Updated on November 26, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.
State Jurisdiction: Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH)
Mailing Address: Medical Cannabis Program, 4348 Waialae Avenue, #648, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Phone: (808) 733-2177
Website: Hawaii Medical Cannabis Program
Registering for the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program
Patients are required to have a recommendation from a licensed marijuana physician or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) before they can start their application for a medical marijuana card in Hawaii. After receiving your signed medical marijuana recommendation, you may submit your application to the Medical Cannabis Registry Program. Take note of the following application criteria:
- Patients must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply.
- Minor patients may designate a caregiver, such as one of their parents, to apply on their behalf.
- You must be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition recognized by the state of Hawaii (listed below).
- In-state applicants must provide proof of Hawaii residency alongside their application. This may come in the form of a state-issued driver’s license or a Hawaii State ID Card.
- Along with their physician-issued medical recommendation and valid form of ID, all patients are required to pay a state application fee of $38.50.
Out-of-state applicants should take note of the following requirements:
- They must be certified in their home state as having one or more debilitating medical conditions recognized in Hawaii.
- Have a valid medical marijuana card issued by the patient’s home state.
- Valid state ID or Driver’s License from the patient’s home state.
A Brief History of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program and 329 Card Rules
In June of 2000, Hawaii signed Senate Bill 862, entering into effect December of that same year, and removing any state-level criminal penalties for marijuana use, possession, and cultivation for medical purposes, forming the basis of the Hawaii marijuana laws. Patients holding a signed recommendation from their physician, which confirmed that they have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition, could now gain access to cannabis-based medication.
More than a decade later, in June of 2013, House Bill 668 was amended, which in turn established a registry fund to pay for the formation of a proper medical marijuana program. More than that, it transferred the ownership of the program from the state’s Department of Public Safety to the Hawaii Department of Health, to be taken into effect by January 1st, 2015.
Senate Bill 642 was amended the following day, on January 2nd, establishing an “adequate supply” of medical cannabis to a seven plant total, regardless of their maturity. This amendment also reiterated the importance of a medical marijuana recommendation to only be made by the qualifying patient’s primary care doctor.
Finally, in July of 2015, another amendment came in the form of Act 241, with the creation of a statewide dispensary system for the ease of acquisition of medical marijuana products for med-card owning patients. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was also added to the official list of qualifying medical conditions, with the most recent inclusion being Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), in December 2017
Getting Your Marijuana Recommendation
Get a medical marijuana recommendation in Hawaii – It’s easier than you might think!
Our doctors here at QuickMedCards are well-informed about the specifications of the Hawaii MMP and are ready to give you the right prescription for your well-being.
Here’s what you have to do:
- Sign up by filling out the information form.
- Upload your identification document and relevant medical records.
- Pick your preferred appointment date and time.
- Submit payment.*
* The appointment price does not include any state fees. You must pay any state fees directly to the Government.
Once you’ve done that, you and your chosen doctor will have a conversation about why medical marijuana may be beneficial for your treatment, and they will make a decision based on your specific medical condition. Appointments usually take between 10 to 15 minutes and are all done via Doxy.
How to Qualify for the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program: 329 Card Rules
Physicians in Hawaii can only recommend marijuana treatment to patients who are diagnosed with one (or more) of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Hawaii. They include:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Cachexia (severe wasting syndrome)
- Severe pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures (including those typical of epilepsy)
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms including those specific to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Crohn’s Disease (IBD)
Hawaii Medical Marijuana (329 Card) Laws
Hawaii patients are held responsible to consume their medical marijuana in a safe, legal manner the moment that they are granted their medical card. Any Medical Marijuana patient in Hawaii should be aware of the following:
- Your patient status allows you to buy a 4 ounce supply of marijuana per week. There is no legal reason for you to possess any marijuana beyond your explicitly set limit.
- The only authorized locations for marijuana-related purchases are state-approved dispensaries. Personal sales are highly prohibited by the court of law and you should NOT engage with them in any way, shape, or form.
- Growing marijuana in Hawaii is allowed for patients who are registered with the MMP. However, the cultivation quantity should NOT exceed 10 plants at any stage of maturity. Moreover, for the cultivation to be legal, they must state their intent to grow cannabis on their initial application. Following the approval of their application, they will be allowed to cultivate marijuana on their private property, where no children are present.
- If your treatment includes hashish-based products OR any other type of marijuana concentrate, know that regulations for unlawful use and possession still apply. The state of HI treats hash and concentrates just as it treats marijuana – as a schedule I drug.
- Marijuana paraphernalia (such as bongs, tobacco blunts, rolling paper) is NOT necessary for any type of marijuana treatment. You have no legal excuse for possessing such an item, or, similar to cultivation, to be using it in order to create your own medication.
Hawaii Medical Marijuana Card
Learn all you need to know about what it means to be a medical marijuana patient in Hawaii.
Check out how to get a Hawaii Medical Marijuana Card for extensive information on obtaining a med card, renewing it, as well as any other questions you might have regarding the Hawaii 329 card rules.
Hawaii’s dispensary locations populate the island cluster’s four major counties – Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai, and Maui.
For a full account of the registered dispensaries in Hawaii, check out the HDOH’s official list of licensed marijuana establishments.