Resource: Changes & Clarifications to Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Program

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Get the facts, information and background on:

  1. ACT 177. Signed into law on June 25, 2013, moves administration of the Hawaii Medical Marijuana program (“Program”) to the Hawaii State Department of Health, and away from the Narcotics Enforcement Division of the Public Safety Department. Act 177 will not go into effect until 1/1/2015.
  2. ACT 178. Signed into law on June 25, 2013:  (a) increases the amount of usable marijuana that patients and caregivers can possess from 1 ounce to 4 ounces; (b) removes the (often-confusing) distinction between mature and immature plants; and (c) adds a new requirement that a patient’s “primary care physician” be the doctor to make a medical marijuana recommendation.  Act 178 does not go into effect until 1/2/2015.
  3. Court Decision. Hawaii Supreme Court on May 31, 2013 ruled on State of Hawaii v. Woodhall (“Woodhall decision”), overturning the marijuana possession conviction of a Hawaii Island-based medical marijuana program participant, arrested while attempting to travel by air to Oahu with his medicine.

This guide is provided as a public service by the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii (MCCHI), a project of Hawaiiʻs Drug Policy Action Group, in response to frequently asked questions by patients, caregivers and doctors about how the new laws and the court decision will affect the Program. To suggest additions to this FAQ please email For the most current information, please monitor our website,  DISCLAIMER: This information is general in nature, and, where noted, speculative. It is not intended to be legal advice. For legal advice, consult your attorney. 


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