Open a Dispensary in Delaware

Summary of Marijuana Laws

On May 13, 2011, Delaware’s governor signed Senate Bill 17 (SB17) into law, authorizing doctor-recommended medical marijuana and the establishment of state-regulated non-profit medical marijuana compassion centers (dispensaries). Since then, Delaware has held two competitive license application processes and awarded three compassion centers authority to dispense to medical marijuana patients, with a fourth forthcoming.


While the legislature has considered the legalization of medical marijuana for adult use, it fell just short in the House in 2018.


In 2017, Delaware had 3,588 qualifying patients, a 231% increase over 2016. Delaware publishes an annual report with updates on medical marijuana patient applications and demographics.


The Delaware medical marijuana program is based on Compassion Centers, responsible for cultivating, manufacturing, and selling medical marijuana to qualifying patients. They must operate on a not-for-profit basis.


Content updated July 30, 2018.