Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Marijuana (329) Card in Hawaii

Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya on March 1, 2024

Medical marijuana use is legal in Hawaii, but patients must have a medical marijuana card (329 card) first. Fortunately, getting a 329 card in Hawaii is easy.

By the end of this page, you will have the answers to these questions:

  • What are the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Hawaii?
  • Am I eligible for a medical marijuana card in Hawaii?
  • How do I apply for the Hawaii 329 card?

All the information on this page is sourced directly from the official Hawaii Department of Health website. So, you can trust that you are reading an accurate and up-to-date resource. Let’s proceed.

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Visiting patients can access medicinal cannabis in the Aloha state. But the qualifications differ slightly; we will cover them further in this post.

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Hawaii

The list of qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card in Hawaii include:

You may also be eligible for the 329 card if your illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following:

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Seizures, including those distinctive of epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those typical of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe pain

What if my condition is not on the list qualifying conditions?

So, your illness is not among the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Hawaii? Don’t lose hope just yet. Under the Hawaii marijuana laws, residents can submit petitions to the Department of Health (DOH) to have new conditions added to the list. The DOH reviews these petitions and decides whether to approve or reject them. For instance, ALS became a qualifying condition in 2017 after the DOH approved a petition.

Still, a petition does not always guarantee that an illness will make the list of qualifying conditions. In 2020, residents submitted petitions for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Yet the Department of Health denied their inclusion. 

It’s worth noting that deciding whether a condition qualifies for cannabis treatment is a complex process. And it involves review by medical professionals and the legislature. Indeed, a denial may be disappointing, especially to those suffering from these conditions. But remember, the Department of Health makes informed decisions based on research and medical advice.

Requirements for a 329 Card in Hawaii

Getting a Hawaii 329 card is relatively easy, provided you meet these requirements:

  • You’ve been certified for medicinal cannabis by a licensed medical marijuana doctor. The certification proves that you have one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card.
  • You’ve registered with the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Program through the web portal: Medmj.ehawaii.gov

For those under 18, medical cannabis might be an option if they have a qualifying condition and a caregiver to apply for them. Minors must have a parent or legal guardian submit the application and provide a birth certificate as part of the process.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Hawaii

If you’re wondering how to get a medical marijuana card in Hawaii, let us put your mind at ease. With Quick Med Cards, the process is quicker and easier than you might think.

First-time patients are required to have an in-person consultation. This is necessary to establish a bona fide patient-doctor relationship. Don’t worry about complicated forms or lengthy wait times. With just a few easy steps, you can get your Hawaii medical marijuana card quickly. You’ll be in good hands with our compassionate and experienced doctors.

1. Sign up with Quick Med Cards and schedule an appointment with one of our Hawaii medical marijuana doctors near you.

2. Attend your consultation in person and receive your marijuana certification.

3. Next, create an account on the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Patient Registry website.

4. Complete the application online and pay the state fees ($38.50 for a 1-year registration). 

5. Then, our Hawaii MMJ doctor will submit their part of the application for you.

6. Finally, receive your Hawaii 329 card. It’s that simple.

You will receive an email notification once the Department of Health approves your application. After the confirmation, log into your medmj.ehawaii.gov account and download your digital Hawaii 329 card.

Hawaii Medical Marijuana Card Renewal

Renewing your Hawaii 329 card is a breeze! Thanks to online renewals through telemedicine, you can consult with a Hawaii medical marijuana doctor over a video call. So, you do not even have to leave home to update your certification. Say goodbye to in-person trips to the doctor’s office.

And that is not all! As a renewing patient, you can extend your card’s validity period for two years instead of just one. Of course, you’ll need to meet specific eligibility requirements to qualify for the extended renewal period.

You can renew your Hawaii 329 card 60 days before it expires. Expect an email from the Cannabis Registry notifying you when it’s time to start the Hawaii medical marijuana card renewal.

And the process is simple:

1. To begin, schedule an appointment with one of our Hawaii medical marijuana doctors.

2. Attend your online marijuana evaluation via video call.

3. Receive your renewed medical marijuana certification.

4. Log into your medmj.ehawaii.gov account and complete the renewal application.

5. Pay for your Hawaii medical marijuana card. ($38.50 for a 1-year registration or $77.00 for two years)

6. Download your new Hawaii 329 card. It will be valid once the validity of your current card lapses.

Who qualifies for the two-year Hawaii 329 card renewal?

You may be eligible for a two-year renewal option when renewing your Hawaii 329 card if you meet the following qualifications:

  • The same medical provider who certified you the previous year must recertify you. 
  • Your physician must confirm that your condition is chronic.
  • Finally, your certifying physician must recommend that a two-year registration is in your best interest.

Hawaii Out-of-State Medical Card Requirements

Visiting patients are allowed to get medical marijuana during their stay. However, non-residents cannot use their out-of-state medical cards to buy marijuana from local dispensaries. Instead, they must apply for a Hawaii out-of-state medical card. This card is temporary and is only valid for 60 days.

