What’s Staying the Same
- Physicians must still certify that their patient has a qualifying debilitating medical condition as specified in HRS-329 part IX.
- Caregivers must be 18 years or older.
- A qualifying patient can have only one caregiver, and can be the caregiver for only one qualifying patient (someone else).
- A caregiver may be the caregiver for only one qualifying patient, and can also be a patient themselves.
- The parent, guardian or legal custodian of a minor (or adult lacking legal capacity) qualifying patient MUST register as the caregiver for that minor.
- If qualifying patients want to grow their own medical cannabis OR have their designated caregiver grow the medical cannabis for them, a “grow site” MUST be designated on the application to DOH. The grow site must be either the residence of the patient or caregiver OR it may be another site (preferably with a street address) that is owned or controlled by the qualifying patient or the designated caregiver.
- Only one grow site can be designated per qualifying patient.
- If the grow site is NOT designated on the application, it will NOT be on the registration card and the qualifying patient and/or caregiver that is growing medical cannabis will NOT be protected under the law until this information is updated with DOH. That is, all plants growing at a location that is NOT registered are subject to immediate removal by law enforcement and/or any other applicable actions by law enforcement for non-compliance with the law. FYI – your plants are not properly registered anytime the address on your 329 card does NOT match the location that your plant’s are growing at.