Many people want to know what the process of getting a medical marijuana (329) card in Hawaii looks like.
Here’s what you need to know:
First, you must schedule an evaluation with Dr. Cook. The typical patient who sees him for a medical marijuana card has anxiety, can’t sleep, or can’t relax without marijuana, or has or some sort of trauma in their life, whether in the military, or not. If you have even a single one of these problems, you ought to consider being evaluated by Dr. Cook.
In his office, you’ll fill out some forms and questionnaires. This info does not go to the registry, only your diagnosis does.
Dr. Cook’s staff will not require payment from you unless Dr. Cook confirms that he will certify you for a card.
Once you are approved by Dr. Cook, you will need to complete an online application at home. To do so, you must set up a login and password with the State of Hawaii’s registry website. There is a $38 application fee on their website. You must pay them with a credit card. Besides that, the only tricky thing is that you must have an email address to set up an account, as well as a desktop computer, and a smartphone to get a photo of your ID card on the site. What they want is a front-side picture of your Hawaii ID card. To upload your card, we recommend taking a photo with a smartphone, emailing it to yourself, and saving the image to your desktop. Then, click ‘upload’ on the registry website, and select your photo. (It’s possible, but more difficult, to do this on a smartphone without a desktop computer.)
Note: Military ID’s are not accepted, but you are allowed to use a state ID from another state.
IMPORTANT: Your name on the online application must *exactly* match the name on your ID card. For instance, if your middle name is spelled out on your ID card, you must spell it out on the application. If your ID card says ‘Sally Rose Donovan’ and you type in Sally R Donovan, the registry will reject your application. Or, if your card has a middle initial, and you spell it out on the application, it will be rejected. This is the most common reason the registry rejects applications. This common mistake could cost you an extra month in wait time for your card.
Once your online application is submitted, it goes to Dr. Cook for approval. Dr. Cook will look it over, check a bunch of boxes on his end, and then officially submit it to the state registry. If you have already seen him, all you do is wait. At any time, you can log into your account to check on the status of your application. If its status says “returned” to you, there was likely a problem with the info you put in.
At this point, all you have to do is wait. It takes anywhere from two to five weeks to receive your card in the snail mail. It is a punch-out flimsy card, just like a GEICO card, or a flimsy medical insurance card.