Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Marijuana Card in Hawaii

Updated on December 13, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.

A diagnosis with one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Hawaii is a vital requirement to access medicinal cannabis in the state. If you are suffering from an ailment that is not on the list, it is unlikely that a medical marijuana doctor will certify you for the Hawaii 329 card.

This page will focus on equipping you with the knowledge you need on the Hawaii medical marijuana requirements, including the qualifying conditions for a medical card. As a result, your application for the Hawaii medical card will be straightforward. After going over this page, schedule an appointment with a Hawaii marijuana doctor near you and get certified for the Hawaii 329 card.

Who qualifies for medical marijuana in Hawaii?

There are two different ways to qualify for medical cannabis in Hawaii. These are:

  • In-state Patient Application (ISP) – for residents of Hawaii
  • Out-of-state Patient Application (OSP) – for short term visitors in Hawaii

To be eligible for the state program, you must meet all of the following criteria in your registration category:

In-state Eligibility

  • Must be diagnosed with one or more of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Hawaii.
  • Certified by a licensed physician or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Hawaii.
  • Valid Hawaii ID, Driver’s License, or Passport Book.

Out-of-state Eligibility

  • 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.

Is there a list of qualifying conditions in Hawaii?

Yes, there is a list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana treatment in Hawaii. Section 121 of HRS-329 defines all the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Hawaii. And as mentioned earlier, Hawaii medical marijuana doctors can only certify patients that suffer from either of these medical conditions.

The Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Card In Hawaii includes:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Cancer

Epilepsy

Glaucoma

HIV/AIDS

Lupus

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Any debilitating illness which causes or whose treatment leads to:
    • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
    • Severe pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including those typical of epilepsy
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms. (Including those caused by multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease.)
  • And any other condition approved by the Department of Health following a response to a petition from a medical practitioner or potentially qualifying patient.

I Qualify for a Medical Card in Hawaii – What’s next?

Once you confirm that you meet all the Hawaii medical marijuana card requirements, you can go ahead and begin your application for the Hawaii 329 card. Simply follow the step-by-step process below:

  1. First, schedule an appointment with a Hawaii medical marijuana doctor near you to get certified for medical marijuana.
  2. Visit the Hawaii Department of Health Medical Cannabis Registry and create your account.
  3. Next, complete the Hawaii 329 card application and upload the required documents.
  4. Pay $38.50 for your Hawaii medical card.
  5. The certifying Hawaii medical marijuana doctor will review and submit your application to the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH).
  6. The Hawaii Department of Health will approve your application, and you can download your Hawaii 329 card. (Please note: Hawaii does NOT issue physical 329 cards)

You can find out more about the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program here.

Which documents are required for the Hawaii Medical Card application?

When applying for the Hawaii medical marijuana card, you must have the following documents on hand ready for upload to complete your application:

  1. Your government-issued ID card. For example:
    • Hawaii state identification Card.
    • Hawaii driver’s license
    • Birth certificate for minors.
  2. Your caregiver’s government-issued ID card (If applicable)
  3. A complete and signed caregiver certification. (If applicable)
  4. A complete and signed grow site certification (If you wish to grow medical marijuana in Hawaii)

Common questions about Qualifying for a Medical Card In Hawaii

Below are the answers to common questions patients have about the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Hawaii.