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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Hawaii?

In 2000, Hawaii passed SB 862 HD1, making Hawaii the first state to legalize medical cannabis via the legislature, as opposed to voter initiative. The legislature amended the law in 2013 with two bills that take effect in January 2015, House Bill 668 and Senate Bill 642. HB 668 moves the medical marijuana program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health and establishes a Medical Marijuana Registry special fund.

SB 642 redefines “adequate supply,” “medical use,” “primary caregiver,” “usable marijuana,” and “written certification.” SB 642 amends registration requirements and creates a mechanism for law enforcement to immediately verify registration status 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Registered medical cannabis patients and their registered caregivers may possess up to three ounces of usable cannabis and cultivate up to seven plants (3 mature, 4 immature). Registered patients and caregivers are entitled to an affirmative defense in court, but because Hawaii has a registry verification system that law enforcement can access at any time, registered patients and caregivers who are in clear compliance with the law are often not subject to arrest.

What can you do right now?

To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:

  • Get a pre-legalization marijuana company business plan to understand costs associated with setting up a marijuana business, as well as projected revenues and financials that will allow you to decide whether this venture is for you or not, as well as be used for licensing purposes when the state allows marijuana businesses to apply for licenses. 
  • Download a free starter package to give you a general overview of what to expect when Hawaii legalizes marijuana businesses.
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