Senate Bill 17 was signed by Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D), on May 13, 2011, thereby protecting a patient from arrest if he or she has a written certification from their physician, stating that they may “benefit from the therapeutic use of medical marijuana”, where the patient has a specified debilitating medical condition.
The Department of Health and Social Services requires all certified patients to send in a copy of the written certification, upon receipt of which, the patient will be issued with a Delaware ID card, validating the information.
The Delaware medical marijuana program allows for state-regulated, non-profit distribution of medical marijuana by compassion centers, also known as a dispensary.
Adult patients in Delaware diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Delaware Medical Marijuana law, as per Senate Bill 17:
Patients 18 years or younger — qualified by a pediatric neurologist, pediatric gastroenterologist, pediatric oncologist or pediatric palliative care specialist — must be diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions:
Delaware’s application system for medical marijuana patients is expected to go live in July 2011. In the meantime, here are some basic guidelines: