How to successfully complete your Hawaii medical marijuana application in 10 easy steps.
As of January, 1, 2016 all Hawaii medical marijuana applications must be submitted online. Although this process is said to be much quicker than the previous system some are saying the online registration process can be at times confusing. Generally most doctors will not complete the application for you, however we have had reports that a few doctors at least are willing to complete their patient’s applications for an additional fee.
Tip: If you’re renewing you should note that you can only renew 60 days before your current medical marijuana card’s expiration date. Cards are generally valid for a period of one year and will need to be renewed annually. If you already have your medical marijuana card be sure to know how much marijuana you can carry, where you can legally use it, and where you are able to grow it by reading our article on Hawaii medical marijuana rules and regulations.
Determining if you are eligible.
Hawaii medical marijuana patients may use marijuana to treat the following conditions:
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- 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.
Get started. For those who prefer to watch here is a short How To video on the application process.
According the the Hawaii Dept. of Health the registration system has been streamlined and is much quicker than before. To find out more about the newly instituted system’s structure check out our previous article on what makes Hawaii’s new medical marijuana registration process faster.
10 Steps to Successfully Complete Your Hawaii Medical Marijuana Application.
- If you’re a new applicant first schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine if have an eligible condition for medical marijuana. Tip: Be sure your doctor has set up an account to use the DOH electronic registration system before you schedule your appointment.
- Next complete the online application. Go to https://login.ehawaii.gov and create a free secure account. Be sure to remember your username and password so you can track and check on the status of your application
- Once you have created your account at the above website go to https://medmj.ehawaii.gov and login with the same username and password that you previously created above.
- Fill out the online application following the steps in the video above and upload any required documents. If you need more help with this part of the process the Department of Health has provided detailed online application instructions for reference. Tip: The name on your medical marijuana card, also called a 329 Card, must match your government issued valid ID that you used to register with.
- The next step is to pay an application fee. The cost to submit a medical marijuana online application is $38.50 ($35 application fee + $3.50 portal administration fee). You must pay with a credit/debit card or direct withdrawal from a savings or checking account. All fees will be non-refundable, even if a card is not issued. Tip: According to the DOH applications that utilize the credit/debit card payment option will have the shortest turnaround time possible.
- Schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor if you haven’t already. Your doctor will review the application, and submits it to the Hawaii Dept of Health.
- Once your physician certifies your condition and submits the application on your behalf it will be in queue for processing. It’s important to note that patients can not submit their application directly to the Hawaii Dept. of Health.
- The Hawaii Department of Health will review the items submitted and issue the 329 card for complete applications in the order they are received.
- Incomplete applications will be electronically returned to the patient for any corrections and or additions to be made.
- Under the old system patients would of had to wait 4-6 weeks for their certification cards to be delivered. However with new system officials have said, provided applications are completed with no corrections to be made, that patients could potentially receive their cards in as little as one week. All 329 cards will be mailed directly to the patient upon final approval. Patients are responsible for ensuring that their caregiver, if they have one designated, receives their caregiver 329 card.
To help avoid any possible delays, and have your application processed as quickly as possible it’s recommended to create your account using:
- A valid email address
- Correct and complete mailing address
- Correct and complete phone number
- Verify that the all the documents attached are correct
- Verify that your valid ID is clear and readable
What to do if you need to correct a mistake on your application.
Not to worry, corrections are fairly easy to make, simply follow these steps: How to make medical marijuana application corrections or watch the short video below.
Tip: There is no additional charge to correct an application. However any changes after your card has been issued may require a small fee.
How To Video: Making corrections to a medical marijuana application.
The Hawaii Dept. of Health has also created an information Hot-line where applicants can listen to general information about the program.
- Oahu: (808) 733-2177
- Big Island: (808) 974-4000, ext. 32177
- Maui: (808) 984-2400, ext. 32177
- Kauai: (808) 274-3141, ext. 32177
Tip: It is recommended to check your account at medmj.ehawaii.gov weekly for registration status and updates to be sure there are no correction that need to be made. Once you have you medical marijuana card be sure to Preview Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.
Looking for even more information? Check out the Hawaii Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Registration Tips.
Physicians, please see the Certifying Physician’s Registration Process for more training materials.