Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is medical cannabis legal in Delaware?

    Yes, medical cannabis is legal in Delaware for qualifying patients.

  • How do you apply for the medical marijuana program?

    To apply for Delaware’s medical marijuana program, you may do so online through the Delaware Medical Marijuana Program. Or, you can print out your application and send it to the Department.

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions you need to have to get your card?

    To receive your medical card in Delaware, you must be diagnosed by a state-approved physician as having at least one of the following medical conditions:


    • Cancer
    • Terminal illness
    • HIV positive
    • AIDS
    • Decompensated Cirrhosis
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
    • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Autism with aggressive behavior
    • Glaucoma
    • Chronic, debilitating migraines 
    • 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 measures for more than three months, or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects.
      • Intractable nausea
      • Seizures
      • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristics of Multiple Sclerosis

  • What if my medical condition is not listed?

    If your medical condition is not on the current list of conditions, you may petition to have it added. To do so, you must submit a request to Delaware’s Medical Marijuana Program and they will review your petition. 

  • What physicians can certify me in Delaware?

    To give you a valid physician’s certification, your physician must be licensed to practice in Delaware and be a Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). You must also have a well-established relationship with this doctor that can be easily verified.

  • When does the physician certification expire?

    Your physician certification will expire within 90 days if it is not submitted to the Medical Marijuana Program.

  • How long does it take to process your application?

    This depends. From application, the Department may take up to 45 days calendar days to process and evaluate your medical cannabis request. 

  • How do you renew your card?

    The MMJ card renewal process is going to be the exact same as when you first applied for your card. You must meet with a qualified physician with whom you have a bonafide relationship, and receive a physician’s certification again. 

  • Do you have to buy medical cannabis from a dispensary?

    Yes, the only lawful places to purchase medical cannabis from are licensed dispensaries. 

  • Can you grow cannabis at home?

    No, Delaware does not allow at-home cultivation.

  • How much cannabis can you purchase at once in Delaware?

    Medical cannabis patients are allowed to purchase a hefty three ounces every two weeks. Patients are allotted six total ounces in a 30-day time period.  

  • What is a caregiver?

    A caregiver is a person who has been designated by a qualifying patient as someone who is authorized to purchase and obtain medical cannabis from a dispensary on the patient’s behalf.