Signed in 2011, the Delaware Medical Marijuana ACT (DMMA) allows qualifying patients to purchase and consume cannabis for medical treatment. Cannabis possession was decriminalized statewide in 2015. The Office of Medical Marijuana (OMM) oversees the Medical Marijuana Program and has instituted a registry for patients and caregivers, qualification requirements and regulations to ensure availability of medical cannabis and safety.

Delaware approved adult use cannabis. Draft resolutions have been published and are undergoing a public comment period that ends June 3, 2024. Delaware’s regulations cover everything from licensing and the application process, to general compliance for areas including alarm systems and video surveillance, record keeping, packaging and labeling requirements, product testing standards, and more.

Key Timeline:

  • JULY 2024: Regulations are expected to be finalized and adopted
  • SEPTEMBER 1, 2024: The OMC begins accepting applications for all licenses
  • NOVEMBER 1, 2024: The OMC begins issuing up to 60 Cultivation Licenses
  • DECEMBER 1, 2024: The OMC begins issuing up to 30 Product Manufacturing Licenses
  • MARCH 1, 2025: The OMC begins issuing up to 30 Retail Licenses and 5 Testing Facility Licenses

Similar to parts of New Jersey’s licensing model, Delaware is proposing to allow applicants to apply for conditional licenses, with a timeline of 18 months from conditional license award to:

  1. Obtain legal control of a property
  2. Receive approval from local regulators
  3. Become operational

Applicants will be required to undergo financial and criminal background checks and fingerprinting — a standard requirement observed in nearly every state that has legalized cannabis operations and sales. The application process is expected to encompass various elements and narratives, including robust quality assurance programs, as outlined in the regulations.

While many of the proposed regulations are viewed as standard for the burgeoning cannabis industry, there are some regulations that will almost certainly generate pushback from industry stakeholders. Certain restrictions, such as limiting the THC content in edibles and beverages to 50 milligrams per package and stringent rules surrounding packaging, labeling, and marketing for cannabis products, are raising a slight concern among potential business operators and consumers alike

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