No. There are no authorized recreational marijuana dispensaries in Honolulu, as the sale of adult-use cannabis in the city is considered illegal under the Hawaii Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
Yes. Honolulu permits medical cannabis dispensaries to operate within its jurisdiction in accordance with Hawaii’s SB862. SB 862, also called the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Act, legalized medical marijuana in 2000 and permitted the establishment of medical cannabis in Hawaii. However, the first dispensary in Hawaii did not open until 2018.
Some Honolulu medical marijuana dispensaries permit buyers to order medical cannabis online. However, orders may only be picked up at the physical addresses of the dispensaries, as cannabis delivery is illegal in the city. Note that you cannot order adult-use cannabis online, as recreational cannabis sales are unlawful in Honolulu.
Honolulu has no legal weed dispensaries from which you may purchase recreational cannabis. However, you may visit approved medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. While visiting a medical cannabis dispensary, ensure you hold a valid Hawaii medical marijuana card and cash to complete your medical marijuana purchases.
Adult-use marijuana dispensaries are illegal in Honolulu; hence, there are currently no laws related to adult-use cannabis dispensaries in the city. However, medical marijuana dispensaries in the city are bound by the Hawaii medical cannabis dispensing laws:
No person under 21 may be employed in a dispensary
Dispensaries may only be open for retail operations between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, Monday through Sunday
Dispensaries are prohibited from off-premises delivery of cannabis to patients or caregivers
Dispensaries may not display cannabis or manufactured cannabis products in windows or public view
No patient or caregiver may be permitted to purchase more than 4 ounces of cannabis within a consecutive period of 15 days or no more than 8 ounces of cannabis within a consecutive period of 30 days
Dispensaries may not be permitted within 750 feet of a school or playground
Dispensaries must verify visitors' 329 cards before selling them medical cannabis products
Recreational cannabis is illegal in Honolulu pursuant to the Hawaii Uniform Controlled Substances Act. However, in 2019, Hawaii decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis through HB 1383. Persons caught with up to three grams of marijuana will be fined $130. Possession between 3 grams and 1 ounce of marijuana carries a penalty of a $1,000 fine and 30 days imprisonment.
In Honolulu, persons caught in possession of between one ounce and one pound of cannabis are guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Possession of more than one pound of marijuana is categorized as a Class C felony that may be penalized by up to five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
In Honolulu, driving under the influence of marijuana is prohibited. A person who violates this law may be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). Hawaii DUI punishments include license suspension, fines, jail time, community service, and mandatory participation in substance abuse programs.
Pursuant to Act 288, medical marijuana is authorized for qualified patients with state-issued medical marijuana cards, also called the Hawaii 329 Card. A Honolulu patient or caregiver with a Hawaii 329 card may buy, cultivate, possess, transport, and use medical marijuana. Under the state's medical cannabis program, out-of-state patients suffering from any of the approved medical conditions in Hawaii can obtain temporary medical marijuana cards in order to purchase medical marijuana in Honolulu. Therefore, a visitor in Honolulu with a valid medicinal marijuana card from their home state may apply for a Hawaii 329 card.
Per Hawaii's medical marijuana legislation, registered medical marijuana patients in Honolulu can possess up to 4 ounces of cannabis over consecutive 15-day periods and 8 ounces of cannabis in consecutive 30-day periods.
Honolulu patients under 18 or incapacitated to obtain medical cannabis may appoint caregivers to purchase and administer cannabis on their behalf. Although medical marijuana is legal in Honolulu, there are restrictions on where it may be possessed and used. Honolulu medical marijuana patients may not:
Consume medical marijuana in public. Public places include school grounds, recreation centers, youth centers, public parks, beaches, workplaces, and vehicles, such as school buses or public buses
Possess or use medicinal marijuana on federal lands or properties
Possess marijuana in an unsealed container
Transport medical cannabis inter-island
The state medical cannabis law restricts medical cannabis sales to patients and caregivers under 18. Licensed marijuana dispensaries are permitted to offer a variety of medical marijuana products, including flowers, vapes, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, and paraphernalia.
Honolulu patients and approved caregivers who have registered their intent to grow and have provided the DOH with the grow sites are permitted to cultivate up to 10 cannabis plants. Cannabis plants may only be cultivated at the patient's or caregiver's home or another location under their authority. All cannabis plants must be in a single area and tagged with the patient's 329 card number and the card's expiry date.
Note that after December 31, 2023, caregivers will no longer be permitted to cultivate cannabis plants for patients except minors and incapacitated adults.
In order to get a medical marijuana identification card in Honolulu, you must first verify that you are eligible to apply for the 329 card. Hawaii refers to the medical marijuana card issued under its medical marijuana program as the 329 card.
To be eligible for a 329 card, you must possess a valid state ID, driver's license, or passport and be certified as having one or more debilitating medical conditions recognized in Hawaii. The certification must be issued by a licensed physician or advance practice registered nurse (ARPN) in Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Health maintains a non-exhaustive list of approved medical providers who may issue medical cannabis certifications. Out-of-state applicants must possess valid IDs from their home state and be certified in the same state as having a qualifying condition in Hawaii. The approved debilitating conditions in Hawaii include epilepsy, cancer, AIDS, chronic pain, PTSD, and multiple sclerosis.
