Delaware: Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Doctors’ Discretion to Authorize Medical Cannabis Treatment

Dover, DE: Democratic Gov. John Carney has signed legislation into law expanding physicians’ discretion to recommend medical cannabis therapy to patients.

Senate Bill 24 amends the state’s medical marijuana access law by permitting physicians, under specific circumstances, to issue cannabis recommendations to patients who are not diagnosed with a pre-approved qualifying condition. In such circumstances, an authorizing physician must attest that the patient possesses a "debilitating condition, [that] current standard care practices and treatments have been exhausted, and [that] there are grounds to support that the patient may benefit from this treatment." The physician is also required to perform ongoing evaluations of the patient’s progress with regard to whether the treatment is efficacious.

The new law took effect upon signing.

An estimated 6,000 patients are registered with the state to obtain medical cannabis products.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.