Is Marijuana Legal In Hawaii
Hawaii is the 50th state to legalize marijuana. But what does it look like? And how much can you buy, per plant or ounce?
The 50th state has finally legalized weed for recreational purposes. As of Dec. 6, 2018, people over 21 years old will be allowed to possess up to an eighth — about two ounces — of cannabis flower and a quarter-ounce of concentrated THC (the part that gets users high).
But just because it’s legal doesn’t mean folks will start smoking joints on beaches any time soon. Like alcohol sales at restaurants, pot shops will have to pay taxes on their products, which will probably be more expensive than buying your supply from shady sources.
Additionally, there may not even be stores where you live. So if you want to get some green thumbs and grow your stash, we’ve got answers to all your questions below.
What Is The Status Of Medical Cannabis In Hawaii
Before this year, medical marijuana was available in Hawaii but only through dispensaries run by nonprofits. However, patients who meet specific criteria can purchase a wide range of strains directly from licensed producers without fear of prosecution.
This includes those who need help with chronic pain, seizures, anxiety, depression, nausea, insomnia, loss of appetite, muscle spasms, and other conditions approved under House Bill 1372 passed last summer. These licenses cost $300 and come with expiration dates. Patients must renew them every 12 months.
“This is really exciting news,” says Dr. Alan Henceroth, Hawaiian Center Specialty Pharmacy LLC CEO. “It’s been very frustrating for our patients here.”
In 2017, lawmakers introduced HB 967, which would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. It failed after receiving little attention during its committee hearing. Earlier this month, another bill aimed to make medical use of cannabis easier became law when Governor David Ige signed HB 1052 into effect. That legislation allows qualifying patients access to non-psychoactive CBD oils while also cultivating small amounts of medicinal plants within their homes.
So far, no one knows precisely how many Hawaiians qualify for a medical license. According to the Department of Health, around 1 percent of residents do so.
How Much Can You Buy Per Plant Or An Ounce
While growing your own might sound ideal, most states require patients to obtain their medicine via dispensary purchases. Here’s why. Dispensaries sell marijuana in varying quantities. Some offer grams ($10-$30) instead of loose buds ($20+ each), making sense since dried bud weighs less than fresh.
Others charge by the number of hits ($1-$5 per hit), akin to charging by glassware rather than weight. Those charged per milligram of THC usually sell higher potency concentrates such as shatter, waxes, and rosin.
If you’re curious about how much you’d pay at various outlets, check out Leafly’s dispensary finder tool. Enter your location and desired search terms, including strain name, price, and availability. Then scroll down to see prices offered across different areas.
For example, you could expect to spend between $40 and $80 per eighth in Honolulu, depending on whether you go gram or bud heavy. Prices vary widely elsewhere, too, though.
You should know, too, that these numbers don’t include tax. While the state legislature wanted consumers to save money on purchasing items legally, it also wanted to ensure everyone paid something. According to the state’s website, tax rates will depend on the type of sale and amount purchased, but the top rate hovers around 20 percent.
Are There Any Restrictions On Where People Grow Weed?
No. Just as long as someone grows their pot indoors, anywhere inside the confines of private property becomes fair game. However, local municipalities can still outlaw cultivation outside of home gardens. They can also ban public consumption.
Some counties in California allow outdoor lighting and limit stashes to four plants each. Other places impose stricter limits.
Where Do I Find Pot Seeds If I Want To Try My Hand At Growing Them?
To find seeds, first, determine what kind of environment you want to try cultivating. After choosing your region, head to Seed Bank Exchange, which helps connect cultivators looking for specific varieties. From there, contact the seller directly to request seeds. Once you select a seed bank, browse their offerings until you find the right type.
Once you receive your pack, treat it carefully. Don’t store it near anything flammable; keep it away from children and pets, and keep it dry. When planting, take extra care to avoid damaging delicate roots. Before harvesting, remove any plastic wrap so that air can circulate freely. Also, consider using a hydroponics system for indoor gardening.
Finally, remember that the FDA, USDA, or EPA don’t regulate this stuff, so it’s possible that pesticides — both natural and synthetic — were used during production. Since no testing standards exist, it’s hard to say definitively, although reports indicate that most commercial growers practice safe methods.
Do Recreational Users Have Any Rights During A Raid By Police?
Yes! First off, always follow directions and never consume edibles alone. Second, bring an ID to prove age. Third, stay calm and polite whenever police ask questions. Fourth, give officers your side of the story before making statements. Lastly, always cooperate fully with searches of residences, vehicles, or persons. Should you refuse, officers can arrest you immediately.
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