- Medical Program
4 ozEvery 15 days
IllegalPossession of 3 grams or less is decriminalized
4%4.5% in Oahu
Get approved by a doctor, then apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
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Hawaii has legalized medical marijuana, but non-medical, adult use of cannabis is still prohibited. Cannabis has been decriminalized in Hawaii.
Governor Ben Cayetano signed Senate Bill 862 (SB 862), removing state-level penalties for the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis by those with a signed statement from a physician recommending cannabis for their condition. Act 228 creates The Medical Cannabis Registry Program and allows patients and their caregivers to grow cannabis.
House Bill 668 (HB 668) is amended, transferring the medical marijuana program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Public Health from 2015 onwards. A medical marijuana registry fund is also implemented to pay for the program.
Senate Bill 642 (SB 642) is amended, defining the patient’s “adequate supply” as seven plants or less, regardless of the maturity of the cannabis plant.
PTSD is added to the list of qualifying conditions in Hawaii.
Non-medical, recreational, adult-use marijuana is illegal in Hawaii. Possession of 3 grams or less is decriminalized.
The Hawaii law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:
You can get your Hawaii Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:
Yes, telemedicine is legal in Hawaii, and you can get certified for cannabis online.
In Hawaii, you can possess the following amounts with a valid MMJ Card:
This is the maximum amount in a fifteen (15) day period
Qualified medical marijuana patients can grow their cannabis in Hawaii – up to 10 plants at a single location owned by the patient and/or caregiver (total amount no more than 10 plants).
Hawaii does not have medical marijuana reciprocity; therefore, it does not recognize medical marijuana cards from other states.
Hawaii allows out-of-state U.S. citizens to apply for its medical marijuana program.
A Hawaii medical marijuana card is valid in some states with a medical marijuana program and reciprocity.
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is acceptable) – just that the state’s medical marijuana laws protect you to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and intend to purchase medical marijuana.
The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also accountable to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
State Bill 2543 SD 2 HD1 states:
“Prohibits an employer from discriminating against a person in hiring, termination, or term or condition of employment based on the person’s status as a medical cannabis cardholder, under certain conditions. Specifies that an employer may use a fit-for-duty test as a tool for medical cannabis users in potentially dangerous occupations. Exempts certain occupations.”
However, this may not be effective until 2050! Also, until recently, the state has often sided with employers regarding drug-free workplace policies. These laws will not likely protect those working in federal jobs or transport.
Testing is done for pesticides, as well as for heavy metals, solvents, moisture content, microbial contaminants, intestinal bacteria and pathogens, “dangerous molds that can cause infection and disease,” and “toxins produced by molds.”
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy or another legally designated space to buy cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks, or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals, or other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members’ clubs and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense, generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.