Marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii
Marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii
Visiting a Dispensary in Hawaii
Hawaii is known the world over for its incredible beaches, perfect tropical weather, and incredible natural parks. The state’s island lifestyle goes hand-in-hand with its marijuana dispensaries for medical cannabis, usage of which is legal; recreational use has not yet been approved, but the state has decriminalized possession of up to 3 grams.
The Lowdown on Hawaii Cannabis Laws
In 2000, Hawaii became the first state to legalize medical cannabis use via legislation through the passage of Act 228 (although no dispensaries were licensed until 2018). In 2019, the state passed HB 1383, which decriminalized possession of up to 3 grams of non-medical marijuana and allowed for prisoners convicted of nonviolent drug charges (with convictions of possession of 3 grams or less) to petition for release to a drug-treatment program and have their records expunged after program completion.
Recreational Cannabis Laws in Hawaii
Unfortunately, there is no legal access to recreational cannabis in the state. State dispensaries are unable to sell cannabis or marijuana in any form to consumers unless they have a medical cannabis registration card.
Medical Cannabis Laws in Hawaii
Patients can purchase medical marijuna with a medical card—also known as a 329 card—through the state’s Medical Cannabis Program and have a qualifying condition, including:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
Muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn's disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Patients or physicians can petition the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) to add new conditions.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Hawaii
To obtain a 329 card, patients must register with the Medical Cannabis Registry and:
Provide medical certification from a doctor or APRN
Provide a government-issued ID to prove residency and identity (such as a driver’s license or passport)
If applicable, designate a caretaker
There’s a $38.50 fee for a one-year 329 card, and a $77 fee for a two-year card (although these are only allowed for certain qualifying conditions).
There’s no additional fee if a caregiver is added to the application, but the caretaker must provide a copy of a state-issued ID and sign the patient’s application form.
Hawaii allows visitors to participate in their Medical Marijuana Program as long as their medical condition is on the state’s list of qualifying conditions. Out-of-state patients must apply 60 days prior to their requested start date with the Medical Cannabis Registry Program and:
Provide a state ID or driver’s license from their home state
Provide a valid government-issued medical marijana card from their home state
There’s a non-refundable application fee of $49.50. Once approved, registrations are active for no more than 60 days and no more than two 60-day periods in a calendar year. Patients who visit more than twice a year can apply for an in-state card. While caregivers can be included in the visitor application for minors, they cannot be added for adults.
Where is it Legal to Consume Cannabis in Hawaii
Medical marijuana usage is only legal in private residences. It’s illegal to use marijuana in any smoke-free location, in recreational or youth centers, in public parks or beaches, on school grounds, in any place of employment, and in a moving vehicle.
When transporting medical cannabis, it must be in a sealed container that’s not visible to the public, and should not be removed from a sealed container it was sold in.
How to Buy Cannabis at a Hawaii Dispensary
It’s only legal to purchase cannabis from a licensed recreational dispensary in Hawaii. At this time, there are dispensaries on the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii. Dispensary hours are generally from 9am-6pm, with some locations offering curbside pickup.
Cannabis Taxes in Hawaii
Hawaii has a 4% tax on medical marijuana retail sales on the islands of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii, and a 4.5% tax on the island of Oahu. There is no excise tax on any island.