conditions for minors applying for the Delaware medical marijuana card are:
Yes. Delaware’s medical marijuana law empowers the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to add new debilitating medical conditions to the state’s list of qualifying conditions. The DHSS accepts petitions for new additions, through its Office of Medical Marijuana, from residents of the state. It accepts or denies such a petition within 180 days of receiving it. Since the inception of its medical marijuana program, Delaware added autism to the list of qualifying conditions in 2018 but denied petitions for anxiety in the same year and opioid use disorder in 2019.
No. Medical providers approved to recommend medical marijuana in Delaware cannot certify patients for conditions other than the ones in the state’s list of qualifying medical conditions even if they deem such conditions as debilitating.
Yes. Obtaining a written certification from an eligible medical provider is one of the requirements for registering in Delaware’s medical marijuana program. To obtain the state’s medical marijuana card, eligible patients must submit written certifications from licensed health providers. Such health care practitioners must have bona fide care relationships with the patients they are recommending for medical marijuana use. Delaware only accepts a written certification issued by a health care practitioner licensed to practice in the state. Such a practitioner can be a:
In addition to a diagnosis of at least one of the conditions on the state’s list of qualifying medical conditions, Delaware also requires anyone applying for its medical marijuana card to be a resident of the state. While adults can apply for this card on their own, Delaware mandates minors applying for the card to get the consent of their parents/legal guardians and name them as “Responsible Parties”.