Senate Bill 862 was signed by Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano, on June 14, 2000 — effective December 28, 2000 — legally allowing patients who possess 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.
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:
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.