Medical Cannabis has been used in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions.
Unfortunately, many individuals who may benefit from Medical Cannabis are either uncertain or unaware of how to obtain access to it.
At Mora Mota Group, we're posting a FAQ list that can help provide insight into the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Registry Program
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is the MMRP?
The Hawaii Medical Marijuana Registry Program (MMRP) was created by Act 228 (Session Laws of Hawaii 2000), and is codified in the Hawaii Revised Statutes at part IX, Chapter 329, HRS.
+ Why was the MMRP Established?
The MMRP was designed to service qualifying individuals that reside in the state of Hawaii and all protections afforded under part IX, chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes are only applicable in areas that fall within Hawaii state jurisdiction.
+ How do I register for the MMRP?
The DOH recommends that all potentially qualifying patients begin the discussion of whether or not medical marijuana is the right treatment option for their condition with the physician that is currently treating them for that condition. All certifying physicians must have a valid Hawaii Medical License number and a valid Hawaii Controlled Substance License number.
+ What are the qualifying medical conditions?
A patient must be diagnosed by a qualifying medical professional for one of the following conditions:
- HIV Positive or AIDS
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (added effective July 1, 2015 as per Act 241)
Or “the treatment of these conditions”, or “a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Severe pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy, or
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease.
+ What about Qualified Physicians and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)?
Certifying physicians/APRNs are required to maintain a bona fide physician/APRN-patient relationship with the qualifying patient; a bona fide physician/APRN-patient relationship means "a relationship in which the physician/APRN has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care, and treatment of a qualifying patient’s debilitating medical condition with respect to the medical use of marijuana."
Physicians and APRNs are not required to register with DOH in order to certify qualifying patients for the Medical Marijuana Registry program, however, the Patient registration process allows the Physician/APRN to:
- Review patient applications (that is, the information that a patient includes in the application such as their name, address, caregiver, grow site, etc.)
- Return a patient’s application to a patient if there is a need for corrections (i.e. patient decides to add a caregiver before or wants to change the grow site address)
- Certify their patient’s condition
- Upload documents on behalf of a patient
- Create a patient record for patients that are unable to enter their own data, at physician’s discretion, and submit to DOH, and
- Submit the electronic application to DOH.
+ As a Patient, what MMRP Applications/Forms do I fill out?
- Create a free eHawaii.gov account to log in and begin the application
- View and Download required documents (may include Caregiver Certification and/or Grow Site Certification)
- Upload completed required documents
- Submit your payment of $38.50 ($35 application fee + $3.50 portal administration fee)
- Submit your application to your physician.
+ How much cannabis can I posses while registered under the MMMP?
Qualifying patient and the primary caregiver may possess an "adequate supply" of medical cannabis that shall not exceed seven plants, immature or mature, and up to four ounces of usable cannabis at any given time.
+ What about Primary Caregivers Registered under the MMMP?
A caregiver is an individual (other than the patient) that is 18 years or older and that has agreed to undertake the responsibility for managing the well-being of the qualifying patient with respect to the medical use of marijuana. A registered patient is limited to one caregiver, and a caregiver is limited to one registered patient.
As a caregiver, you may:
- Grow medical marijuana on behalf of the qualifying patient if so designated by the qualifying patient on the application
- Attest that you agree to undertake the responsibility for managing the well-being of the qualifying patient with respect to the medical use of marijuana
- Transport (but NOT inter-island) medical marijuana on behalf of the qualifying patient.
Additionally, a caregiver will not be required to pay a registration fee with the DOH, as the patient's registration fee covers the cost of both registration cards.
+ Where can I get more Information?
You may access the DOH website here.