HAWAII’S MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA PROGRAM MOVED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ON JANUARY 1, 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, the Hawaii’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program was transferred from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health, according to Act 177.   Act 178  amends sections of HRS 329 Part IX , some notable changes…. Click here to read more general information about the Medical Marijuana Registry Program.




Patient/Caregivers:  Information about the registration process, registration cards, growing medical marijuana, and information for caregivers >>>>> Physicians/APRNs:  Learn about your rights as a physician, licensing and registration, patient registration procedures, and debilitating medical conditions >>>>> Law Enforcement:  Information for law enforcement on individual and grow site verification, designated officers and information access for law enforcement >>>>>

Photos courtesy of Loren Shaw

Medical Marijuana Registry Program

Remember, all support staff are doing their best to assist you. 

Your professional and respectful interaction with them is greatly appreciated!

Information Hotline – Call (808) 733-2177and listen to general information about the program. If you are located on Hawaii, you can call (808) 974-4000, ext. 32177; Maui, call (808) 984-2400, ext. 32177; Kauai call (808) 274-3141, ext. 32177 – for toll free access to the Information Hot Line.

NOTE: Caller’s must wait for the dial tone before dialing ext. 32177.  If you do not, you may be transferred to a random department within the state based on the timing of how you press the numbers 32177.  The individuals in those departments will not be able to assist you.

If you wish to communicate with DOH, email medicalmarijuana@doh.hawaii.gov. We will respond as soon as humanly possible! 

NOTE: As our processing volume increases with the anticipation of the opening of dispensaries, responses to inquiries may take a little longer than expected, but we will respond as soon as we are able to.

NOTE: APOLOGIES in advance!  There have been intermittent reports that individuals using iPads to register may (or may not) be able to complete the application.  If you are having difficulty submitting your application when using an iPad or smart phone, please try again using a desk top or lap top device and be sure to use an updated version of Firefox or Chrome as your browser.  Our programmers are diligently working on a fix for this and we appreciate your patience!

STATUS UPDATES:

Registry ApplicantsPlease check your account at medmj.ehawaii.gov WEEKLY for registration status updates.  The average turnaround time for processing complete applications is ten (10) business days, subject to volume and staffing.  The current turnaround time for complete applications is six (6) business days.

PLEASE BE ADVISED that “turnaround time” means the number of business days (sorry, we don’t work on weekends!)  from the date that the Physician/APRN submits the electronic application to DOH to the date that DOH reviews the application and issues a 329 Card.  Incomplete applications that are returned to either the patient or the physician for corrections are NOT in queue and it is the patient’s/physician’s responsibility to make the required corrections and resubmit within 30 days.  Resubmitted applications have a new turnaround time frame based on the date it is resubmitted to DOH.  All applications are reviewed/processed in the order received based on the date submitted/resubmitted.

  1. If you see:
    • Submitted to Physician/APRN“, your application has NOT been submitted to DOH by your physician/APRN.  Please follow up with your physician/APRN.
    • Submitted to DOH“, you application has been received by DOH, it has NOT been reviewed so it may NOT be complete.  All applications are processed in the order received.
    • Waiting for patient or waiting for physician/APRN“, your application was NOT complete and was returned electronically.  Check the email you used to register to see what corrections are needed, make the corrections and resubmit.  If you do NOT see a 329 Registration Number your card has not been issued, yet.
    • Registration Number“, your 329 Card has been processed and issued – please allow ample time for postal delivery.  Be sure to check the mailing address on your application to be sure there are NO ERRORS that may cause a postal deliver delay.  Some VALID address have taken up to 30 days for delivery.  If your mailing address is WRONG – please review Changes to Application Information and email medicalmarijuana@doh.hawaii.gov.
    • Waiting for Activation“, your 329 Card has been processed and issued – but you have a current valid card – your new card will be mailed to you but will not become “Active” until your current valid card expires.
  2. If you still have not received your 329 card in excess of 30 days since issuance, AND your mailing address is CORRECT, then email medicalmarijuana@doh.hawaii.gov and call your physician/APRN.  If for any reason your 329 card was returned to DOH due to an invalid address, the 329 card will be sent to your physician/APRN.
  3. Please remember that it is not the date you saw the physician/APRN, it is the date that the physician/APRN submits the application to DOH that triggers review and approval of your complete application.  Incomplete applications will take longer and will re-enter the queue based on the date that YOU resubmit.

 

Renewal applicants, be advised that if you use a different valid ID to register (different than the one you used the prior year), your 329 card will take an additional 5 – 10 business days to process.  If possible, use the same valid ID.  If this is not possible, please be patient as staff will need to pull your prior records from storage to verify the renewal before we can issue your new 329 Card.

Replacement, Changes, and Voids – To request a replacement, change, or to void your 329 card, please download our change packet and guide.

 

It’s NOT okay to drive a motor vehicle when under the influence of medical marijuana.