Jenny Bloom

October 17, 2019

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The Aloha State is yet another West Coast state where you can smoke and grow weed, 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.  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.

Growing Marijuana In Hawaii

Hawaii laws

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

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Guerilla growing

Guerilla 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 in Hawaii

Growing in Hawaii

Hawaii is pretty strict when it comes to certain things – such as carrying large amounts of marijuana or growing around kids.  However, weed growing in Hawaii as well as simple possession charges, qualify for a conditional release. 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. 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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Marijuana legislation can be complicated, but Jenny Bloom is always up for the task. Although not a lawyer, her experience as a reporter and PR specialist helps her understand legalese – especially when it relates to growing marijuana. A passionate supporter of legalization and home... [read more]


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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
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      Thanks GZNaka! – I❤️GM
    3. By KEAKA-2 ,07 Jul 2017
      hawaii.gov 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
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    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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