A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in Delaware

Medical marijuana has been legal in Delaware since 2011, allowing patients to purchase from licensed dispensaries across the state. Getting your own Delaware medical marijuana card is a fairly easy process as long as you qualify. We’ve outlined the process for you in just three simple steps:

  1. Meet with your physician and get evaluated 
  2. Obtain a physician certification and submit your application
  3. Wait for approval and receive your Delaware MMJ card

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How to Get Your Delaware Medical Marijuana Card

Who Can Get a Medical Card in Delaware?

To qualify for a medical card in Delaware, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old or older
  • Be an in-state resident of Delaware
  • Have at least one of the qualifying medical conditions listed
  • Have a bonafide relationship with an approved physician 

Those who are not yet 18 but may have a qualifying medical condition can still receive their MMJ cards in Delaware. To do so, they must have a caregiver to purchase and obtain the cannabis for them. Typically, these will be the minor’s parents or guardian. 

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in Delaware?

The medical conditions to qualify for an MMJ card in Delaware are:

  • 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

How-To Steps for Getting an MMJ Card in Delaware

1: Meet With Your Physician and Get Evaluated

To obtain your medical marijuana card in the Diamond State, you must have a well-established relationship with a qualified physician. This doctor will then evaluate you for the qualifying medical conditions and see if you are eligible for a card.

2: Obtain Your Physician’s Recommendation and Submit Your Application

If you do qualify for an MMJ card, your physician will write you a physician’s recommendation that will be sent in along with your medical card application. Your application will not be accepted without this, so make sure you have it! They’re only valid for 90 days. 

You will then submit your application through the Delaware Medical Marijuana Program website

3: Wait for Approval and Receive Your Delaware MMJ Card

Now, it’s time to be patient. The Department can take up to 45 calendar days to process your medical marijuana card application. After that, your MMJ card will be mailed right to you and you’re able to access all of the dispensaries in Delaware. 

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