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Hawaii Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Hawaii Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 03/23/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

How do I get medical marijuana in Hawaii? Is marijuana, cannabis, pot or weed legal in Hawaii? What’s the difference between a marijuana recommendation and a marijuana prescription? How do I find a medical marijuana doctor?

With different rules for each medical marijuana state, it can be difficult to find the answers to these questions. So we’ve compiled this Hawaii Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet to make it a little easier to obtain the medicine you need.


State Measure:

S.B. 862 HD1 – The Hawaii Medical Marijuana Act

Date Passed:

June 14, 2000

Defenses Provided:

Hawaii’s medical marijuana law provides exemption from prosecution for patients in lawful possession of a “usable amount” of medical marijuana who also have an authenticated copy of an appropriate medical record or written documentation from a physician; Patients are also given an affirmative defense if they are in compliance with the law.

Medical Marijuana Uses:

Under Hawaii medical marijuana law, medical cannabis may be used for the following conditions:

Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, or a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease; or any other medical condition approved by the department of health.

Documentation Needed:

In order to qualify for medical marijuana in Hawaii, patients must obtain a statement signed by the patient’s physician, stating that in the physician’s professional opinion, the patient has a debilitating condition and the “potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks.” You must also register with the state Department of Public Safety.

Marijuana Card Program:

Medical marijuana patients in Hawaii must register with the state Narcotics Enforcement Division of the Department of Public Safety to receive a written certification (aka medical marijuana card). Your physician must request the written certification form on your behalf by calling (808) 837-8470.

Cannabis Possession and Growing Limits:

Medical cannabis patients in Hawaii may possess up to seven plants, three of which may be mature, and one ounce per mature plant. Hawaii does not allow patients to purchase marijuana at dispensaries at this time.

Caregiver Provisions:

Medical Marijuana patients in Hawaii may designate one caregiver to possess, transport and grow cannabis on the patient’s behalf. There may only be one caregiver per patient, and caregivers can only serve one patient at any given time.

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