Delaware Code Title 16. Health and Safety § 4902A. Definitions

In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) “Cardholder” means a qualifying patient or a designated caregiver who has been issued and possesses a valid registry identification card.

(2) “Compassion center agent” means a principal officer, board member, employee, or agent of a registered compassion center who is 21 years of age or older and has not been convicted of an excluded felony offense or drug misdemeanor within 5 years.

(3) “Debilitating medical condition” means 1 or more of the following:

a. Terminal illness, cancer, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, decompensated cirrhosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, intractable epilepsy, seizure disorder, glaucoma, chronic debilitating migraines, or the treatment of these conditions.

b. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces 1 or more of the following:  cachexia or wasting syndrome;  severe, debilitating pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures for more than 3 months or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects;  intractable nausea;  seizures;  severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.

c. Any other medical condition or its treatment added by the Department, as provided for in § 4906A of this title.

(4) “Department” means the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services or its successor agency.

(5) “Designated caregiver” means a person who:

a. Is at least 21 years of age unless the person is the parent or legal guardian of a minor who is a qualifying patient;

b. Has agreed to assist with a patient's medical use of marijuana;

c. Has not been convicted of an excluded felony offense;  and

d. Assists no more than 5 qualifying patients with their medical use of marijuana.

(6) “Enclosed, locked facility” means a greenhouse, building, or other enclosed area equipped with locks or other security devices that is on a registered compassion center’s property and permits access only the  1compassion center agents working for the registered compassion center.

(7) “Excluded felony offense” means:

a. A violent crime defined in § 4201(c) of Title 11 , that was classified as a felony in the jurisdiction where the person was convicted;  or

b. A violation of a state or federal controlled substance law that was classified as a felony in the jurisdiction where the person was convicted, not including:

1. An offense for which the sentence, including any term of probation, incarceration, or supervised release, was completed 10 or more years earlier;  or

2. An offense that consisted of conduct for which this chapter would likely have prevented a conviction, but the conduct either occurred prior to July 1, 2011, or was prosecuted by an authority other than the State of Delaware.

(8) “Intractable epilepsy” means an epileptic seizure disorder for which standard medical treatment does not prevent or significantly ameliorate recurring, uncontrolled seizures or for which standard medical treatment results in harmful side effects.

(9) “Marijuana” has the meaning given that term in § 4701 of this title.

(10) “Medical marijuana oil” means:

a. "Cannabidiol oil" which is a processed Cannabis plant extract that contains at least 15 percent cannabidiol but no more than 7 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or a dilution of the resin of the Cannabis plant that contains at least 50 milligrams of cannabidiol per milliliter but not more than 7 percent tetrahydrocannabinol;  and

b. "THC-A oil" which is a processed Cannabis plant extract that contains at least 15 percent tetrahydrocannabinol acid but not more than 7 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or a dilution of the resin of the Cannabis plant that contains at least 50 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol acid per milliliter but not more than 7 percent tetrahydrocannabinol;  and

c. Any change in the oil formulation which is made by the Department based upon the recommendation of the advisory council Medical Marijuana Act Oversight Committee.

(11) “Medical use” means the acquisition;  administration;  delivery;  possession;  transportation;  transfer;  transportation;  or use of marijuana or paraphernalia relating to the administration of marijuana to treat or alleviate a registered qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the patient's debilitating medical condition.

(12) “Physician” means a properly licensed physician subject to Chapter 17 of Title 24 except as otherwise provided in this paragraph.  If the qualifying patient is younger than 18 years of age, the physician must be a pediatric neurologist, pediatric gastroenterologist, pediatric oncologist or pediatric palliative care specialist.

(13) “Qualifying patient” means a person who has been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition.

(14) “Registered compassion center” means a not-for-profit entity registered pursuant to § 4914A of this title that acquires, possesses, cultivates, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, sells, supplies, or dispenses marijuana, paraphernalia, or related supplies and educational materials to registered qualifying patients who have designated the dispenser to cultivate marijuana for their medical use and the registered designated caregivers of these patients.

(15) “Registered safety compliance facility” means a nonprofit entity registered under § 4915A of this title by the Department to provide 1 or more of the following services:  testing marijuana produced for medical use for potency and contaminants;  and training cardholders and prospective compassion center agents.  The training may include, but need not be limited to, information related to 1 or more of the following:

a. The safe and efficient cultivation, harvesting, packaging, labeling, and distribution of marijuana;

b. Security and inventory accountability procedures;  and

c. Up-to-date scientific and medical research findings related to medical marijuana.

(16) “Registry identification card” means a document issued by the Department that identifies a person as a registered qualifying patient or registered designated caregiver.

(17) “Safety compliance facility agent” means a principal officer, board member, employee, or agent of a registered safety compliance facility who is 21 years of age or older and has not been convicted of an excluded felony offense.

(18) “Terminal illness” means any disease, illness or condition sustained by any human being:

a. For which there is no reasonable medical expectation of recovery;

b. Which, as a medical probability, will result in the death of such human being regardless of the use or discontinuance of medical treatment implemented for the purpose of sustaining life or the life processes;  and

c. As a result of which, the human being's health-care practitioner would not be surprised if death were to occur within 12 months.

(19) “Usable marijuana” means the dried leaves and flowers of the marijuana plant and any mixture or preparation of those dried leaves and flowers, including but not limited to tinctures, ointments, other preparations including medical marijuana oil, but does not include the seeds, stalks, and roots of the plant.  It does not include the weight of any nonmarijuana ingredients combined with marijuana, such as ingredients added to prepare a topical administration, food, or drink.

(20) “Verification system” means a phone or Web-based system that is available to law-enforcement personnel and compassion center agents on a 24-hour basis for verification of registry identification cards.

(21) “Written certification” means a document dated and signed by a physician, stating that in the physician's professional opinion the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the patient's debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the debilitating medical condition.  A written certification shall be made only in the course of a bona fide physician-patient relationship where the qualifying patient is under the physician’s care for her or his primary care or for her or his debilitating medical condition after the physician has completed an assessment of the qualifying patient's medical history and current medical condition.  The bona fide physician-patient relationship may not be limited to authorization for the patient to use medical marijuana or consultation for that purpose.  The written certification shall specify the qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition.

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