The state legalized medical cannabis in 2000, but dispensary sales began just two years ago. A new medical marijuana dispensary, Hawaiian Ethos, just began sales in Kailua-Kona late June. It’s the second dispensary to open on the Hawaii Island, the first opening in August 2017.
The new law will eliminate criminal penalties for possession of three grams or less of marijuana. Possession of those small amounts will only be punishable by fines of no more than $130.
Hawaii has become the 26th state to decriminalize possession of marijuana, a measure that will take effect Jan. 11, 2020.
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Ige previously opposed bills this year that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
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Law enforcement officials told Ige 3 grams is small enough amount that “essentially they will proceed the way they always have,” the governor said.
Hawaii’s current law says possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is punishable by 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to NORML. Three grams of marijuana is equal to .11 ounces.
In a June press conference, Democratic Gov. David Ige said the decision was “a very tough call” on which he went back and forth before ultimately deciding in favor of decriminalization by supporting House Bill 1383.
The measure will eliminate criminal penalties for possession of three grams or less of marijuana.
Yes, registered patients or their designated caregivers are allowed to cultivate medical cannabis for themselves in the state of Hawaii.
Medical cannabis dispensaries are currently open in Hawaii!
Yes they are! The state of Hawaii has issued a certain allotment of licenses to dispensaries, of which several are currently open to qualified patients. For a complete list of Hawaii dispensaries that are currently open, click here.
In order to obtain medical marijuana in Hawaii, you must first register with the state of Hawaii and obtain a registration certificate from the Hawaii Narcotics Enforcement Division. You must have a qualifying medical condition to register.
No, recreational marijuana is not legal in Hawaii.
No. For people without a Hawaii medical marijuana card, it is still illegal to possess marijuana of any amount.
No, it is illegal to consume cannabis in public, even if you are a registered medical patient. Cannabis must be smoked out of public view within the confines of a private property or residence.
Unfortunately, insurance does not currently cover any medical marijuana expenses due to marijuana’s federally-illegal status.
If you are a registered patient, you are allowed to grow an adequate supply of marijuana for yourself. This amount may not exceed ten plants and you must only grow the plants in your private residence or the residence of a designated caregiver.
Common questions about marijuana in Hawaii. Where to buy weed, how much marijuana can you buy, and where you can consume cannabis in Hawaii, including Maui and Oahu.