Status: In Hawaii, all individuals with a legal prescription may possess and use medical marijuana. State licensed businesses may grow, process, transport, and dispense medical marijuana.
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Number of Hawaii Marijuana Business Licenses Licenses Available
Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Guidelines
- Non-refundable application fee of $5,000.
- An application has to indicate that the applicants have resources in the amount of $1,000,000, plus a minimum of $100,000 for each retail dispensing location the applicant would like to operate. A dispensary licensee may operate up to two retail dispensing locations. If an applicant intends to operate two retail dispensing locations, the total money an applicant must have in reserve at the time of application $1,200,000.
- Applicants may apply for more than one license, but can only be issued one license. If an applicant qualifies for more than one license, the applicant will have to choose the county in which they wish to operate a dispensary.
All dispensary license applications were submitted January 29, 2016. The application process for a dispensary license in Hawaii is currently closed. Refer to the below resources to prepare for when the state opens applications again.
RECOMMENDED HAWAII MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR DISPENSARY APPLICATION:
- Marijuana Business Plan Package
- Business & Operations Plan Template
- Cultivation Plan Template
- Manufacturing/Processing Plan Template
- Environmental Plan Template
- Financial Plan Template
- Fire Safety Plan Template
- Inventory Control Plan Template
- Patient Education Plan Template
- Patient Recordkeeping Plan Template
- Product Safety Plan Template
- Security Plan Template
- Staffing Plan Template
- Suitability of Proposed Facility Plan Template
- Transportation Plan Template
The History of Hawaii Marijuana Business Licenses Marijuana
House Bill 321, a bill that establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries, passed on July 14th, 2015 – 10 years after the state legalized medical marijuana in 2000. The new law allows for 8 dispensary licenses, of which each licensee will be allowed up to 2 production and 2 retail dispensing locations, bringing that to a total of 32 medical marijuana locations in the entire state. The state awarded 8 licenses in April of 2016.
On June 9 2019, Hawaii decriminalized marijuana with the passing of HB 1383. The new law removes the possibility of jail time as a penalty for up to three grams of marijuana, but maintains a $130 fine. Hawaii’s legislature approved the bill and sent it to Democratic Gov. David Ige in May. Ige didn’t sign it, but he also didn’t veto it, effectively letting it become law. The new law will take effect on January 11, 2020. The new law also establishes a working group within the state attorney general office to study the impact of legalization in other states and issue a report on their findings and recommendations before the 2021 legislative session.
Now in the 2021 legislative session, a bill has been introduced to legalize adult-use cannabis in Hawaii. The bill has been approved by the Senate, and now goes to the House for consideration. The bill, SB 767, would legalize cannabis for adults 21 years and older and allow the possession of up to 30 grams. The regulatory scheme would be similar to Hawaii’s medical cannabis program. The state Department of Taxation would administer the adult-use program and issue licenses to growers and sellers.