Cannabis Patients face Housing Discrimination in Hawaii
As Maui rents soar, medical cannabis patients are finding it difficult to find affordable homes where they may grow their cannabis plants. Landlords realize they can charge much higher rents now, and some landlords have forced patients out of their homes, or refused to rent to cannabis cultivators. Some landlords resist allowing cannabis to be grown on their property for a variety of reasons, ranging from prejudice against cannabis, to fearing federal seizure of their property, to envisioning wild "reefer madness" parties.
PWT’s Director Brian Murphy has filed a complaint with the Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission for discrimination against his disability, and retaliation. Director Murphy fled his home for his own safety, after being targeted by a mainland landlord that flew into Maui, and served him an eviction notice for growing medical marijuana, even though Director Murphy had been growing his medical marijuana on her property for over 4 years.
* See: 2015 Hawaii Revised Statutes, TITLE 28. PROPERTY 521. Residential Landlord-Tenant Code 521-39 Medical marijuana; tenant use; eviction.
It's time to end the cannabis prohibition! Cannabis saves lives, and is a far safer recreational substance, that alcohol or cigarettes. Stand up, speak out, and start working now, to join the campaign to Legalize Cannabis, in Hawaii, in 2018!
Hawaii's New Medical Cannabis laws
Hawaii's "aloha-spirited system of caregivers" is allowed to continue until 2023. This system allows medical cannabis patients to enlist the help compassionate gardeners, who voluntarily grow cannabis for them. Since 2000, thousands of compassionate caregivers have volunteered their time, and expertise, to grow medical cannabis for Hawaii's seriously ill registered medical marijuana patients.
The new laws took effect in June 2017. Patients, or their caregivers, may now grow 10 plants, at any maturity, and possess 4 ounces of medical cannabis, in any form; herb, concentrates, tinctures, etc. The name "medical marijuana" is now officially changed to "medical cannabis." The testing labs will be able to test patient's, or their caregivers, strains of cannabis. In 2023, a limit of 5 licenses at one location will be enforced, which is a maximum of 50 plants, but each patient, or caregiver must tend their own plants. Unfortunately, no cooperatives are allowed.
Be Smart, Be Safe, and BE in COMPLIANCE!
Medical marijuana is legal in Hawaii, if you have a "329 card" and remain in compliance with Hawaii's medical marijuana laws.
A registered marijuana patient, or caregiver, MUST place an identification tag that CLEARLY shows their 329 registration number, and expiration date, on each of their medical marijuana plants. Click here for the DOH's tagging guidelines.
WARNING: Untagged marijuana plants or improperly tagged marijuana plants are subject to confiscation by law enforcement, and the grower, or property owner, may not be guaranteed the protections available in chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
Read the HI Health Dept rules.
Registered medical marijuana patients, or their caregiver, may grow up to 10 plants, and possess up to four ounces of marijuana.
Know your rights when GREEN HARVEST shows up
If you hear helicopters circling your house ... No worries! If you are in compliance you have nothing to fear from GREEN HARVEST. They will let you keep all your plants. We look forward to the day when growing cannabis is completely legal, but until then stay in compliance and you will be fine! Watch a video of GREEN HARVEST from June 22, 2016.
A majority of Hawaii's citizens support legalization
The Hawaii Legislature Congratulates PWT
The 2009 Hawai'i State House of Representatives congratulated PWT for helping Maui's medical marijuana patients:
The STATE OF HAWAII issued a certification to PATIENTS WITHOUT TIME thanking PWT "for assisting over a thousand of Hawai'i's certified medical marijuana patients with the acquisition of their medical marijuana."
Another heart-warming medical marijuana victory! Mykayla's message to the world is to "Legalize home grow. Plant the seed. Peace."
This is the same aloha-spirit that animates Hawaii's "free medical marijuana" patient and caregiver system. In Hawaii registered patients may grow their own marijuana, but often seriously ill patients cannot grow their own. That's when caregivers voluntarily step in, to help out.
Patients receive their medical marijuana for free, and caregivers receive the priceless reward of watching the relief on patient's faces.
Please, help Restore Hawaii's Caregivers.
Willie Nelson joined Patients Without Time to make a statement in support of marijuana patient's rights.
"It’s time to tax it (marijuana), regulate it, make the money off of it. Quit letting the illegal drug dealers make the money and make the money for us, for the farmer.” ~ Willie Nelson, April, 2010
Most caregivers will no longer be allowed after December 2019.