Hawaii was the first state to legalize cannabis through the state legislature as opposed to a ballot initiative. Medical sales have been on a steady rise and will only increase as tourism returns to the islands and people begin to move. Recreational cannabis is still not legal in Hawaii.
Medical Use: Yes
Adult Use: Yes
There are only 8 operations allowed across all islands. This allows for location dominance.
Very expensive licensing fees, licensing is limited.
Low competition - high population compared to limited amount of dispensaries
Hawaii Cannabis Details
222.9 sq. miles
2020 Medical Sales
2022 Projected Medical Sales
2020 Adult Use Sales
2022 Projected Adult Use Sales
State of Hawaii Department of Health, Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program
# of Dispensaries (allowed/issued)
# of Cultivators (allowed/issued)
# of Manufacturers (allowed/issued)
# of Testing Labs (allowed/issued)
Yes – the applicant must be a legal resident for no less than 5 years, and 51% must belong to a Hawaii resident.
Combined Tax Rate
Retail Sales Tax
Local Sales Tax
State Sales Tax
4%, except Oahu is 4.5%
Licensing Fees (per year)
*Varies based on gross revenue