329-125  Protections afforded to a qualifying patient or primary caregiver.  (a)  A qualifying patient or the primary caregiver may assert the medical use of cannabis authorized under this part as an affirmative defense to any prosecution involving [cannabis or marijuana] under this part or part IV; or part IV of chapter 712; provided that the qualifying patient or the primary caregiver strictly complied with the requirements of this part.

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-125

  • Marijuana: means all parts of the plant (genus) Cannabis whether growing or not; the seeds thereof, the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or resin. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-1
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

     (b)  Any qualifying patient or primary caregiver not complying with the permitted scope of the medical use of cannabis shall not be afforded the protections against searches and seizures pertaining to the misapplication of the medical use of cannabis.

     (c)  No person shall be subject to arrest or prosecution for simply being in the presence or vicinity of the medical use of cannabis as permitted under this part.