After verifying that you are eligible and obtaining your medical cannabis certification, follow these steps to complete your application:
Visit the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Registry
Create an account and verify your profile on the registry
Select "Medical Cannabis Registry" to commence the application
Select the type of application (in-state or out-of-state patient)
Enter your certifying provider's information and your personal information
Select whether to include a grow site and caregiver application
Upload required documents:
A photocopy of a government-issued ID, or for a minor, a birth certificate
A copy of the caregiver's government-issued ID, if applicable
A caregiver certification, if applicable
A grow site certification, if applicable
Review your application and pay the $38.50 (1-year) or $77 (2-year registration) application fee
For more information on getting medical marijuana cards in Honolulu, contact the state department of health by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (808) 733-2177. You may also review the application instructions guide or visit the 329 forms and resource page on the state department of health’s website.
You may consume medical cannabis in private residences or properties in Honolulu. Cannabis use in public places is illegal.
There are no legal ways to buy adult-use cannabis in Honolulu, as recreational cannabis is prohibited in the city. However, you may purchase medical cannabis from licensed medical marijuana dispensaries by visiting the location of the dispensaries or buying online. To find the locations of medical marijuana dispensaries near you in Honolulu, put the search term “medical weed dispensaries near me” in an online search engine.
Honolulu does not permit adult-use cannabis sales within its borders. However, an ounce of medical marijuana in the city costs about $300.
Some of the popular cannabis strains in Honolulu include:
Hawaii Maui Waui
No. Medical cannabis consumption in public is not permitted in Honolulu. Public spaces include schools, playgrounds, streets, sidewalks, parks, alleys, or any area to which the public may be invited. Cannabis smoking in any vehicle is also illegal. Note that Hawaii Smoke-Free Laws apply to medical cannabis use in Honolulu.
Honolulu residents aged 21 or older may possess up to 3 grams of cannabis without being charged with a criminal offense. However, possessing more than 3 grams is considered a criminal offense and is punished severely. Note that recreational cannabis remains illegal in the city. Registered medical marijuana patients in Honolulu may possess up to 4 ounces of cannabis over consecutive 15-day periods and 8 ounces of cannabis in consecutive 30-day periods.
No. Shipping cannabis (medical or recreational) into Honolulu from another jurisdiction is prohibited as cannabis remains illegal federally.
You cannot order adult-use cannabis in Honolulu. Although medical cannabis is legal in the city, cannabis delivery is illegal. Hence, if you order medical marijuana online from dispensaries in the city, you cannot have them delivered to your doorstep.
State law only permits the retail sale of cannabis daily between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time.
Tourists cannot use recreational weed dispensaries in Honolulu as recreational cannabis sale is illegal in the city. However, tourists with medical marijuana cards from other jurisdictions may be eligible to obtain medical marijuana cards in Honolulu. A temporary medical marijuana card issued to temporary residents permits such an individual to purchase medical marijuana in the city.
Currently, it is illegal to purchase recreational weed in Honolulu, as weed dispensaries are not permitted to operate in the city. However, if you are a registered medical marijuana patient, you may purchase medical marijuana products by presenting your Hawaii medical marijuana identification card.
Noa Botanicals and Aloha Green are the best dispensaries in Honolulu.
There are no authorized adult-use weed dispensaries in Honolulu. However, medical marijuana dispensaries in Honolulu will scan your ID when you visit to purchase medical marijuana. Your personal information is kept private, but ID scanning is required to keep you within purchase limits.
According to the Hawaii government website, there are currently three licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Honolulu.
Recreational marijuana dispensaries are not permitted within the borders of Honolulu. However, for medical marijuana purchases, payments are typically accepted in cash or debit cards.
You cannot visit a recreational dispensary in Honolulu as adult-use cannabis sales are illegal in the city. However, registered medical marijuana patients may visit multiple dispensaries in one day. Note that such persons are still bound by purchase and possession limits stated under the law.
There are no approved adult-use marijuana dispensaries in Honolulu. Although medicinal marijuana dispensaries operate in the city, health insurance policies do not cover medical cannabis purchases.
While adult-use cannabis dispensaries do not operate in Honolulu, medical marijuana dispensaries in the city are required by state law to track marijuana purchases made by their customers.
Honolulu has no approved recreational marijuana dispensary. However, if you are 18 or older, you may visit a Honolulu medical cannabis dispensary. If you are under 18 and intend to visit a medical cannabis dispensary in the city, you will require the help of a caregiver.
The Hawaii Department of Health regulates and administers medical marijuana operations and activities in Honolulu. You may contact the department by calling (808) 586-4400 or visit the department’s website for more information.
You may report illegal cannabis activities in Honolulu to the Narcotics Division of the Honolulu Police Department by calling the division at (808) 723-3933. You may also report such operations to the Hawaii Department of Health.