Growing Marijuana In Hawaii

June 29, 2021

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The Aloha State is yet another West Coast state where you can smoke and grow marijuana in Hawaii, but unlike the other four Pacific Coast states, it has not decriminalized or legalized marijuana.

Possession of less than 1 oz of marijuana can get you 30 days in jail in Hawaii if you aren’t using it with a doctor recommendation

It makes you wonder, though, how much of a big deal it is in Hawaii. There are pictures of President Obama smoking a joint in Hawaii, yet he was never arrested. I guess times have changed.

One noticeable change is the ability to smoke marijuana for medical reasons.  

They have an active medical marijuana program that is approved for treating cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy (and other seizure disorders), glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, nausea, persistent muscle spasms, PTSD, Rheumatoid arthritis, and seizures.

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Hawaii medical marijuana patients can possess up to four ounces of usable marijuana (bud) for personal use. Medical patients can legally grow up to seven plants at a time.

Hawaii Marijuana Laws


For the most part, Hawaii is a pretty relaxed state when it comes to growing marijuana. Their medical marijuana program allows the use of caregivers, and caregivers only need to be 18 years old.

If you aren’t a patient or caregiver, the law is very gray about how much trouble you could get in for growing a few plants. Except for specific laws prohibiting growing on other people’s property and growing where children are present, there are no laws for setups less than 25 plants.

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You can only assume it is the same as possession.  Personal weed growing in Hawaii may be as laid back as the surf shops.

Guerilla Marijuana Growing

Guerilla marijuana growing

Weed growing in Hawaii is a bit unlike other states. Yes, they allow their medical marijuana patients to grow plants – up to seven mature plants –

but they are the only state to make laws specifically relating to guerilla growing. If you aren’t familiar with guerilla growing, you can learn about it in the Marijuana Grow Bible

This type of growing uses the natural environment to provide a healthy and discrete location for small grows. The small island of Hawaii apparently is not fond of the practice because they made it a 10 year felony. Ten years in jail for planting a seed in nature?

growing marijuana

This means that first-time offenders are frequently given probation instead of jail time.  So, if you are in the process of getting medical approval, or simply can’t find a patient to grow for, there’s a good chance you won’t get into too much trouble.

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I mean, it is only marijuana. Of course, it makes the most sense to simply register as a patient or caregiver and grow legally. You never know, you might become the President some day.

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FAQ About Marijuana In Hawaii

Is it legal to possess marijuana in Hawaii?

No, it is not legal to possess marijuana in Hawaii, unless you a participant of medical marijuana program. If you get caught possessing weed (less than 1 ounce), you might have to pay a fine of $1000.

Is it legal to sell marijuana in Hawaii?

Selling marijuana in Hawaii is legal but only through state-licensed dispensaries. All other cannabis sales, deliveries, and distributions are considered as crimes.

Is it legal to grow marijuana in Hawaii?

Only medical marijuana patients and their registered caregivers can grow marijuana in the State of Hawaii. You need to get registered with the Department of Health and have a 329 Card as well.

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  3. By GZNaka ,03 Jun 2017
    Great article, Mahalo. The State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Law allows licensees to grow up to 7 plants, rather "up to three mature plants" stated in article.
    1. By GZNaka ,03 Jun 2017
      Also, quality increased to 4 oz. Act 178 SLH 2013 – Makes several changes to the current law (such as: “adequate supply” of medical marijuana changes to 7 plants, regardless of maturity; useable marijuana changes to 4 oz; please read […]Read More
    2. By Roy ILGM ,06 Jun 2017
      Thanks GZNaka! – I❤️GM
    3. By KEAKA-2 ,07 Jul 2017 UPDATE 6/29/17 > "How many plants can be tagged with the same Registration Number?" > "An 'adequate supply' for purposes of tagging means TEN (10) marijuana plants whether immature or mature, jointly possessed between a patient and a caregiver. […]Read More
  4. By Cupid Emmanuel Time ,04 Dec 2017
    Where may I Network to become Employed?
  5. By Billy ,13 Nov 2018
    Ive grown a lot here in Hawaii and have done pretty well planting anytime of the year (outdoor grow) but I was wondering if there is a selected kine of months that are better to start in? And the other […]Read More
  6. By latewood_ILGM ,14 Nov 2018
    Billy, You can start in any month that is warm enough, as long as you have the necessary time left to harvest mature plants. A description of your climate year 'round would have been more help to me than a […]Read More
  7. By latewood_ILGM ,14 Nov 2018
    Nothing wrong with having pride about where you are from :)
  8. By Larry ,25 Feb 2021
    I want to grow outdoor, I have da space in my yard, only ting it rains a lot here in Hawaii. do I need covering for too much rain or jus let it Grow..I like da buds to be big […]Read More

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