Delaware passes Medical Cannabis Laws to become 16th Medical Marijuana State
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/13/2011 in Medical Marijuana Laws
Today is a great day for the medical marijuana movement and for seriously ill patients in Delaware. This morning, Gov. Jack Markell has signed legislation officially making Delaware the 16th state to allow the use of medical marijuana.
This new law, SB 17, will allow people 18 and older with certain serious or debilitating conditions to possess up to six ounces of medical cannabis. Qualifying patients will not be able to grow their own plants, but will receive safe access to their medicine from state-licensed and regulated compassion centers, which are to be established in each of Delaware’s three counties.
Qualifying conditions include: cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, decompensated cirrhosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, intractable nausea, severe seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, wasting syndrome, and severe debilitating pain that has not responded to other treatments or for which other treatments produced serious side effects.
SB17 received bi-partisan support, and immediate action from the Governor. It just received final legislative approval on Wed., and two days later Markell quickly signed it into law, a spokesperson says, because setting up the state run system will take time. The law is slated to go into effect in July 2011.
We are thrilled that yet another state’s residents will have access to this valuable medicine. We will keep you posted on application requirements as well as help you find marijuana friendly doctors in Delaware.