Cannabis Patients face Housing Crisis in Hawaii
As Maui rents soar, medical cannabis patients are finding it especially 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.
Fortunately, Hawaii law protects registered cannabis patient's right to grow their medicine, except in certain limited conditions, See: 2015 Hawaii Revised Statutes, TITLE 28. PROPERTY 521. Residential Landlord-Tenant Code 521-39 Medical marijuana; tenant use; eviction.
Willie Nelson joined Patients Without Time to make a statement in support of marijuana patient's rights.
Willie Nelson became a registered Hawaii medical marijuana patient, and joined PATIENTS WITHOUT TIME, "run by old Brian Murphy, who used to be out of Virginia," to make a statement, because he believed cannabis should be legal. Adding "it wan't a problem finding (marijuana) over there in Maui," but whether it's medical or spiritual or personal or anything else, Willie has always been for legalizing marijuana regardless of why you're using it. (High Times, Apri, 2010)
Please join Willie, and thousands of other PWT members and cannabis advocates across the state to: Stand up, speak out, and join the statewide campaign to Legalize Cannabis in 2018! ✍️Mark your calendars for Jan. 17, 2018, the opening day of Hawaii's legislative session, and join the statewide campaign to send thousands of emails to our lawmakers telling them to LEGALIZE CANNABIS.
PWT colaborated with the Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute and Maui County Citizens For Democracy In Action to produce the "Peaceful Solution - Let's VOTE back America" video.
Hawaii's New Medical Cannabis laws
Hawaii's "aloha-spirited system of caregivers" are allowed to continue until 2023, (despite the misinformation you may have seen on the internet). The Caregiver 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.
Hawaii's 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 Hawaii Department of Health'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.
Watch a video of GREEN HARVEST from June 22, 2016. This outrageous violation of citizen's privacy caused a drastic drop in the numbers of caregivers, which dropped by a whopping 55 percent following these GREEN HARVEST helicopter surveillance and raids.
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."
"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
First, you must obtain a state registration (329 Card). Then the only legal way to acquire medical cannabis is to buy it at a licensed dispensary, which are slowly opening across the state of Hawai'i. If you live on an island that does not have a dispensary, there is no legal way for you to acquire medical cannabis, in Hawaii.
by the Health Department. Out-of-state patients must also obtain a Hawaii issued 329 card BEFORE they can enter a dispensary. Contact the Hawaii Dept of Health for details on the process of registering. Hawaii law prohibits caregivers after December 2023.