Hawaii: Measure To Provide Safe Access To Medical Cannabis Becomes Law

Hawaii: Measure To Provide Safe Access To Medical Cannabis Becomes Law Legislation to establish a system of medical dispensaries for the state’s nearly 14,000 medical marijuana patients has become law.

Governor David Ige signed the measure, stating, “I support the establishment of dispensaries to ensure that qualified patients can legally and safely access medical marijuana. We know that our challenge going forward will be to adopt rules that are fair, cost effective and easy to monitor. The bill sets a timeline. We will make a good faith effort to create a fair process that will help the people most in need.”

House Bill 321 permits the state “to issue eight dispensary licenses statewide; provided that three dispensary licenses shall be issued for the city and county of Honolulu, two dispensary licenses each shall be issued for the county of Hawaii and the county of Maui, and one dispensary license shall be issued for the county of Kauai. … Up to two production centers shall be allowed under each dispensary license, provided that each production center shall be limited to no more than three thousand marijuana plants. A dispensary licensee may establish up to two retail dispensing locations under the licensee’s dispensary license.”

The state Department of Health has until January 4, 2016 to finalize rules governing the dispensary program. Licensed dispensaries are anticipated to be operational by July 15, 2016. Once operational, qualified patients will be able to obtain up to four ounces of cannabis or cannabis-infused products, such as oils, tinctures, or lozenges, from a licensed provider every 15 days.

A separate provision included in HB 321 also adds post-traumatic stress as a qualifying condition under the state’s medical cannabis law.

Legislation initially enacted by the legislature in 2000 provides qualified patients the legal right to possess and cultivate cannabis for therapeutic purposes, but did not allow for its production and distribution via dispensaries.

7 thoughts

  1. Well, it’s about time they got dispensaries. It was great that patients and caregivers could grow their own if they had the means and know-how. For those who couldn’t I guess they just got it off the black market or did without their medicine. Hawaii has had MMJ since 2000, so it’s only been 15 years they’ve been waiting for dispensaries. They really stretched that out and postponed it for 15 years.

    That is exactly what I am afraid of happening in Pennsylvania. They stretch out the actual dispensaries for years and years, like is happening in New York state. So far the legislation in Pennsylvania does not allow patients or caregivers to grow their own. That means cronyism is still alive and well along with all the corruption in the state. The guy who was mayor of Harrisburg, the state’s capital, for 20 years has just come up on corruption charges for diverting public monies for his own pet projects, of which some of the artworks and artifacts were allegedly stored at his house or at his personal property.

    When Pennsylvania finally does issue cannabis permits and licenses, it looks like the rich are just going to come in and reap the benefits at the expense of the mom & pop activists and counter culture clandestine farmers. Who else can afford to spend the big bucks? As long as the rich keep getting filthy rich who cares how many people die because they or their caregivers can’t legally grow their own while they’re waiting for the actual seed-to-sale brick and mortar stores are open.


  2. This is a much better medical marijuana law. The blocking of monopolies is also nice, but there are technical ways around that, like you owning one license and your wife or husband owning another one.

  3. i remember kona gold and kauai electric , having lived their for 1 year. As a property owner, i feel that i should be able to get a permit to grow 1000 plants.. not for 1.35 million but 10 k-

  4. And for God sakes,let the dispensaries have the option to grow their plants outdoors under the tropical sun.Hawaii has plenty of microclimates that are superior to an artificial indoor enviornment.Don’t let some bureaucratic bonehead that doesn’t have a clue, try to create zoning ordinances that prevent outdoor growing like their doing in California.

  5. Hawaii:
    Please diversify! By not growing your outdoor crop leaf to leaf you can avoid invasive mites by growing your weed along with native species and the native predators of these mites.
    You DON’T have to give up paradise to put up a parking lot! Grow and rotate your weed with native plants until you find the perfect PH balance to keep the mites under control!

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