How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Delaware

To be eligible for a Delaware medical marijuana card, you must meet the following requirements:
  • You must be a Delaware resident and have lived in The First State for at least 30 days prior to applying for a medical marijuana card
  • You must be at least 18 years old (pediatric patients require parental consent)
  • Have received a Health Care Practitioner Certification from a licensed Delaware healthcare professional (see next section for more information)

Meet with a Licensed Physician

The first step to getting a Delaware medical marijuana card is to consult with your healthcare practitioner about the suitability of medical marijuana as a treatment for your condition. Your healthcare practitioner MUST be a Delaware-licensed medical doctor, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, or a Physician Assistant.

Whether you apply online or by paper application, a certifying medical professional will certify you if they deem that you will benefit from medical marijuana use.


Fill out the Patient Application

Next, fill out a patient application or a pediatric patient application on behalf of a minor (you have the option of applying online or printing a paper copy of the application). If you are appointing a caregiver, make sure the caregiver fills out a caregiver application.


Pay the Application Fee

The application fee is $50.00 and is non-refundable. There is a section for payment options if you apply online. If you mail your paper application, please include a $50.00 money order or check made payable to the State of Delaware.


Provide Proof of Age and Residency

Next, upload a copy of your Delaware-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID with your application. The parents or legal guardians of pediatric patients must do this on their behalf. Be sure to include a clear photocopy of your Delaware-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID if you are mailing your application.

Please mail your application to:

Division of Public Health

Medical Marijuana Program

Jesse Cooper Building, Suite 140

417 Federal St.

Dover, DE 19901


Receive Your Delaware MMJ Card and Visit a Dispensary

If approved, you should receive your Delaware medical marijuana card within 45 days of submitting your application. You can then visit any licensed dispensary in the state and legally purchase medical marijuana.

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How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Delaware – A Step-By-Step Guide

  • Check your eligibility
  • Schedule an appointment with a Delaware-licensed healthcare professional (MMJCardOnline can help put you in touch with one)
  • Attend your appointment and get certified
  • Fill out the patient application form (or pediatric patient application form for minors)
  • Pay the application fee
  • Provide proof of age and residency in Delaware
  • Receive your MMJ card in the mail and visit a dispensary

Delaware Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions

In Delaware, Senate Bill 17 made medical marijuana legal. However, you had to obtain a written certification from a physician who determined that you may “benefit from the therapeutic use of medicinal marijuana.”

These were the qualifying conditions for a DE medical marijuana card at the time:

Patient Qualifying Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Any terminal illness
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • ALS
  • Decompensated cirrhosis
  • Intractable nausea and seizures
  • Conditions that cause severe pain
  • Wasting syndrome
  • PTSD
  • Glaucoma
  • Autism that causes aggressive or self-injurious behavior
  • Chronic migraine

However, the passage of SB 24, which became law in September 2020, effectively eliminated qualifying conditions for adults and children. Healthcare professionals in Delaware can now use their judgment to recommend a MMJ card to a patient if they believe it will be a beneficial form of treatment. Furthermore, the bill also removed the requirement that medical marijuana be recommended only by specialists for pediatric patients.

General Guidelines

Next, we will outline how to renew your Delaware medical marijuana card and provide you with important information regarding caregiver rules.

Medical Marijuana Card Renewal in Delaware

A Delaware medical marijuana card is valid for one year after it is issued. To renew, you must resubmit the complete application packet, i.e., the Physician Certification Form, the Medical Release Form, and the $50 renewal fee. You can apply for a renewal up to 90 days before your card expires.

Caregiver Rules

You can appoint a designated caregiver to assist you with your medical marijuana needs. They must fill out a separate application, and they must meet the following requirements:

  • Be aged 21 years old or older
  • Have agreed to assist you in using marijuana for medical purposes
  • They must not have a felony conviction

Those with a valid Delaware MMJ card can also act as a caregiver. Anyone wishing to be a caregiver must pay a non-refundable fee of $50. A background check is also performed, for which the caregiver must pay $65 in advance. Lastly, a caregiver can assist up to five patients in the state of Delaware.

History of Cannabis in Delaware

The original Delaware MMJ legislation was passed in May of 2011. Governor Jack Markell signed legislation allowing patients over the age of 18 who had a qualifying condition to possess up to 6 ounces of marijuana.

However, the state’s first MMJ clinic did not open until June 2015. Although efforts to fully legalize the substance have been unsuccessful, the state’s medical marijuana program has grown steadily in recent years.

While Delaware’s MMJ program has been a success, efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in The First State have ended in failure. For example, the Delaware General Assembly formally passed a bill on marijuana legalization implementation in May 2022. However, the bill was vetoed by the state’s governor, John Carney. The veto was upheld by the state House of Representatives the following month. As a result, adult-use marijuana may not be available in Delaware for some time.

Delaware Medical Marijuana Laws and Rules

While adult-use marijuana is not legal, possessing less than an ounce has been decriminalized. Currently, possession of less than an ounce is a civil penalty with a $100 fine. Possession of more than one ounce but under 175 grams is a misdemeanor. If convicted, you could face a three-month prison sentence. More than 175 grams, and you’re facing a felony charge, and if convicted, a prison sentence of up to three years is possible.

Finally, be aware that the illegal cultivation or sale of marijuana in Delaware in any amount is a felony and you could face up to eight years in prison if convicted.

What Types of Cannabis Can I Purchase in Delaware?

Patients in Delaware can obtain MMJ in any form. Dry cannabis flower, pre-rolls, vapes, tinctures, and edibles are all examples of what you can get with a Delaware MMJ card.

How Much Cannabis Can I Buy and Possess?

You can buy and possess up to three ounces of cannabis every 14 days if you have a valid Delaware MMJ card. This equates to six ounces per month.

Where can I Legally Purchase MMJ in Delaware?

For many years, only these three companies sold marijuana in Delaware: First State Compassion, Columbia Card, and Fresh Cannabis. The state has also granted licenses to the following businesses:

  • CannaTech Research
  • EzyCure
  • Valor Craft Cannabis Co.

However, only EzyCure has a dispensary, The Farm, in Felton. This brings the total number of Compassion Centers in Delaware to seven, with the others located in:

  • Wilmington x 2
  • Smyrna
  • Lewes
  • Newark
  • Rehoboth Beach

All registered “Compassion Centers” in Delaware are required by law to operate on a non-profit basis. These facilities cannot provide you with more than three ounces of cannabis in 14 days. If you are a registered medical marijuana user in Delaware, you must choose and stick with one dispensary.

Can I Take my MMJ to a Different State?

No. Marijuana remains federally illegal under the Controlled Substances Act. It is thus unlawful to travel across state lines with marijuana in your possession.

FAQ About Getting an MMJ Card in Delaware

How long does it take to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Delaware?

The Delaware Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program states that it will approve or deny a complete application for a medical marijuana card within 45 calendar days of receiving it.

What if I'm not approved after my initial consultation with a Delaware MMJ physician?

Users of MMJCardOnline have an extremely high approval rate. To increase your chances of success, please read the information in this guide before applying. In the unlikely event, you're not approved, you will receive a full refund.

How much is it for a Medical Card in Delaware?

In Delaware, a medical marijuana card costs $50 and is valid for one year. The cost of a consultation varies but is typically between $125 and $200. Please note that it costs $50 to renew your Delaware medical marijuana card.