Is Weed Legal in Hawaii?
Marijuana. Weed. Cannabis. Pot. Hemp. Herb.
There are many names for it.
The question in an ever-changing field of legislation is:
Is Cannabis Legal in Hawaii?
Yes… but there are some restrictions to note.
I promise that by the end of this article, you’ll have a pretty good idea of everything you need to know!
It’s certainly popular in the great state of Hawaii.
That the law, especially in the context of drugs, is constantly changing.
The law in one location may be entirely different to another.
Please don’t blindly follow any one piece of advice on this matter.
If you are at all unsure, make sure you talk to a legal professional before you do anything.
Without further ado, let us delve into the world of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Laws.
Hawaii Weed Laws:
Is pot legal in Hawaii?
But there are restrictions.
When is it ever an easy yes, eh?
Hawaii Marijuana Legalization:
Hawaii legalized medical cannabis for qualifying patients, as of 2000.
This started off as only allowing qualifying medical patients to grow it, or to have a caretaker do it for them.
From 2015, however, Hawaii passed a bill allowing medical marijuana dispensaries.
Although they haven’t fully opened yet (they have started growing, but not dispensing, marijuana), the state has issued 8 licenses to dispense.
They are now open.
But what about non-medical use?
What about possession and use if you don’t have a medical card?
The answer, I’m afraid, is a No.
It is still illegal to possess and use marijuana without a medical marijuana card.
A word to the wise, unless you have a medical card, don’t risk it. It is still illegal and can attract a hefty fine or even a criminal record.
If you do have a medical card, then you’re in luck. But what are the medical uses for pot? And who may be eligible for a card? Let’s find out…
Why is Pot Legal in Hawaii?
Many studies have shown marijuana to be effective in treating or managing severe and debilitating illnesses, and as such, many places are now making medical marijuana legal.
The most common use is the treatment of pain and has been used to treat anything from severe headaches to cancer and long-term nerve conditions.
It is also used to treat muscle spasms, such as multiple sclerosis or Huntington’s, as well as seizure disorders.
It works by making certain chemicals in the body become more effective, especially in targeting inflammation (for pain).
The marijuana can be smoked, vaporized (heated till active ingredients are released, but doesn’t create smoke), eaten (such as cookies, brownies or candy) or taken as a liquid extract.
How Do I Get Medical Marijuana in Hawaii?
In order to grow or obtain medical marijuana in Hawaii, you need to have a Hawaii Medical Marijuana Card.
However, having the card doesn’t give you free reign to smoke wherever and whenever you like.
There are several restrictions put in place, such as a limit on how much you can possess. Holders may possess up to four ounces of ‘usable’ weed.
It should not be broken down into any less than one-ounce bags, or police may suspect you have an intent to sell (which is still illegal, even for patients).
The law also prohibits carrying marijuana in public places, so it is highly advisable to take only what you need when traveling.
There are also restrictions on how much you can purchase and how much you can carry.
It’s also a grey area in terms of transportation, and you cannot drive while under the influence.
What are the restrictions?
- Possession – you may only possess four ounces, in no less than one-ounce bags, at any given time
- Purchasing Limits – when dispensaries open, you’d be able to purchase up to eight ounces a month (4 ounces in any 15-day period)
- Consumption – in your own residence, away from public view. Smoking is not allowed in public in Hawaii
- Driving – you cannot drive while under the influence of cannabis (doing so carries the same penalties as drink driving)
- Transporting – this is a grey area, but it’s advised to carry only what you need and avoid, where possible, carrying it in a public place. It is strictly forbidden to transport it between the islands, however.
- Growing – you may only grow on private property out of the public eye. It is forbidden to grow marijuana on federal land.
How Do I Get a Card?
In order to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Hawaii, you would need to consult a medical professional, who will assess if you are eligible for a 329 Card.
(Click The Link Above to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card)
To get a 329 Card in Hawaii, you need to have an eligible debilitating condition:
- AIDS – HIV Positive
- Cachexia / Wasting Syndrome
- Seizure Disorder/Epilepsy
- Severe Pain
- Muscle Spasm (from Chron’s Disease or MS)
- Severe Nausea
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
This list suggests that only severe disorders will be considered when thinking about prescribing medical marijuana in Hawaii.
If you think you may have a disorder or illness that the use of medical marijuana may help with, contact us or book an appointment.
What Does The Process Look Like to Get the card?
Read Here for full details.
First, you need to ensure you have a ‘debilitating’ condition, and then book an appointment with a medical professional who is registered with the Department of Health.
You will then need to fill out an application form, which your medical professional will later approve. The Department of Health will then need to review your application and, if approved, will send you your card (called the 329 card).
For more information, go to the Department of Health website at: http://health.hawaii.gov/medicalcannabis/
This card will then have to be renewed every 12 months.
Be sure to take this card with you whenever you go to the dispensary.
What Does The Future Hold?
Well, to begin with, very soon, you’d be able to legally buy weed from the government.
Who would have thought that would ever be the case?
We are definitely a very long way away from just anyone being able to buy pot, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
And as more studies are done to show how successful weed can be in treating serious illnesses, more places are likely to follow suit.