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Updated on June 5, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Delaware Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Laws

To date, Delaware has yet to pass legislation that would enact a telehealth/telemedicine policy, despite a large majority of its people living in areas, that have health professional shortages or are medically underserved. Telemedicine provides a solution to the need for primary and specialty medical care. In order to improve access to behavioral health services, general health, and medical subspecialties not widely available in Delaware, the Delaware Medical Assistance Program makes reimbursements for telemedicine-delivered services, as of July 01, 2012.

Fully integrated into Delaware’s healthcare system, Telehealth provides all residents with affordable and accessible medical service. As per the Delaware Medical Board, health care practitioners providing telemedicine services, are required to adhere to the same standard of professional conduct and practice, as healthcare practitioners of the same practice or specialty, providing services in-person — with the exception of prescription.

All out-of-state health care practitioners intending to provide telemedicine services, to patients geographically situated in the state of Delaware, must first obtain a valid medical license, from the Delaware Medical Board, prior to commencing service — however, physician-to-physician (P2P) exemptions apply.

With its progressive policy towards the further growth and development of telehealth/telemedicine, Delaware is ready for the future of medicine.

Using Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services in Delaware

Qualified medical marijuana patients please be advised that for the purposes of using medical marijuana telemedicine services online, in Delaware:

  • The State of Delaware requires that, in order for a marijuana doctor to conduct a medical marijuana evaluation, the physician must first conduct a patient examination, in-person.
  • Although patients may not see a marijuana doctor online for the initial visit, patients may choose to use medical marijuana telemedicine services online for all follow-up visits.

If you are a qualified Delaware medical marijuana patient who has already established a bonafide relationship with a medical marijuana doctor, and want to see a marijuana doctor online and on-demand now, via the medical marijuana telemedicine portal, please click here.

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