Caregiver Information

Can I be a caregiver for more than one patient? NO – Caregivers may only have one patient at any given time.

I’ve been asked to be a caregiver, do I have to register separately from the patient that I am caring for? NO – the qualifying patient must designate their caregiver on their application. At that time, all necessary registration information on the caregiver must be provided including a clear photocopy of their valid ID (driver’s license, state ID or passport) AND the caregiver must sign the application form.

As a caregiver, will I be required to pay a registration fee? NO – the qualifying patient will pay a single fee $38.50 for initial and renewal applications ($35 plus $3.50 portal administration fee) or $16.50 for a replacement or duplicate card. This fee covers both of your registration cards.

The patient that I am caring for decided to change caregivers, am I still protected? NO – once the qualifying patient notifies DOH of their intent to change caregivers, DOH will invalidate both your card and the patient’s card. Although the qualifying patient will be issued a new card, along with the NEW caregiver, the original caregiver (you) will not be protected.

As a caregiver, am I allowed to use (smoke, vape, ingest, etc.) medical marijuana? NO – as a caregiver, 1) you may grow medical marijuana on behalf of the qualifying patient if so designated by the qualifying patient on the application, 2) you must attest that you agree to undertake the responsibility for managing the well-being of the qualifying patient with respect to the medical use of marijuana, and 3) you may transport (but NOT inter-island) medical marijuana on behalf of the qualifying patient.

 

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