Delaware Medical Marijuana Program Regulations Released

DELAWARE: The state’s medical marijuana program is moving forward as the Delaware Division of Public Health published preliminary regulations for the program Tuesday.

Gov. Jack A. Markell signed the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act in 2011, but implementation had been stalled for the past three years due to the suspension of medical marijuana compassion centers per guidance by the federal Department of Justice.

However, in August, the governor lifted that suspension, to move forward with the establishment of one pilot compassion center where licensed physicians can authorize marijuana treatment for a slew of conditions, including multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease as well as intractable nausea and seizures.

Thom May, the division’s Health Systems Protection chief, said new regulations basically cover the bidding identification process and operation for the compassion center as well as the safety and security conditions.

Requirements range from instituting 24-hour video monitoring and random inspections to financial accounting controls.

“We spent a lot of time reviewing other states throughout the country, in particularly those in this geographic region,” Mr. May said. “Every state’s situation is different and unique with themselves.”

In terms of a unique provision for Delaware, in order to place a bid for the pilot compassion center entities must submit a $5,000 bid fee, he said.

The Division of Public Health will release an official request for proposal for the pilot center by December, and by March 2014 will be evaluating bids.


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