Hawaii Compassionate Care
                              Serving Medical Cannabis Patients (on Kauai & Big Island only)
Phone: (808) 854 - 6335
   Fax: (808) 443 - 0369 

Frequently Asked Questions

URGENT MESSAGE: 
The Department of Health has implemented a NEW application procedure for all patients!   
Please click here for details:
http://health.hawaii.gov/medicalmarijuanaregistry/application-information/
Please click here for our helpful application guide:
First Time Online Application Instructions
or
Renewal Application Instructions
To make changes to current registration cards, including Address Changes, Caregiver Changes, Lost/Replacement Cards, etc.,
Please click here for details: 

http://health.hawaii.gov/medicalmarijuanaregistry/patients/changes-to-information/


Q:  What is Dr. Baiko's Hawaii medical license #?
A:  15123

Q:  What forms of payment do you accept?
A:  We accept cash & check only.  We do not accept any credit/debit payments or online payments through services such as Paypal.  We are always willing to consider exchange of your goods* & services for services we provide. (*Including Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi "Kala")

Q:  If I prefer not to pay state filing fees by credit or debit card, can I pay by cash or money order instead? 
A:  No.  The Department of Health only accepts credit or debit cards for payment of the $38.50 online application fees.  However, gift cards, available at stores like Walmart, Foodland, Safeway, etc. are accepted.
Alternatively, the DOH also accepts payment by online bank draft with the warning that application will not be processed until payment has cleared.)
 

Q:  Do you bill medical insurance for payment?
A:  We do not contract with any third party payer.  We do no medical billing for insurance payment.

Q:  How long does it take to get my medical marijuana registration card after my doctor's visit?
A:  You are not protected by this program until you are registered with the Department of Health to use medical cannabis.  The card is proof of this registration.  Status of registration will supposedly be updated by the DOH through the ehawaii system, so patients can look it up themselves by logging into that system.  Based on our experience working with the DOH over this last year, cards could take anywhere between 2 weeks and 2 months to arrive.

Q:  What form of ID is required to properly complete a medical marijuana registration application?
A:  The DOH requires a readable uploaded copy of one of the following:  1) Driver's license (from any state), 2) State ID (from any state) or 3) Passport (from any country).  Birth Certificates will be accepted as ID for minors without any of the above forms of ID.
  ID should be valid from time of application and throughout registration.
Q:  How long is the medical marijuana registration card issued by the State of Hawaii good for?
A:  One year.  If you are renewing a registration that has not yet expired, your new card should expire exactly one year beyond your current expiration date on current card.

Q:  When should I renew my registration?
A:  We recommend scheduling your appointment to renew your registration 60 days prior to expiration of your card.  Applications can not be submitted more than 60 days prior to expiration.

Q:  How do I make changes to my current registration, including Address and Caregiver Changes and/or request Replacement for a lost Registration Card?
A: Print out, complete as applicable, and submit with any required fees the "changes form" available at the DOH website: 
health.hawaii.gov/medicalmarijuanaregistry/patients/changes-to-information

Q:  Does Dr. Baiko dispense medical marijuana to cardholders?
A:  We are NOT a medical marijuana dispensary.  At present there are no legal dispensaries of medical cannabis in Hawaii.

Q:  When will medical cannabis dispensaries open in Hawaii?
A:  In accordance with statute signed into law 2015, dispensaries may open any time in 2017.
Q:  Where can I legally acquire medical cannabis once I have my state issued card?
A:  That's really up to you and none of our business.

Q:  Does Hawaii recognize medical cannabis registration cards from other states?
A:  In accordance with statute signed into law 2015, medical cannabis registration cards issued by other states will be granted reciprocity no sooner than January 2018, though the DOH may require submission of additional forms (yet to be published).

