Hawaii: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Law

Honolulu, HI: Governor David Ige has signed legislation, House Bill 2707, to expand the state’s medical cannabis program.

The measure permits nurse practitioners to issue recommendations for cannabis therapy. Other provisions in the law permit dispensaries to engage in sales of medical cannabis on Sundays and explicitly allow for qualified patients to legally possess marijuana-related paraphernalia.

Separate language in the bill permits the transportation of medical marijuana across islands for the purposes of laboratory testing, but maintains existing prohibitions banning individual patients from engaging in inter-island travel with their medicine.

Hawaii lawmakers initially legalized the use and possession of medicinal marijuana in 2000. Over 14,000 Hawaii patients are now estimated to be using cannabis in compliance with the program.

For more information, please contact Danielle Keene, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.