Medical marijuana sales could begin as early as 2015 in Delaware. The state has finalized negotiations with First State Compassion Center to run Delaware’s first medical marijuana dispensary, and Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) officials will monitor customer demand over the first year and possibly recommend licensing further dispensaries.

But how does one become a medical marijuana patient in Delaware?

The qualifications for a patient to receive a medical marijuana card in Delaware include:

  • being a resident of the state of Delaware;
  • possessing a current State of Delaware driver’s license or identification card;
  • being 18 years of age or older;
  • being under the care of a physician currently licensed to practice in Delaware in accordance with 24 DEL.C. Chapters 17 and 19;
  • possess a physician’s certification indicating a qualifying debilitating medical condition.

“Debilitating medical condition” means one or more of the following:

  1. cancer, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV and AIDs), decompensated cirrhosis (Hepatitis C), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or the treatment of these conditions. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can qualify as a debilitating medical condition when it manifests itself in severe physical suffering, such as severe or chronic pain or severe nausea and vomiting, or otherwise severely impairs the patient’s physical ability to carry on the activities of daily living.
  2. a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces 1 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 3 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.


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