The Hawaiian government signed its medical marijuana program into law in 2000. Patients in Hawaii are permitted to possess up to four ounces of usable marijuana at any given time, however, if more than one patient lives in a household this number must be shared between them. Hawaiian law allows patients to cultivate up to seven marijuana plants at home at any given time, whether mature or immature. Although there are no state-licensed dispensaries currently operational in Hawaii, the first are slated to open in 2016.  An estimated 13,800 patients are currently enrolled in Hawaii’s medical marijuana program, which has no reciprocity clause and is therefore only available to state residents. Applications for medical cannabis cards in Hawaii are processed through Hawaii’s Department of Health, Medical Marijuana Registry Program.  The department allows Hawaiian patients to  attain their medical marijuana card online. To qualify, patients must undergo a medical marijuana evaluation from a licensed physician and supply proof that they suffer from a qualifying ailment. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and are obligated supply an application fee of $38.50. Hawaii currently identifies 10 qualifying conditions:
  • Cachexia/ Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn's disease
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Nausea
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Seizures
For further information, patients can contact Hawaii’s Department of Health by phone or email.