House Bill 141
150th General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT.
New daily persistent headache (NDPH) is a rare headache disorder characterized by daily and unremitting headaches that can last up to 3 days. Headache onset is abrupt and the throbbing, pressure-like pain is usually on both sides of the head. In order to be diagnosed with this syndrome, a patient has chronic daily headaches that are present more than 15 days a month for more than 3 months. The age of onset ranges from 6 to greater than 70 years old. It is found to be more common in females in both the adult and pediatric populations. Currently, there is no specific treatment for NDPH. Instead, most are treated similarly to migraines with prescriptions to opiates or narcotics such as gabapentin. In order to avoid the development of medication overuse or addiction, however, physicians do not advise patients to use pain relievers for more than 9 days a month even though the pain persists for many days more than that. Moreover, NDPH is an intractable headache disorder that is unresponsive to standard headache therapies. This bill adds new daily persistent headache and chronic debilitating migraines to the list of chronic or debilitating medical conditions for which a child under 18 may qualify as a patient to receive marijuana oil upon certification by a physician in accordance with the terms of the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act. This bill also adds new daily persistent headache to the list of chronic or debilitating medical conditions that qualifies an adult to be eligible for the use of medical marijuana.