Updated on January 23, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Hawaii Department of Health Medical Cannabis Registry Program:
Mailing Address: 4348 Waialae Avenue #648, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Phone: (808) 733-2177
Website: Hawaii Medical Marijuana Registry Program
According to Hawaii regulations, the maximum amount of marijuana that may be possessed jointly by the qualifying patient and the primary caregiver, is defined as an “adequate supply”, not to exceed the amount of 7 plants total, and no more than four ounces of usable marijuana collectedly held by the registered patient and caregiver.
Qualified patients in Hawaii may choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using the telemedicine portal, provided that a medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with the patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted via medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.
As legislation changes in Hawaii, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the medical marijuana program in Hawaii.
Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana
“[A]s a registered program participant, and assuming that you indicated your intent to grow your own supply of medical marijuana on your application, you are allowed to grow an ‘adequate supply’ of medical marijuana, not to exceed seven (7) plants and posses no more than 4oz of usable marijuana jointly between a registered patient and caregiver… Act 241 was signed into law on July 14, 2015… [tentatively on] July 15, 2016 – and not sooner, licensed dispensaries may begin dispensing from 8 AM – 8 PM and closed Sunday and state/federal holidays,” Growing Medical Marijuana [Accessed March 01, 2016]
The Hawaii Patient Registry fee is $38.50. The Hawaii Marijuana Registry is mandatory, and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.
The Hawaii medical marijuana program was the first one established in the United States, helping to spur action throughout the rest of the country that helped patients gain access to the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. State leaders have made significant strides in recent years to strengthen both civil and discriminatory protections for medical marijuana users. These improvements include added protection for patients from discrimination involving schools, courts and landlords.
On June 14, 2000, Governor Ben Cayetano, signed Senate Bill 862 into law, after it was approved by the House 32-18, and the Senate 13-12. Effective December 28, 2000, the senate bill removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by patients who posses a signed statement from their physicians, affirming that he or she is diagnosed with a debilitating condition, and the “potential benefits of medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks.” The law mandates a mandatory, confidential state-run patient registry, to issue identification cards to qualified patients.
On June 25, 2013, House Bill 668, was amended, establishing a medical marijuana registry fund to pay for the program, and transferring the program from the Department of Public Safety, to the Department of Public Health, by no later than January 01, 2015.
On January 02, 2015, the Senate Bill 642, was amended, defining “adequate supply” as seven cannabis plants total, regardless of maturity. It further stipulates that medical marijuana recommendations may only be made by the qualifying patient’s primary care physician.
On July 14, 2015, Act 241 was amended, adding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualifying medical conditions, and to create and regulate a statewide dispensary system for medical marijuana.
In March 2019, Hawaii began granting out-of-state visitors with electronic medical cannabis cards if they already use medical marijuana for one or more of the qualifying conditions that Hawaii also approves. Visitors must already have a medical marijuana card and drivers license from the same state and must apply online with the Hawaii Department of Health up to 60 days prior to arrival. The temporary card provides visitors with access to medical marijuana for up to 60 days and can be renewed one time.https://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/hawaii-grants-visitors-access-medical-marijuana/
As of July 2019, Hawaii launched a 2-year registration option for in-state renewal applications. This is specific to in-state patient renewals who have been certified by the same physician/APRN in a previous year. The certifying physician/APRN must attest in a written certification that the qualifying patient’s condition is chronic and agrees that a 2 year registration is appropriate. https://health.hawaii.gov/medicalcannabisregistry/submenu/program-updates/
The State of Hawaii has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Hawaii Medical Marijuana ID Card, permitting the patient to grow and/or purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Hawaii state guidelines.
Since the Hawaii medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Hawaii medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Hawaii medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Hawaii medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Hawaii’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Hawaii.
Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Hawaii’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.