Hawaii cannabis business compliance guide

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Market Type‍

Hawaii offers medical cannabis for qualifying patients. Hawaii’s cannabis program is managed by the Office of Medical Cannabis Control and Regulation (OMCCR), which is an office within the Department of Health‍

BioTrack & Inventory‍

Hawaii uses BioTrack as its state traceability platform. All patient sales and inventory actions must be reported to the state’s traceability system. The state has specific rules and protocols in the event of downtime.Β 

Purchase Limits

In Hawaii, medical patients may purchase up to:

4 Oz per 15 days
8 Oz per 30 days


Product equivalencies are managed by the producer of a manufactured cannabis product:

β€œΒ§11-850-74 Equivalent weights for manufactured cannabis products. A dispensary licensee that produces manufactured cannabis products shall calculate the equivalent physical weight of the cannabis that is used to manufacture the product, and shall make available to the department and to consumers of the manufactured cannabis product the equivalency calculations and the formulas used.” 


Cannabis specific taxes are not outlined in the state cannabis rules.Β 


Cannabis Delivery is not permitted in Hawaii

State Resources

Office of Medical Cannabis Control and Regulation ->

Recent Updates

Hawaii recently relaxed rules around inventory movement, and now allows for inter-island distribution of cannabis from licensed cultivators and producers.

Recent legislation to create an adult use marketplace in Hawaii has failed in committee. Hawaii remains a Medical Only state for the time being.



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