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Hawaii Marijuana Laws


Recreational cannabis is illegal in Hawaii with medical legalized in 2000. Read on to learn more about Hawaii's current marijuana laws and where you can find a marijuana dispensary in your area.

Cannabis Products Legal to Purchase in Hawaii

What you need to know about Hawaii’s Cannabis Laws

  • Recreational marijuana is illegal in Hawaii
  • Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Hawaii for adults with a qualifying condition who possess a medical marijuana card, also known locally as a 329 card.
  • Hawaii is home to numerous medical marijuana dispensaries located across the state
  • Medical patients or their caregiver may grow up to ten marijuana plants. Patients and caregivers may only possess up to four ounces of marijuana at once
  • Possession of up to 3 grams of marijuana was decriminalized in Hawaii as of January 2020

Hawaii Medical Marijuana Laws

In 2000, Hawaii passed the Medical Use of Cannabis Act to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Doctors must determine if a patient has a qualifying condition and is a good candidate for medical marijuana. Once a patient receives certification from their doctor, they must apply for a medical marijuana card with the state government. An application fee of $38.20 is due at the time of submittal.

Hawaii Medical Marijuana

If you are traveling to Hawaii and possess an out-of-state medical marijuana card, you are allowed to purchase marijuana from a medical dispensary if you apply using the online registration system. Application fees are $49.50 and qualified patients can obtain an electronic registration card within 60 days of their trip. These cards are good for 60 days and visiting patients may apply twice a year.

Recreational Marijuana Legislation in Hawaii

As recent as February 2021 a bill was proposed to legalize marijuana in the state of Hawaii but did not proceed far enough for the full Senate to take a vote. The Senate majority leader has introduced a number of bills over the past 15 years regarding marijuana legalization but lawmakers continue to be hesitant on full legalization for adult use.

Additional Marijuana Laws to be Aware of in Hawaii

Public use or consumption of marijuana is illegal in California. This includes sporting and music venues, state and national parks, campsites, bars, restaurants, and more.

  • Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in the state of Hawaii and drivers may be asked to submit to a sobriety test or blood/breath/urine test if expected of driving while impaired.
  • The fine for possessing less than three grams of marijuana in Hawaii is no more than $130
  • Medical marijuana patients and caregivers growing marijuana must designate their grow site with the Dept of Health and be included on their 329 card.
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