Delaware Expands Medical Marijuana Program Ahead of Adult-Use Launch


Delaware dramatically expanded its medical marijuana program, aiming to make it more accessible for patients. Previously, the program only allowed patients with specific debilitating conditions, like chronic pain or epilepsy, to obtain a medical marijuana card. This left many patients suffering from other qualifying conditions without access.

The new law removes this restriction. Now, anyone with a diagnosed medical condition that could benefit from medical cannabis can get a card. This broader approach aligns with some of the earlier medical marijuana programs in states like California and Colorado. Critics of those programs argued they were too permissive, but with adult-use legalization spreading across the country, some states, like Delaware, are taking steps to make medical marijuana a more attractive option.

Another key change involves simplifying access for seniors. Adults 65 and older can now self-certify for the program, eliminating the need for a doctor’s recommendation. This could be a significant benefit for older adults who might face challenges finding a doctor comfortable recommending medical marijuana.

It’s important to remember that these changes only apply to the medical marijuana program. Delaware legalized adult-use cannabis last year, but sales aren’t expected to begin until 2025. Currently, medical marijuana sales are not taxed, while adult-use sales will be subject to a 15% levy.

Author: mdcnlmps