The Hawaii Department of Health is responsible for administering two distinct but related medical cannabis programs.
- Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program
- Medical Cannabis Dispensary Program
Both are designed to ensure medical cannabis is accessible for Hawaii’s patients, while making patient safety and public safety its ultimate priorities.
The Hawaii Department of Health’s Dispensary Licensing program monitor’s the quality of the cannabis products from seed to sale. This includes statewide oversight of the laboratories that test the safety and quality of the cannabis and manufactured cannabis products, and monitoring of the dispensaries who will grow, manufacture, and sell the products to qualified patients.
The Medical Cannabis Dispensary Program was established for the purpose of regulating a statewide dispensary system to ensure the safe and legal access to medical cannabis for qualifying patients.
The Hawaii Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance has regulatory responsibility for Hawaii’s dispensary licensure program to ensure patient safety, public safety, and product safety, and to ensure licensees’ compliance with state law. This includes statewide oversight of the laboratories that test the safety and quality of the cannabis and manufactured cannabis products, and onsite inspections and monitoring of licensed dispensaries that grow, manufacture, and sell medical cannabis products to qualifying patients.
As of Jan 27, 2023, The Hawaii State Department of Health is not accepting new Medical Cannabis Dispensary License applications until further notice.