329-122  Medical use of cannabis; conditions of use.  (a)  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the medical use of cannabis by a qualifying patient shall be permitted only if:

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-122

  • Adequate supply: means an amount of medical cannabis jointly possessed between the qualifying patient and the primary caregiver that is not more than is reasonably necessary to ensure the uninterrupted availability of cannabis for the purpose of alleviating the symptoms or effects of a qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition; provided that an "adequate supply" shall not exceed:  ten cannabis plants, whether immature or mature, and four ounces of usable cannabis at any given time. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-121
  • Advanced practice registered nurse: means an advanced practice registered nurse with prescriptive authority as described in section 457-8. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-121
  • Debilitating medical condition: means :

         (1)  Cancer, glaucoma, lupus, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or the treatment of these conditions;

         (2)  A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:

              (A)  Cachexia or wasting syndrome;

              (B)  Severe pain;

              (C)  Severe nausea;

              (D)  Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;

              (E)  Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn's disease; or

              (F)  Post-traumatic stress disorder; or

         (3)  Any other medical condition approved by the department of health pursuant to administrative rules in response to a request from a physician or advanced practice registered nurse or potentially qualifying patient. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-121

  • Medical use: means the acquisition, possession, cultivation, use, distribution, or transportation of cannabis or paraphernalia relating to the administration of cannabis to alleviate the symptoms or effects of a qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-121
  • Person: means individual, corporation, government, or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association, or any other legal entity. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-1
  • Physician: means a person who is licensed to practice under chapter 453 and is licensed with authority to prescribe drugs and is registered under section 329-32. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-121
  • Primary caregiver: means a person eighteen years of age or older, other than the qualifying patient and the qualifying patient's physician or advanced practice registered nurse, who has agreed to undertake responsibility for managing the well-being of the qualifying patient with respect to the medical use of cannabis. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-121
  • Production: includes the manufacture, planting, cultivation, growing, or harvesting of a controlled substance. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-1
  • Qualifying patient: means a person who has been diagnosed by a physician or advanced practice registered nurse as having a debilitating medical condition. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-121
  • State: when applied to a part of the United States, includes any state, district, commonwealth, territory, insular possession thereof, and any area subject to the legal authority of the United States of America. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-1
  • Usable cannabis: means the dried leaves and flowers of the plant Cannabis family Moraceae, and any mixture or preparation thereof, that are appropriate for the medical use of cannabis. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-121

     (1)  The qualifying patient has been diagnosed by a physician or advanced practice registered nurse as having a debilitating medical condition;

     (2)  The qualifying patient’s physician or advanced practice registered nurse has certified in writing that, in the physician’s or advanced practice registered nurse’s professional opinion, the potential benefits of the medical use of cannabis would likely outweigh the health risks for the particular qualifying patient; and

     (3)  The amount of cannabis possessed by the qualifying patient does not exceed an adequate supply.

     (b)  Subsection (a) shall not apply to a qualifying patient under the age of eighteen years, unless:

     (1)  The qualifying patient’s physician or advanced practice registered nurse has explained the potential risks and benefits of the medical use of cannabis to the qualifying patient and to a parent, guardian, or person having legal custody of the qualifying patient; and

     (2)  A parent, guardian, or person having legal custody consents in writing to:

          (A)  Allow the qualifying patient’s medical use of cannabis;

          (B)  Serve as the qualifying patient’s primary caregiver; and

          (C)  Control the acquisition of the cannabis, the dosage, and the frequency of the medical use of cannabis by the qualifying patient.

     (c)  The authorization for the medical use of cannabis in this section shall not apply to:

     (1)  The medical use of cannabis that endangers the health or well-being of another person;

     (2)  The medical use of cannabis:

          (A)  In a school bus, public bus, or any moving vehicle;

          (B)  In the workplace of one’s employment;

          (C)  On any school grounds;

          (D)  At any public park, public beach, public recreation center, recreation or youth center; or

          (E)  At any other place open to the public; provided that a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, or an owner or employee of a medical cannabis dispensary licensed under chapter 329D shall not be prohibited from transporting cannabis or any manufactured cannabis product, as that term is defined in section 329D-1, in any public place; provided further that the cannabis or manufactured cannabis product shall be transported in a sealed container, not be visible to the public, and shall not be removed from its sealed container or consumed or used in any way while it is in the public place; and

     (3)  The use of cannabis by a qualifying patient, parent, or primary caregiver for purposes other than medical use permitted by this part.

     (d)  For the purposes of this section, “transport” means the transportation of cannabis, usable cannabis, or any manufactured cannabis product between:

     (1)  A qualifying patient and the qualifying patient’s primary caregiver;

     (2)  The production centers and the retail dispensing locations under a dispensary licensee’s license; or

     (3)  A production center, retail dispensing location, qualifying patient, or primary caregiver and a certified laboratory for the purpose of laboratory testing; provided that a qualifying patient or primary caregiver may only transport up to one gram of cannabis per test to a certified laboratory for laboratory testing and may only transport the product if the qualifying patient or primary caregiver:

          (A)  Secures an appointment for testing at a certified laboratory;

          (B)  Obtains confirmation, which may be electronic, that includes the specific time and date of the appointment and a detailed description of the product and amount to be transported to the certified laboratory for the appointment; and

          (C)  Has the confirmation, which may be electronic, available during transport.

     For purposes of interisland transportation, “transport” of cannabis, usable cannabis, or any manufactured cannabis product, by any means is allowable only between a production center or retail dispensing location and a certified laboratory for the sole purpose of laboratory testing pursuant to section 329D-8, as permitted under section 329D-6(m) and subject to section 329D‑6(j), and with the understanding that state law and its protections do not apply outside of the jurisdictional limits of the State.  Allowable transport pursuant to this section does not include interisland transportation by any means or for any purpose between a qualified patient or primary caregiver and any other entity or individual, including an individual who is a qualified patient or primary caregiver.