Who qualifies for Medical Marijuana in Hawaii

Who qualifies for Medical Marijuana in Hawaii

by | Sep 1, 2020 | Health & Relief

In the state of Hawaii, a patient who has been diagnosed with any of the qualifying medical conditions is legally protected under the Hawaii Medical Marijuana law, as per the Senate Bill 862 (PDF).  A patient suffering from one of the following life-threatening, debilitating or otherwise severe conditions listed below and who have not responded to traditional medical treatments, might qualify for Medical Marijuana treatment in Hawaii:

  • ALS
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms (severe and persistent)
  • Nausea
  • PTSD
  • Pain (Chronic or severe)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures
  • Wasting syndrome

Information about the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program

  1. To enroll in the program the patient must be eighteen (18) years or older. A patient younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have a legal guardian or custodial parent registered as their designated ‘Approved Caregiver‘.
  2. The patient must have a valid ID card either in the form of a state issued ID card, a state Driver’s License, or a U.S passport.
  3. The Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program does not require the patient to be a resident of Hawaii state. However, the patient must either be a resident in the state of Hawaii or be a ‘Qualifying visiting patient’.

    * If the patient does not have a valid state issued ID card or Driver’s license, a U.S passport along with a document that serves as a proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill might be accepted.

    * Visiting patients must bring their Registry ID card and certification from their home state, a copy of a valid photo ID. 

  4. The patient must obtain an evaluation from a certified practitioner within the state, and be diagnosed with one or more of the qualifying medical conditions listed above. The patient will need to obtain a written certification from a certified practitioner who is a licensed to practice and recommend medical marijuana treatment in the state of Hawaii.
  5. All patients are required to obtain legitimate health documentation or medical records outlining their specific diagnosis. The patient’s existing medical records should be transferred to the recommending certified practitioner prior to their first visit. This is to ensure that the process can proceed without delay.
  6. After the patient has received the recommendation from their physician, they must register as a patient at the Hawaii Department of Health Medical Marijuana Authority and apply for a Medical Marijuana ID Card (Registry ID). You can submit your application with the Patient Registry.

    * You must pay the application fee of $35 + $3.50 (portal administration fee)

  7. Once the application process is complete, and if the patient has been approved,  the patient will receive an email from the Hawaii Department of Health Services,  informing them of the approval. The Medical Marijuana ID Card (Patient License) will be sent via regular mail to the address provided in the patient’s application.

More information about the application process can be found at Hawaii Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program.

Accessing Medical Marijuana in Hawaii

Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, which means that doctors cannot prescribe this drug to their patients because marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Therefore, patients cannot fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy in the traditional way, but must instead obtain a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor that will supply the patient with medical marijuana  from a dispensary, in compliance with the law of the state. A dispensary is considered by law to be a different kind of establishment to an ordinary pharmacy, this means that regular prescriptions cannot be filled at a dispensary. 

Once you have obtained your Medical Marijuana ID Card, you may purchase your medical marijuana from a certified dispensary. 

* Patients may possess a limited amount of seven (7) marijuana seedlings in an enclosed, locked facility, out of which only three (3) are allowed to be mature plants. 

More information about the Hawaii Medical Marijuana laws can be found here.