Medical Marijuana of Hawaii, by Hawaiian-Pacific Pain and Palliative Care

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Remember, the 321-3793 number shown above is for information only and I do not check any messages left on voicemail on that line.

We know the DOH takes about 6 to 8 weeks to process cards, so it might be best to reapply the full two months early to stay currert.   As before with the DPS, we will only check on card status after 2 months waiting. Anyone still waiting for longer than that, your application is either incomplete, or rejected, and you will need to reapply with the DOH application, or fix what is missing.

The DOH online system is not up and functional, so people should not waste their time trying to do so. The "real" forms are only at the doctors' offices. These are DIFFERENT than what is online.  There is NOT a mechanism online yet so patients still cannot be at home and go online to fill out the application and submit it. You still have to bring a money order to the office visit, as the online mechanism is in the future....don't waste your time looking for any online "pay here" buttons.

The  cards are tan now witha green stripe, and are no longer BLUE. Hence we will call them just the Hawaii "MEDCAN" Card. The DOH is hiring more staff, and I feel good that the transition issues will be resolved.

The turmoil caused by the Department of Health changes continue somewhat so I appreciate everyone's patience greatly. We are working throuigh a few issues caused by the change over to the DOH.

In reality, not much has changed with the process. One still fills out an application form, now 6 pages long. Again, only the Doctor's office will have the "real" official forms. The stuff online is practice only. Fill out the PDF files, and bring them with you to the office, if you want. IT IS NOT NECCESSARY TO DO SO! . The information will be transferred to the "real" forms at the office. Your "Grower" Caregiver has to sign their part of the application, and provide ID as well. They do not have to come with you but it will delay submission of the packet, as you will have to get it to them to sign.

They say you can pay online, but we have not been able to find the button for it yet. So it is still by money order until we know better. When paid online, a receipt is generated that will go with your packet to the DOH.The State fee is $38.50 no matter what.

You DO NOT need to have a second physician sign your application. I am your primary care physician as far as your cannabinoid  therapy is concerned.

When visiting the Waimanalo office, the village requests that you park outside then gate on the left side to allow the locals access as you wait for the gate to open. Past the gate, drive very slowly to the office. Please be curteous to others, cooperative,  and non-aggressive.

Medical Marijuana of Hawaii


Clinic Information

Board Certified Physician

We offer more than just a signature on your Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program application.  At Hawaiian-Pacific Pain and Palliative Care, you will be seen by a:

  • Board certified Pain Medicine Physician

  • With over three decades of clinical experience

  • Fully trained double boarded surgeon, with extensice cancer surgery experience.
  • More information about Dr. Barton

Cannabinoid Medicine is serious medicine, and needs to be taken seriously.   

Benefits of Medicinal Cannabis

As recognized by the US National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute:The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include:

  • Antiemetic effects (effective against vomiting and nausea)

  • Appetite stimulation

  • Pain relief

  • Improved sleep

  • Symptom management

  • Direct antitumor effect

  • End of life care

Alternative to Traditional Medications

Cannabis medicine is a legitimate alternative to the usual traditional medications being prescribed for:

  • Pain

  • Muscular spasm

  • Neuropathy

It is safer and more effective than many, if not all, traditional medications used for a variety of conditions. Our goal is to combine traditional non-pill pain medicine therapies with your right to use cannabis in a medicinal fashion.

Legal in Hawaii for Medical Use

Marijuana can be used legally in Hawaii to treat a variety of illnesses, including:

  • Cancer

  • Glaucoma


  • Chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome

  • Severe pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Severe nausea

  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy

  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis Crohn's disease

  • Any other medical condition approved by the department of health pursuant to administrative rules in response to a request from a physician or potentially qualifying patient.

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