The Hawaii Department of Health is responsible for administering two distinct but related medical marijuana programs. Both the Medical Marijuana Registry Program and the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program are designed to ensure medical marijuana is accessible for Hawaii’s patients, while making patient safety and public safety its ultimate priorities.
The Medical Marijuana Registry Program was created by Act 228 (Session Laws of Hawaii 2000), and is codified in the Hawaii Revised Statutes at part IX, Chapter 329, HRS.
The Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program was created by Act 241 (Session Laws of Hawaii 2015), and is codified in the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) at Chapter 329D, HRS.
The Hawaii Department of Health’s Harm Reduction Services Branch has administered the Medical Marijuana Registry Program since it was transferred from the Hawaii Department of Public Safety on January 1, 2015.
Hawaii law requires all qualified patients to be registered with the Medical Marijuana Registry Program before they begin to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The registration process begins when an appropriately licensed physician certifies that the patient has a health condition that can benefit from medical marijuana. The patient is registered when the Department of Health issues a 329 Registration Card. The department’s goal is to issue the patient’s 329 Registration Card in a timely manner so that patients can begin or continue to legally use medical marijuana.
The Department of Health is also required to provide law enforcement officials with limited access to the Medical Marijuana Registry Program’s data base as a tool to safeguard the community against illegal marijuana use and/or illegal marijuana grow sites.
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If you wish to communicate with the Medical Marijuana Registry Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your inquiries as soon as humanly possible.
Registry Applicants, be sure to check your account at medmj.ehawaii.gov WEEKLY for registration status updates. Our current turnaround time is ten (10) business days. If you do NOT see a 329 Registration Number your card has not been issued, yet. If you do see a 329 Registration Number, please allow ample time for postal delivery. Please do not call or email for status updates.
The Hawaii Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance oversees the dispensary licensure program to monitor the quality of the marijuana products from seed to sale. This includes statewide oversight of the laboratories that test the safety and quality of the marijuana and manufactured marijuana products, and monitoring of the dispensaries who will grow, manufacture, and sell the products to qualified patients.
Act 241 was signed into law in July 2015 and became Chapter 329D, HRS. The Hawaii Department of Health will begin administering the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program in 2016 and dispensaries may begin to dispense medical marijuana and manufactured medical marijuana products as early as July 2016 with departmental approval.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Hawaii since 2000, but access to medical marijuana remained a challenge. Patients and caregivers could legally grow their own marijuana plants within certain parameters. Advocates of medical marijuana have hailed the dispensary program as a major breakthrough. The goal of the dispensary licensure program is to make medicinal products readily available for registered patients while balancing the health and safety of patients and the public.
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If you wish to communicate with the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program, please email email@example.com. We will respond to your inquiries as soon as humanly possible.
Dispensary Applicants, be sure to regularly check Dispensary Updates (on the left side of this page) for information on dispensary licensing requirements, frequently asked questions (FAQ), and other valuable updates.
Medical Marijuana Laws, Rules, and Other Relevant Resources
Act 228 SLH 2000 – Hawaii’s initial Medical Use of Marijuana law.
Act 178 SLH 2013 – Makes several changes to the current law (such as: “adequate supply” of medical marijuana changes to 7 plants, regardless of maturity; useable marijuana changes to 4 oz; increase in registration fees from $25 to $35; and other changes) please read Act 178 for more information.
Act 241 SLH 2015 – Hawaii’s Dispensary law that paves the way for the establishment of dispensaries in the state of Hawaii and also amends other existing laws with respect to the medical use of marijuana.
Act 242 SLH 2015 – Adds non-discriminatory language to existing laws as they may pertain to the medical use of marijuana.
Chapter 11-160, HAR – DOH Administrative Rules for the medical use of marijuana.
HRS 329 Hawaii’s Uniformed Controlled Substances Act (see part IX – Medical Use of Marijuana).
HRS 329, Part IX Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Registry Law
HRS 329D Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Law
HRS328J Hawaii’s Smoke Free Law – all of which are directly applicable to smoking or vaping marijuana.