Taking a winter getaway to the Aloha State just got a whole lot easier for medical marijuana patients, writes Calvin Hughes.
Earlier this week the Hawaii Department of Health announced that out-of-state medical marijuana patients will now be able to legally purchase cannabis during their visit. But first, they have to register for a temporary medical marijuana license before they can make any purchases from local dispensaries.
In order to receive one of Hawaii’s out-of-state medical marijuana cards, patients must fill out an online application and pay a $49.50 fee. To qualify for a license, patients must have a valid medical marijuana card from their state of residence and must use medical marijuana to treat an eligible medical condition under Hawaii’s medical marijuana regulations, which includes standard conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, PTSD and HIV/AIDS among others.
You can submit your application for an out-of-state medical marijuana card up to 60 days before you want the card to be effective. Once issued, the card will be valid for 60 days. The state Health Department says the application process shouldn’t take long, and some patients will get approval with the same day. But they should plan their visit carefully since they can only apply for a Hawaii visitor’s medical marijuana card twice each year.
Once they’ve got the card, they’ll be able to purchase up to four ounces of cannabis from one of Hawaii’s dispensaries every 15 days.
Not everyone will be approved for one of the out of state cards, however. International travelers won’t be eligible, so if you’re a Canadian medical marijuana patients you’re still out of luck—even though medical marijuana is legal across Canada.