The Hawaii Medical Cannabis Registry Program facilitates access to medical marijuana by patients living with one or more qualifying medical conditions in the state. The state's medical marijuana program was created by Act 228, codified as Part IX, Chapter 329 of Hawaii Revised Statutes, in 2000. In 2013, the state legislature amended the law when it passed HB 668, which moved the medical cannabis program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health. HB 668 established the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Registry Program the same year.
Hawaii cannabis law requires qualifying patients to register with the Cannabis Registry Program and obtain a medical marijuana card, commonly known as the 329 Registration Card. While in-state patient applications for the 329 Registration Cards can be sent in at any time of the year, out-of-state patients may only apply for up to two 60-day terms in a calendar year.
Individuals aged 18 years or older diagnosed with one or more qualifying medical conditions can participate in the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Program. Minors who have at least one qualifying condition can also join the program. However, the consent of their parents or legal guardians, who must also register as their caregivers, is required. Once a patient enrolled in the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Program turns 18, they can be recertified for medical cannabis without their parent's or guardian's permission.
In Hawaii, a certifying practitioner (DO, APRN, or MD) must have a valid state license with the authority to prescribe drugs before they can recommend anyone for the 329 Registry Card. In addition, they must be registered with the state's Department of Public Safety with a valid Hawaii controlled substance license number.
Yes. Certifying physicians or APRNs must maintain bona fide provider-patient relationships with qualifying medical cannabis patients before they can recommend them for the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Registry Program.
Registration with the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Registry is not required for a certifying medical provider. However, they must complete an Electronic Signature Agreement and submit it to the state's Department of Health (DOH) before they can use the state-approved electronic system to recommend medical marijuana.
Yes, but not for an initial assessment or certification of a qualifying medical marijuana patient. Medical providers in Hawaii may only use telemedicine services to recommend medical marijuana to qualifying cannabis patients for medical marijuana card renewals after establishing bona fide relationships through face-to-face consultations.
The Department of Health (DOH) maintains a list of Hawaii Medical Cannabis Registry Program physicians and APRNs who may recommend qualifying patients for medical marijuana in the state. Interested persons can look up the list to find the contact information of approved certifying medical providers near them.