How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Hawaii [2020 Update]

  • How to get your medical marijuana card in Hawaii?

  • The requirements and costs, and the process step-by-step.

  • The details of how to renew your Hawaii medical marijuana card online using telehealth.

  • The laws regarding growing marijuana in Hawaii.

  • The qualifying conditions for legal medical marijuana.

  • Hawaii marijuana laws, as well as Q&A.

What is Hawaii Marijuana Telemedicine?

It's the way to renew a Hawaii medical card online from home!

Hawaii – Telehealth gives patients the opportunity to visit with a marijuana card doctor in Hawaii using your smart phone, tablet, or personal computer. Online medcard renewal appointments help reduce the spread and exposure of patients to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Qualified renewal patients can get legal THC and CBD medicine for the treatment of several qualifying conditions.

Live marijuana telehealth appointments can be done from anywhere in the state online without having to leave the house. No travel, in person doctor office visit, or inconvenience. Your Hawaii medical card will be renewed after the doctors approval. It doesn’t get any more germ free than this!

If you’re ready, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form, press submit, and you’re on your way to a marijuana doctors renewal appointment from the comfort of your living room or dining room table. You will receive an email with follow up details as well. Renew today.

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Hawaii Qualifying Conditions for Legal Medical Marijuana

Overview

“Pakalolo!” That’s what the native Hawaiians have been calling marijuana for eons. The term literally translates to “crazy tobacco.” But it’s not so crazy when it is being used to improve the quality of life of those seeking relief from qualifying medical conditions.

Albeit illegal, Hawaii was famous for its craft growers in the late 70s. Maui Wowee and Blue Hawaiian were some of the most popular and sought-after strains of the day. It is believed that Hawaii’s marijuana sales at the time were higher than that of sugar cane or pineapples.

Although medical marijuana was technically legalized in Hawaii way back in the year 2000, it’s dispensary program did not launch until July of 2016. Up until dispensaries opened, patients and caregivers were required to cultivate their own medical marijuana.

The first legal medicinal marijuana sale didn’t happen until August 2017.

In order to be granted a medical marijuana card in Hawaii, you need to be approved by a state-certified physician who holds both a Hawaii Medical License and a Hawaii Controlled Substance License. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) who have prescriptive authority can also be certified by the state.

In order for a doctor to grant access to medical marijuana, he or she must accept “ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care, and treatment of a qualifying patient’s debilitating medical condition with respect to the medical use of cannabis.”

How to get a medical marijuana card in Hawaii

Getting a medical marijuana card in Hawaii is not a difficult process. However, there are some restrictions and qualifications that you’ll need to meet. We’ll go over those below.

Here are step-by-step instructions for how to get a medical marijuana card in Hawaii:

Step 1

Schedule an appointment with a certifying physician/APRN

Step 2

Create an account on the application portal. You’ll find all the links below.

While you’re there, watch the Instructions Overview video which goes over the application process in detail.

When you’re ready, fill out the online application and upload the required documents.

Step 3

Once your application is completed you will need to submit it to your physician/APRN during your initial consultation. 

Be sure to bring any pertinent medical records with you to the appointment. 

If the physician/APRN certifies that you have been diagnosed with one of the qualifying medical conditions, he or she will submit your application to the DOH.

Medical marijuana consultation fees generally range between $150 to $200. 

If you are approved you will receive your Hawaii medical marijuana card in the mail within 10 business days. You may also use an electronic card offered by the state (assuming you’ve got mobile internet or the dispensary has wifi). 

Be sure to double-check your application as your physician will not be allowed to make changes. 

When entering your name, you must use the name that is on your I.D. card including middle initial if there is one otherwise your application will be rejected. 

If your application is rejected it can delay approval by a month or more.

If you have an assigned caregiver you are responsible for ensuring that the caregiver has a valid card.

Telemedicine/telehealth appointments

Although medical marijuana doctors in Hawaii must examine a patient in person for the initial consultation, follow-up appointments can often be done via phone or video conference from the comfort of home via telemedicine appointment.

Not all Hawaii medical marijuana doctors and RNs offer telemedicine services, so ask about it in advance if it’s important to you due to lack of mobility or just for convenience.

Important rules and regulations

I.D. card copies

You are permitted to make copies of your Hawaii medical marijuana card in case you lose your original card. It is highly recommended that you do so.

Public use

Medical marijuana patients are not permitted to consume marijuana in any public space including while in a car. This includes public beaches, recreation centers, school campuses, and public parks. Use at your place of employment is also forbidden.

Paraphernalia

Dispensaries are not permitted to sell paraphernalia such as rolling papers, pipes, and vaporizers.

Hawaii MedCard Q&A
Other Important Information about Hawaii Marijuana Cards

How Much Does a Hawaii Medical Card Cost To Get From The State?

The Hawaii medical marijuana card fee is $38.50 ($35 application fee + $3.50 portal administration fee).

