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This is How You Will Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Hawaii
The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Hawaii
Cannabis in Hawaii is illegal for recreational use. Possession is permitted only for medical use and otherwise remains a criminal infraction. A popular Hawaiian language term for cannabis is pakalolo (crazy tobacco), and the term appears in the Hawaiian newspaper Ka Nonanona as early as 1842. Hawaii is famous for its cannabis, with many strains developed locally. Marijuana has been a part of Hawaii’s culture for a long time, and some people are surprised that Hawaii isn’t leading the charge when it comes to legalizing marijuana.
Medical marijuana patients must register electronically with the state’s Department of Health (DOH) through a certified caregiver. Registered medical cannabis patients and registered caregivers are permitted up to four (4) ounces, or 113.4 grams, of usable cannabis and can cultivate up to ten (10) plants. Patients can designate a caregiver to assist with acquiring, cultivating and using medical cannabis. Patients and caregivers can use an affirmative defense in court.
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
- Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
- Severe nausea
- Severe pain
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease
Applications must be submitted electronically. Patients must first create an eHawaii.gov account and then login at the DOH’s Medical Marijuana Registry , where an online application, accompanying documents, and a $38.50 fee are required. A verified caregiver must also certify the patient’s medical condition and submit an application to the DOH.
Patients can purchase medical cannabis from the state-regulated dispensaries. Hawaiian state law establishes dispensary operating hours as 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Types of marijuana available in dispensaries
You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best marijuana for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.
Dispensaries will also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:
- Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
- Transdermal Products (Topicals): creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
- Seeds: seeds that can be used to grow your own marijuana plants. Stores will have many different strains of Indicas and Sativas.
- Clones: healthy seedlings that are ready be grown.
The law says medical marijuana dispensaries will not be permitted to sell dabs and waxes, typically processed with butane.
You may only consume marijuana in a private residence.