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HI Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Hawaii

Senate Bill 862 was signed by Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano, on June 14, 2000 — effective December 28, 2000 — legally allowing 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”, to use, possess and cultivate marijuana without risking state-level criminal penalties. In addition, a confidential state-run patient registry is mandated to issue identification cards to patients.

House Bill 668 — an amendment on June 25, 2013 — required that the program be transferred from the Department of Public Safety, to the Department of Public Health (to be implemented and effective before January 01, 2015), as well as, establish a medical marijuana registry fund to pay for the Hawaii program. A second amendment, Senate Bill 642 on January 02, 2015, defined “adequate supply” as seven cannabis plants total, regardless of maturity.

* Please note:  Regulations also require all medical marijuana recommendations ONLY be made by the qualifying patient’s primary care physician.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is added to the list of qualifying medical conditions, after the amendment of Act 241, on July 14, 2015. Act 241 also set to create and regulate a statewide dispensary system.

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in Hawaii

Patients in Hawaii diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Hawaii Medical Marijuana law, as per Senate Bill 862:

  • CancerGlaucomaHIV/AIDSor the treatment of these conditions;
  • Chronic Pain
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), effective July 2015.
  • Additional medical condition may be approved by the department of health pursuant to administrative rules, in response to a request from a physician or potentially qualifying patient.

How to Become A Medical Marijuana Patient in Hawaii

  1. You must be a Hawaii Resident with a valid Hawaii I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Hawaii I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
  2. Obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis — *Learn how to request your medical records
  3. Bring your medical records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment and have your physician request and fill out a written certification form from the Narcotics Enforcement Division of the Department of Public Safety — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Hawaii
  4. Obtain a registration certificate, known as a medical marijuana identification card, from the Narcotic Enforcement Division.

Narcotics Enforcement Division
3375 Koapaka Street, Suite D-100
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Phone: 808-837-8470
Fax: 808-837-8474

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Medical Marijuana Access in Hawaii

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation, in compliance with state law.

According to Hawaii medical marijuana law, patients and their caregivers may possess seven plants, three of which may be mature, and one ounce per mature plant. The state of Hawaii does not currently provide for a legal means of purchasing marijuana.

In January 2017, the state health department announced medical cannabis dispensaries would be allowed to start growing weed, a welcome development that only occurred after months of delays. One of the problems that held up cultivation was the fact that the state did not have a software system in place to track weed from seed to retail sale. However, the tracking system was finally established and working properly. It was initially believed dispensary cultivation would not be allowed to begin until July 2017.

In addition, two Senate committees passed laws that would expand the medical marijuana program. Patients meeting medical marijuana qualifications in Hawaii would be able to possess seven cannabis seedlings. The new law would also add several more qualifying conditions to the list, including lupus, arthritis, autism and others. Under the proposed law, caregivers would be able to cultivate weed on behalf of qualifying patients until Dec. 31, 2020. Patients and caregivers would both be allowed to transport up to a gram of medical weed for laboratory testing.

Check back with MarijuanaDoctors.com and we will continue to update you on Hawaii medical marijuana qualifications and provide more information, such as how to obtain a Hawaii medical cannabis card.

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