Marijuana has been a part of Hawaii’s culture for a long time, and some people are surprised that Hawaii isn’t leading the charge when it comes to legalizing marijuana. Hawaiians are famously known for growing great marijuana, including some famous strains – Maui Wowie, anyone? However, marijuana legalization has been slow going in Hawaii.
Hawaii never decriminalized marijuana, but medical marijuana was approved in 2000. The law allowed patients to grow up to seven of their own plants, but did not allow any medical marijuana dispensaries to be opened. Thankfully, that is finally changing.
A new law was passed in July 2015 that will permit medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Hawaii. The state began accepting applications for dispensary licenses in early January 2016, and licensees will be permitted to begin dispensing medical marijuana no sooner than mid July 2016, after they receive approval from the state.
Despite being illegal, it can still be pretty easy to find marijuana and Hawaii. Kush encourages discretion for all travelers. It isn’t unusual to see and smell weed in public in Hawaii, but use common sense and courtesy. Don’t drive while high – you can be convicted of a DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana in Hawaii.
Is Marijuana legal in Hawaii?
Medical marijuana is legal in Hawaii. However, Hawaii’s original medical marijuana law allowed patients to grow up to 7 of their own marijuana plants but did not allow for dispensaries to be opened. A new law was passed in July 2015 allowing for medical marijuana dispensaries to be opened, and licensees will be permitted to begin dispensing medical marijuana no sooner than mid July 2016.
If you are not a patient, marijuana is classified as a misdemeanor penalty. If you have less than one ounce of marijuana, there’s a $1000 maximum fine and 30 days in jail possible incarceration.
Can I get my Medical Card if I am not a Hawaii resident?
No, you cannot get your medical marijuana card if you are not a Hawaii resident.
Where can I buy it?
As of January 2016, there are no opened medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii. Dispensaries were approved to open in July 2015 and will begin opening late summer 2016, once they are approved by the state.
What do you need to purchase cannabis in a dispensary?
When the dispensaries open in 2016, you will need a Hawaii medical marijuana card, which you can get from specific doctors in the state. On January 1st, 2018, out of state medical marijuana patients will also be able to purchase marijuana at Hawaii dispensaries.
What types of marijuana will the dispensaries sell?
You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best marijuana for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.
Dispensaries will also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:
- Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
- Transdermal Products (Topicals): creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
- Seeds: seeds that can be used to grow your own marijuana plants. Stores will have many different strains of Indicas and Sativas.
- Clones: healthy seedlings that are ready be grown.
The law says medical marijuana dispensaries will not be permitted to sell dabs and waxes, typically processed with butane.
How much will it cost?
The price of marijuana depends on strain and quality, but you can expect marijuana prices to be between $10 and $30 per gram.
How much Marijuana can I buy?
As of January 2016, there are no medical marijuana dispensaries. Patients may grow up to seven live marijuana plants.
When the dispensaries open, patients will be allowed to purchase four ounces every 15 days or 8 ounces every 30 days.
Can I take my purchase home if I live in another state or country?
No. All marijuana and marijuana products purchased in Hawaii must be consumed in Hawaii.
Where can I consume my recent purchase?
You may only consume marijuana in a private residence. However, Hawaiians tend to be pretty lax about marijuana use and as long as you stay out of public, it’s unlikely that you’ll be caught.
When will new Marijuana Laws go into effect in Hawaii?
New dispensaries will be allowed to open on July 15th, 2016, with approval from the state. On January 1st, 2018, patients from other states will also be allowed to purchase medical marijuana at Hawaii dispensaries.
If marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level, but as long as you follow the rules for marijuana in Hawaii, state and local authorities will not have any issues with you.
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