[ 329-125.5]  Medical cannabis patient and caregiver protections.  (a)  No school shall refuse to enroll or otherwise penalize, and no landlord shall refuse to lease property to or otherwise penalize, a person solely for the person’s status as a qualifying patient or primary caregiver in the medical cannabis program under this part, unless failing to do so would cause the school or landlord to lose a monetary or licensing-related benefit under federal law or regulation; provided that the qualifying patient or primary caregiver strictly complied with the requirements of this part; provided further that the qualifying patient or primary caregiver shall present a medical cannabis registry card or certificate and photo identification, to ensure that the qualifying patient or primary caregiver is validly registered with the department of health pursuant to section 329-123.

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-125.5

  • Department: means the department of public safety. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 329-1
  • 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
  • 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)  For the purposes of medical care, including organ transplants, a registered qualifying patient’s use of cannabis in compliance with this part shall be considered the equivalent of the use of any other medication under the direction of a physician and shall not constitute the use of an illicit substance or otherwise disqualify a registered qualifying patient from medical care.

     (c)  No qualifying patient or primary caregiver under this part shall be denied custody of, visitation with, or parenting time with a minor, and there shall be no presumption of neglect or child endangerment, for conduct allowed under this part; provided that this subsection shall not apply if the qualifying patient’s or primary caregiver’s conduct created a danger to the safety of the minor, as established by a preponderance of the evidence.