To learn more about the program, visit Delaware Health and Social Services’ Medical Marijuana Program page.
What medical conditions are covered by Delaware’s medical marijuana program?
Patients are eligible to receive medical marijuana to treat symptoms of the following conditions:
- Multiple sclerosis
- HIV and AIDS
- Decompensated cirrhosis
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- Autism with aggressive or self-injurious behavior
- Intractable epilepsy
- Physical manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder
Patients can also qualify for 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 measure for more than three months, or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects.
- Intractable nausea
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis
Are patients permitted to cultivate medical marijuana?
Delaware’s medical marijuana program does not permit home cultivation.
How much medical marijuana is a registered patient permitted to possess?
Approved patients may purchase up to 3 ounces every 14 days from a registered dispensary and may possess no more than 6 ounces of medical marijuana at one time.
How will my privacy be protected?
Patient records will be maintained by your doctor and Delaware Health and Social Services. Strict rules protect the privacy of these records, including the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Your identity and patient status in the medical marijuana program may never be disclosed to anyone without your prior authorization. We take patient privacy very seriously are will gladly answer any questions or concerns you have about this important issue.
How much marijuana should a patient take?
Dosage depends on the needs of the individual patient and can vary greatly. Patients experiencing severe chronic pain may consume several moderate to strong doses per day, while patients seeking help with appetite or sleep may sometimes only require a smaller single dose at the onset of symptoms. We provide our patients with instruction in how to carefully adjust dosage to achieve the desired effect. Marijuana is fast-acting when inhaled, making it easy for patients to make dosing adjustments until symptoms are relieved.
Are doctors required to make determinations about appropriate dosage?
No. Program rules already limit the patient’s allowable supply. Dispensary staff also assist patients in understanding dosage and product characteristics. The doctor’s only responsibility is to determine whether or not to issue the medical marijuana recommendation.
When can patients begin purchasing medical marijuana at Columbia Care Delaware?
We’re excited about the launch of Delaware’s Medical Marijuana Program and working hard to make high quality strains and products available to patients as soon as possible. We’re hopeful that the first sales will take place at our facility in early 2018.
How do I get a Delaware medical marijuana card?
If you’re a Delaware resident with a qualifying medical condition, you may register by submitting a patient application to Delaware Health and Social Services. The application form includes a section that must be completed by your recommending physician certifying that you have a qualifying medical condition. Applications must be submitted by mail along with a $125 application fee.
What are the age requirements for medical marijuana in Delaware?
Adult patients age 18 or older are eligible to participate. Caregivers must be 21 or older. Patients under the age of 18 must be approved by a pediatric specialist and submit a pediatric patient application.
I’ve never been to a medical marijuana dispensary. How does it work?
A medical marijuana dispensary is a simple, secure facility designed to provide access for patients to receive their medicine in a safe, welcoming environment. Qualified patients or their caregivers must present their state-issued ID cards at the door. No one else is permitted to enter the establishment other than registered employees attending to the facility. Once inside, visitors are greeted by a friendly staff who are happy to answer questions about the medicine and to help the patient make decisions based on their individual health needs. The patient or caregiver then makes their selection, purchases the medicine, and exits. Security staff monitor events inside and outside the facility.
Will marijuana accessories be available at the dispensary?
Yes. We will have a variety of medical marijuana accessories available for purchase, including pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, and more.
What is a caregiver?
A caregiver is a person who provides basic assistance to a medical marijuana patient. This often involves helping the patient obtain and administer their medicine, but can involve any number of other activities in which the patient may require some additional support due to their medical condition. Under Delaware law, caregivers are authorized to purchase medical marijuana for the patient from his/her registered dispensary.
How do I select a caregiver?
Choosing your caregiver is an important decision. You’ll want to select someone who is trustworthy, reliable, and familiar with your health needs. If you’ve chosen someone to serve as your caregiver, you may appoint them on your application form when you register with the Delaware Medical Marijuana Program. The person you choose will have to complete a caregiver application and receive their caregiver identification card.
Can my caregiver sample the marijuana?
No. Your caregiver is never allowed to ingest your medical marijuana under any circumstances.
How many caregivers may I appoint?
Each patient may appoint only one caregiver.
What does science say about medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana has been studied extensively by the scientific community and a great deal is known about the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant. Americans for Safe Access has some great resources available online for patients and doctors who want to learn more about the science of medical marijuana, including a selection of booklets on the use of medical marijuana to treat specific conditions. We also recommend this article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta at CNN who writes about how he became a strong supporter of medical marijuana after researching the issue in depth. Columbia Care Delaware is committed to providing our patients with up to date research and important developments.
Where does the medical marijuana come from?
All medical marijuana will be produced in Delaware at one of a few licensed cultivation centers. These facilities are carefully regulated by Delaware Division of Public Health and must follow strict guidelines to ensure product safety. Dispensaries may not acquire marijuana products from any source other than the licensed and regulated facilities.