Q:  Are registered patients allowed to travel in moving vehicles with their medical cannabis?
A:  Yes.  Registered patients and/or their registered caregivers can travel with medical cannabis, so long as it is in "a sealed container, not to be visible to the public, and shall not be removed from its sealed container or consumed or used in any way while it is in the public place" (HRS).  We recommend approaching travel with medical cannabis as if it is an "open container".  In other words, keep it out of sight, out of reach (from driver) and in a smell proof container while driving on public roads.  Obviously, it is against the law to drive while impaired by cannabis use.

Q:  Are registered patients allowed to travel between islands with their medical cannabis?
A:  This is debatable as the wording found in the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) pertaining to the legality of interisland travel while possessing medical cannabis is seemingly in conflict with itself.  In fact, the HRS now specifically alludes to case law, presumably State vs. Woodhall - wherein the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled in favor of the patient (charged with attempting to fly between islands with his medical cannabis) owing to "irreconcilable inconcistency" within the HRS itself.  While HRS does now specifically prohibit interisland transportation of medical cannabis between a patient and that patient's caregiver, the prohibition of interisland "transportation" of cannabis is not specified in regards to registered patients traveling with their medical cannabis.

Q:  What are the risks of using cannabis?
A:  Cannabis is a very safe medicine when grown in good soil without use of pesticides.  Study after study (even those funded by the Federal Government) have demonstrated it to have a virtually infinite LD50, which means that it's virtually impossible to die from an overdose of cannabis.  As such, it is safer to use than over-the counter drugs like aspirin & acetaminophen (tylenol) and prescription medications like phenergan, valium and oxycodone.  That being said, it is a powerful medicine and needs to be respected as such.

Honestly, the greatest risk of cannabis use comes from the law enforcement community, both federal and local, whose members continue to perpetuate an inhumane drug war even after state law authorizes its medical use.  Here is a clear example of how laws and their enforcement can do more harm than the perceived offense.  Fortunately, law enforcement agencies at every level are increasingly respecting the rights of qualified medical cannabis users who comply with state law.

Another safety issue worthy of mention deals with the capacity of the cannabis plant, like the tobacco plant, to take up toxic substances from the soil in which it grows.  For example, cannabis was planted around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor after its meltdown in 1986 because of this trait.  Over the years much scientific evidence has been published linking tobacco to a host of disease processes, but few if any of these studies compare/contrast the use of organically grown tobacco to the use of tobacco grown with pesticides.  Since tobacco absorbs such toxic substances, it follows that the pesticide laden tobacco from which the majority of all smoked cigarettes is made would lead to far more health problems than organically grown tobacco.  Since cannabis also absorbs such substances, its use may some day be found to lead to health problems when grown with such substances, something likely to happen as its mounting acceptance leads to large scale cultivation.  Take home point: Make sure your medical cannabis is grown in good unpolluted soil without use of pesticides.

Q:  Will Doctor Baiko testify and/or write letters to judges and parole officers on my behalf if I get charged with a cannabis related crime?
A:  As long as you are abiding by state medical cannabis law, Doctor Baiko will do all he can to support your cause.  However, if a patient is found violating any of the state's program rules, Dr. Baiko will terminate his physician-patient relationship with that patient and notify the Department of Health to revoke the patient’s privileges provided by the program.

Q:  Where can I find the state laws regarding medical marijuana with a registration card?
A:  The best resource is the Department of Health website (http://health.hawaii.gov/medicalmarijuana/).  Here is a basic overview of state medical marijuana law.    Additional information can be found on the Americans for Safe Access website and NORML's website.

Q:  What is your policy in prescribing narcotic pain medications?
A:  We do not provide pain management services for chronic pain.  All pain management patients that we accept must be thoroughly evaluated before any prescription, narcotic or otherwise, will be given. Prescriptions will only be given as medically indicated and only for short term acute conditions.  We always consider non-narcotic alternatives.  In the interest of providing the best healing service, we reserve the right to refuse service at any time for any reason.

Call us for an appointment:
(808) 854 - 6335

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