The Hawaii Department of Health is responsible for administering two distinct but related medical cannabis programs. Both the Medical Cannabis Registry Program and the Medical Cannabis Dispensary Program are designed to ensure medical cannabis is accessible for Hawaii’s patients, while making patient safety and public safety its ultimate priorities.
The Medical Cannabis 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 Cannabis 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.
If you are planning on acquiring medical cannabis from a dispensary, you must have 1) your valid 329 card, and 2) valid state ID, valid state driver’s license, or valid passport book (not passport card) on your person to gain entry.
The Hawaii Department of Health’s Harm Reduction Services Branch has administered the Medical Cannabis 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 Cannabis Registry Program before they begin to use cannabis 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 cannabis. 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 cannabis.
The Department of Health is also required to provide law enforcement officials with limited access to the Medical Cannabis Registry Program’s database as a tool to safeguard the community against illegal cannabis use and/or illegal cannabis grow sites.
For more information please check our program website.
Processing Times for November 18, 2019
In-State applications received 10/28-29/2019
Out-of-State applications: current
Change packets received 10/6/19
Out-of-State Patients: You are able to apply 60 days prior to your requested start date. We do not recommend you submit your application on the same day or a few days prior to your requested start date. Although we have been able to accommodate the majority of our applicants, our review process for each case varies. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Registry Applicants, be sure to check your account at medmj.ehawaii.gov for registration status updates. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email notification directing you to login to your account and retrieve a copy of your 329 card which can be saved to your mobile devices and/or printed in hard copy to keep in your wallet.
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. We will respond to your inquiries as soon as we can.
The Hawaii Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance oversees the dispensary licensure program to monitor the quality of the cannabis products from seed to sale. This includes statewide oversight of the laboratories that test the safety and quality of the cannabis and manufactured cannabis 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 Cannabis Dispensary Program in 2016 and dispensaries may begin to dispense medical cannabis and manufactured medical cannabis products as early as July 2016 with departmental approval.
Medical cannabis has been legal in Hawaii since 2000, but access to medical cannabis remained a challenge. Patients and caregivers could legally grow their own cannabis plants within certain parameters. Advocates of medical cannabis 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 Cannabis Dispensary Program, please email [email protected]. 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.