Are you a tourist visiting Hawaii in need of medical marijuana? If so, you must meet the requirements below:

  • You must already be certified in your home state for a qualifying medical condition that is also recognized in Hawaii. 
  • You’ll also need to bring a valid state-issued medical marijuana card from your home state. 
  • Lastly, you must submit your valid state ID or driver’s license when applying for the Hawaii out-of-state card.

Requirements to Become a Caregiver in Hawaii

In Hawaii, caregivers are a vital part of the medical marijuana program. Caregivers are responsible for managing their patient’s well-being and medical marijuana use. They can legally buy, grow, and transport medicinal cannabis for their patients.

So, how do you become a caregiver in Hawaii? First, you must be at least 18 years old. And a qualifying patient must list you as their caregiver when they apply through the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Program. The qualifying patient must upload their identifying information to the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Program Registry. For example:

  • A clear copy of your valid ID, for instance, your driver’s license, state ID, or passport).
  • Moreover, you must sign the caregiver application. (It is worth noting that caregivers do not pay the state fee for the Hawaii 329 card.)

Hawaii marijuana laws are specific in that qualifying patients can only have one caregiver. However, minor patients can have two caregivers. But caregivers for patients under 18 must be their parents, guardians, or individuals with legal custody. Also important, while caregivers can handle medicinal cannabis, it is unlawful for them to use it.

Key Takeaways

  • A Hawaii cannabis doctor must certify you before you can get a 329 card. The certification confirms that you have a qualifying medical condition.
  • You must be at least 18 to apply for the Hawaii 329 card. Still, minors may also qualify with the consent of their parental or legal guardian.
  • First-time 329 card applicants must have an in-person consultation for their marijuana consultation.
  • A Hawaii cannabis doctor can certify you for medical marijuana over a video call via telemedicine if you are a renewing patient.
  • Visiting patients can get medical marijuana in Hawaii by applying for an out-of-state medical card.

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Common Questions about the Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Card in Hawaii

Do you still have questions about the qualifying conditions and requirements for a medical card in Hawaii? You might find the answers below.

What qualifies for a medical card in Hawaii?

You can get a medical marijuana card in Hawaii if a licensed cannabis doctor certifies that you have one of the following qualifying conditions:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

You may also be eligible if your condition or its treatment produces one or more of the following:

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those typical of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe pain

How hard is it to get a medical card in Hawaii?

If you are searching for an easy and cheap way to get a 329 card in Hawaii, you should try Quick Med Cards. All you have to do is:

1. Book an in-person evaluation with one of our Hawaii medical marijuana doctors and get certified for medical marijuana.

2. Afterward, create a Medmj.ehawaii.gov account and complete your registration. Next, pay the state fees, and our Hawaii 329 doctor will submit your application.

3. Soon enough, you can download your Hawaii 329 card. It’s that easy with Quick Med Cards.

How much does it cost to get a medical card in Hawaii?

It costs $38.50 annually or $77.00 for a 2-year Hawaii medical card. The fee is slightly higher at $49.50 for out-of-state patients.

It’s worth noting that the cost of getting a medical marijuana certification from a licensed doctor is separate from the state fees. Consider using Quick Med Cards for the cheapest MMJ certifications in Hawaii.

How long does it take to get a 329 card in Hawaii?

The Hawaii Department of Health processes medical card applications in 3 to 5 business days. And this applies to 329 cards for residents and out-of-state medical cards for visiting patients.

Can you get a medical card for depression in Hawaii?

No. Unfortunately, depression is not a qualifying condition for a medical card in Hawaii.

Despite a petition to add it to the list in 2020, the Hawaii Department of Health decided not to. Still, if depression is a symptom of a qualifying condition like PSTD, then you may get a Hawaii medical marijuana card.

Does Hawaii allow out-of-state medical cards?

Yes, out-of-state medical cards are accepted in Hawaii.

However, visiting patients must use their current medical cards to complete the out-of-state patient (OSP) application and get temporary 329 cards. With the Hawaii out-of-state MMJ card, non-residents can buy and access medicinal cannabis during their stay.

How do I get a 60-day medical card in Hawaii?

Hawaii marijuana laws allow visiting patients to apply for a 60-day temporary 329 or out-of-state medical card.

To qualify, you must be certified in your home state for one or more of the qualifying medical conditions recognized in Hawaii. And you must have a valid medical cannabis registration card from your home state. Also, you must submit your valid state ID or driver’s license during your Hawaii out-of-state MMJ application.

Do you need a medical card to buy from a dispensary in Hawaii?

Yes. You need a 329 card before you can buy medical marijuana from dispensaries in Hawaii.

While some states have legalized recreational marijuana, it is only legal for medical use in Hawaii. So, bring your valid 329 card plus a valid state ID, driver’s license, or passport when you visit a medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii.

Patient Resources and Forms

How to Contact the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Registry Program

State Agency: State of Hawaii, Department of Health

Phone: 808-733-2177 daily between 8:30 AM-3:30 PM (HST)


Medical Cannabis Program
4348 Waialae Avenue, #648 Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Email: medicalcannabis@doh.hawaii.gov

Website: https://health.hawaii.gov/medicalcannabisregistry/