Hawaii was one of the first US states to make marijuana legal for medical consumption. Despite this, it is only recently that Hawaii has had its first medical marijuana dispensary approved. On top of this, there are laws against the transportation of cannabis. This means that, for many years, people with Medical Marijuana Cards could use cannabis but either had to grow their own or buy from the black market.
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For the moment, a patient with a valid Hawaiian Medical Marijuana Card can possess up to four ounces. Up to seven mature plants can be cultivated at home. There are no active dispensaries in Hawaii at the moment, as there is no laboratory to test the quality of the product sold by dispensaries (a legal requirement), and all applications to open a dispensary so far have been rejected excepting one: the yet-to-be-set-up Maui Wellness Group.
However, those who need a Medical Marijuana Card can apply for one, and it is recommended they do so in order to afford themselves at least some protection from the conflict between state and federal law surrounding marijuana’s status in Hawaii. Here’s how to apply for one:
1.Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor in Hawaii
Unfortunately, not all doctors will recommend marijuana, as there are all sorts of problems with doctors recommending marijuana and the law. However, what you can do is ask your primary/family doctor to confirm any qualifying condition first. Then, you can find a compassionate doctor once your illness, condition, injury or disability has been detailed on your medical records.
2.What is Your Diagnosis?
Before you can apply for a Medical Marijuana Card, you must be able to prove that you have one of the following conditions:
- Severe pain due to long-term injuries or repeat operations
- Seizures, such as those caused by epilepsy
- Persistent muscle spasms, such as those caused by Crohn’s disease or multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Your physician will then request a written certification form from the Narcotics Enforcement Division (NED) of the Department of Public Safety. They will likely call the NED on (808) 837-8470, who will send the form and you will be asked to complete it at a second evaluation.
3.Fill In Your Application
Once your diagnosis has been confirmed and you have a compassionate doctor licensed by the state of Hawaii to practice medicine, you will be given a signed Physician’s Statement. This a statement recommending that medical marijuana will improve the quality of your life. Your filled-in application must include the following documents as attachments:
- Photo ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, state-granted ID card)
- Proof of residence
- A cheque or standing order for $25 for the patient, and $25 for the caregiver if applicable.
4.Send Your Application
Once your application is completed, you can send it to:
Narcotics Enforcement Division (NED)
3375 Koapaka Street, Suite D-100
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (808) 837-8470
Fax: (808) 837-8474
Caregivers must also fill out similar forms and provide similar proof of ID and residence documentation. Applications and cards usually take up to 30 days to process and issue.
5.Congratulations! You Now Have Your Medical Marijuana Card
Unfortunately, though you have a Medical Marijuana Card, you cannot actually buy marijuana or cannabis from anywhere legitimate in Hawaii. However, what you can do in the meantime is grow your own meds for personal use. Just keep it to a maximum of seven plants at any one time and out of public view and on private land.