Hawaii is the 50th state to legalize marijuana. But what does it look like? And how much can you buy per plant or ounce?
Yes, marijuana is legal for medical and limited recreational use in Hawaii. In 2000, Hawaii became one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana, allowing patients with qualifying medical conditions to use and possess cannabis with a recommendation from a licensed physician. In 2019, Hawaii lawmakers passed a law that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, making it a civil violation rather than a criminal offense. In addition, adults aged 21 and over can possess up to three grams of marijuana for personal use under limited circumstances, such as for medical purposes or as part of a registered cannabis caregiver program. However, the sale and taxation of marijuana is still illegal in Hawaii, and public consumption of marijuana remains prohibited.
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.
Since laws keep changing rapidly, making things a bit confusing sometimes, check out our friends at DISA to see a complete map of every state. They have information on what is legal, medical use, recreational use, and everything else.
What Is The Status Of Medical Cannabis In Hawaii
Before this year, medical marijuana was available in Hawaii but only through nonprofit dispensaries. 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, allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. However, it failed after receiving little attention during its committee hearing. Earlier this month, another bill to make medical use of cannabis easier became law when Governor David Ige signed HB 1052. That legislation allows qualifying patients access to non-psychoactive CBD oils while cultivating small amounts of medicinal plants within their homes.
So far, no one knows precisely how many Hawaiians qualify for a medical license. But, 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 purchase their medicine via dispensary. 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, 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 its 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 natural and synthetic pesticides 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 your 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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