The fees will be collected when you first apply for your Hawaii medical marijuana card.

A 1-year renewal costs $38.50, and the 2-year renewal fee is $77.00.

If you lose your card a $16.50 fee will be charged for a replacement card.

You can pay all fees with a credit or debit card or electronic transfer from your checking account.

How much does a Recommending Marijuana Doctor in Hawaii Cost?

The Average Cost to visit a Certified Ordering Doctor is $150 – $200 for the initial visit and $75 – $150 for the follow up visit.

Can doctors prescribe medical marijuana?

Doctors are actually not permitted to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients. However, if they are registered by the state, a doctor can recommend medical marijuana and approve their patients for access to the drug.

How old do I have to be to get my Hawaii MedCard?

You must be 21 or older to receive a medical marijuana card in Hawaii.

However, minor patients may take part in the program with the consent and oversight of a parent or legal guardian.

What are the residency requirements?

In order to be eligible for a Hawaii medical marijuana card you must be a resident of the state for at least 120 days and have a valid driver’s license or state photo identification card. A valid passport is also acceptable.

How to renew a Hawaii medical marijuana card?

Your card is good for up to two years depending on your circumstances. 

You should receive a renewal notice from the medical cannabis registry via email no later than 60 days prior to your card expiration date. You must complete the renewal process prior to the expiry of your card.

Two-year renewal

Some medical marijuana patients in Hawaii are eligible for a two-year renewal if you are renewed by the same doctor as the previous year as long as your condition is deemed to be chronic. 

Not all physicians and APRNs will agree to provide a two-year renewal. It’s best to ask about their policy on two-year renewals before your initial consultation if that is important to you.

Does Hawaii offer reciprocity for out of state cards?

If you have an out-of-state medical marijuana card you might be eligible for access to medical marijuana while they are visiting Hawaii.

An application must be submitted online no earlier than 60 days before your scheduled visit. See links below.

There is an application fee of $49.50 for a temporary medical marijuana card. 

The card is good for 60 days. 

If you are approved you will be allowed two registrations per calendar year.

The state recommends that you check the locations of dispensaries and their available products on the island you plan to visit before arriving.

Hawaii Marijuana FAQ's

Frequently asked questions we receive regarding HI cannabis.

Can I Smoke Weed in Hawaii Once Qualified?

Yes

Once I have my Hawaii MedCard, how much can I possess?

Medical marijuana patients in Hawaii are permitted to purchase up to four ounces of usable marijuana in a 15-day period.

Can I grow my own marijuana?

Hawaii medical marijuana patients are permitted to grow up to 10 plants on their own property provided there are no children in the household.

When you apply for your card, be sure to read the regulations on home cultivation carefully. Breaking the rules could land you in jail or result in substantial fines.

Can I Take My Medical Marijuana to a Different State?

No. According to current laws patients who obtain a medical card should use medical marijuana in Hawaii only. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.

Is Recreational Weed Legal?

No.

I see CBD Oils for sale on commercials, online, and at stores around town, is this CBD Oil legal in Hawaii?

CBD is legal in Hawaii. There are no age restrictions or possession limits. 

Although CBD edibles are fairly easy to find in Hawaii, it’s actually illegal to add CBD or cannabis extracts to food and beverages as well as cosmetics.

Will CBD Oil, hemp, or cannabidiol get me high?

No. CBD is a product that has no THC if derived from hemp and very little if derived from cannabis. THC is the chemical compound that creates the “high”. CBD products are available for patients that have a need for non-euphoric treatment.

Is CBD for Pets really a thing?

Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments. The efficacy and safety of CBD for dogs, cats, and other pets have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only evaluates foods and drugs, not supplements like these products.

Where can I get CBD for pets?

You can find CBD for pets at pet stores, retail and at holistic shops.

Are THC Infused edibles allowed in Hawaii?

No.

What marijuana products are legally available in Hawaii?

The only cannabis products that are forbidden in Hawaii are CBD- or THC-infused edibles. All other products such as dried flower for smoking or cooking, oils, concentrates, capsules, etc. are available.

Contact your local dispensary to see which products they carry.

Where can I buy medical marijuana in Hawaii?

Medical marijuana production facilities and dispensaries, as well as testing labs in Hawaii, are regulated by the Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance. 

Under the law, licensed dispensaries in Hawaii are required to grow their own cannabis and manufacture their own products.

Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?

Similar to all states Hawaii medical cannabis card holders have to be responsible. It is important to remember that when smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a Federal Level. Hawaii  medical marijuana card holders are advised to consume their medicine responsibly, in the safety of their home or in a private residence.

How Much Is Medical Marijuana in Hawaii?

The price range for medical cannabis in HI is around $10 per gram and $125-$225 per ounce.

How Much Should I consume?

You should always consult with a Hawaii marijuana doctor before using and that doctor will set the course of treatment.

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