Medical marijuana patients wanting to visit the islands are protected
Hawaii has been pushing forward with its acceptance of medical marijuana in recent months and is now making tourism to the tropical islands much more attractive. Medical marijuana consumers who hold registrations in other states can now visit the islands without worrying about whether or not they run out of supply.
This past Tuesday, Hawaii’s Department of Health (DOH) announced that it is introducing an online registration system for medical marijuana users. That system will allow qualified patients to request and obtain an electronic registration card, allowing them to register ahead of their trips. While touring around the tropical paradise, they will be able to purchase their products from certified dispensaries without any hassle.
According to Bruce Anderson, the director of the DoH, “The introduction of Hawaii’s electronic medical cannabis card is a major step in improving access to medical cannabis for qualified patients in Hawaii and out-of-state patients in the 37 other jurisdictions where medical cannabis is allowed.”
There are currently 33 states – including Hawaii – that have legalized medical marijuana. In addition, it has been legalized in Washington, D.C. and four U.S. territories.
The registration will cost $49.50 and an application can be made up to 60 days before a trip. Applicants will be required to submit a photo ID and the medical marijuana certificate from their home state in order to receive the registration certificate in Hawaii. The certificate is valid for 60 days and patients are allowed two registration applications per calendar year.