The easy-going state of Hawaii has yet to legalize recreational marijuana, but it was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana legal in 2000. The state has consistently revised their medical marijuana policies, and some believe Hawaii could be one of the next states to enact constructive recreational marijuana policy.
Recreational Marijuana in Hawaii
Recreational marijuana remains illegal in Hawaii. Possession of up to 1 pound of recreational marijuana is charged as a misdemeanor, while possession of any amount greater than 1 pound is considered a felony. The sale of amounts greater than 1 ounce are penalized as a felony with prison time ranging from 5 years to 20 years and a maximum fine of $50,000.
While the Hawaiian legislature has introduced multiple bills to decriminalize possession of marijuana for personal use, so far the only bill to pass is one that allows for a study on the impact of decriminalization.
Medical Marijuana in Hawaii
Senate Bill 862, signed into law by Gov. Ben Cayetano in 2000, legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Provided a patient has a written certification from a physician, the use and possession of up to 4 ounces of usable marijuana and no more than 7 marijuana plants (up to 3 mature marijuana plants, 4 immature marijuana plants) is legal under the law.
Qualifying patients are allowed to have a primary caregiver, who is a person 18 years of age or older that is responsible for managing the well being of the qualifying patient with respect to medical marijuana.
The following conditions have been approved conditions for medical marijuana possession:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Seizures (including Epilepsy)
- Severe and Chronic Pain
- Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms (including Multiple Sclerosis)
- Severe Nausea
Patients should always keep their medical marijuana certification on hand to avoid any trouble with the law.
Consumption of CBD from Hemp Oil in Hawaii
Hemp-derived CBD products are legal under Federal Law in the United States; however, individual state laws are dynamic and fluid. Individual states may enact their own laws governing hemp-derived CBD.
Cultivation of Cannabis in Hawaii
The cultivation of cannabis for medical or recreational use is illegal and chargeable as a felony with prison terms ranging from five to 20 years with a maximum fine of $50,000.
Gov. David Ige did sign into law Senate Bill 2659 in July 2016 to establish an industrial hemp pilot program. Through the Department of Agriculture, growers can cultivate industrial hemp and distribute hemp speed in Hawaii for purposes of agricultural or academic research.
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