Senate Bill 862(40 KB) -- Signed into law by Gov. Ben Cayetano on June 14, 2000 Approved: By House 32-18, by Senate 13-12 Effective: Dec. 28, 2000
state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of
marijuana by patients who possess a signed statement from their
physician affirming that he or she suffers from a debilitating condition
and that the "potential benefits of medical use of marijuana would
likely outweigh the health risks." The law establishes a mandatory,
confidential state-run patient registry that issues identification cards
to qualifying patients.
Approved conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS; A chronic or
debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces
cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures,
including those characteristic of epilepsy, or severe and persistent
muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or
Crohn's disease. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Hawaii
Department of Health.
Possession/Cultivation: The amount of marijuana that may be possessed jointly between the
qualifying patient and the primary caregiver is an "adequate supply,"
which shall not exceed three mature marijuana plants, four immature
marijuana plants, and one ounce of usable marijuana per each mature
Establishes a medical marijuana registry special fund to pay for
the program and transfers the medical marijuana program from the
Department of Public Safety to the Department of Public Health by no
later than Jan. 1, 2015.
Redefines "adequate supply" as seven marijuana plants, whether
immature or mature, and four ounces of usable marijuana at any given
time; stipulates that physician recommendations will have to be made by
the qualifying patient's primary care physician.
Department of Public Safety
Narcotics Enforcement Division
3375 Koapaka Street, Suite D-100
Honolulu, HI 96819
Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana:
"Hawaii law does not authorize any person or
entity to sell or dispense marijuana... Hawaii law authorizes the
medical use of marijuana, it does not authorize the distribution of
marijuana (Dispensaries) other than the transfer from a qualifying
patient's primary caregiver to the qualifying patient." ("Hawaii Medical Use of Marijuana Physician and Patient Information," dps.hawaii.gov, Sep. 2011)