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.
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.
How do I get a Delaware medical marijuana card?
In order to become an approved medical marijuana patient in Delaware, you must be a Delaware resident and have a qualifying medical condition. Qualified patients must obtain a certification from a Delaware licensed physician and submit an application to Delaware Health and Social Services.
Please click for step-by-step instruction on How to Get a Delaware Medical Marijuana Card.
How do I renew my medical marijuana card?
We recommend applying to renew your medical marijuana certification at least 45 days prior to the expiration date listed on your current card. To do so, you must obtain a new physician recommendation and submit a renewal application to Delaware Health and Social Services. For more information, please review the steps listed on our Get a Card page.
What discounts do you offer?
Columbia Care DE is happy to offer a 10% discount to Medicaid recipients, seniors, and veterans. To qualify, please provide one of the following at the time of registration:
- A valid proof of Medicaid participation.
- A valid proof of age of over 65.
- A valid Veterans Affairs ID.
I’ve never been to a medical marijuana dispensary. How does it work?
A medical marijuana dispensary, known as a Compassion Center in Delaware, is a simple and 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 valid medical marijuana card issued by the Medical Marijuana Program 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.