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Californians, your errors are stopping you from getting medical marijuana in Hawaii

Medical marijuana is legal in Hawaii, but Californians coming to the islands who have a California card for cannabis must apply and be approved before they can obtain marijuana from dispensaries such as Noa Botanicals in Kaneohe on windward Oahu.

Planning to buy medical marijuana in Hawaii? Better have your paperwork in order. That appears to be a stumbling block for many Californians, according to the Hawaii Department of Health.

“California seems to be the one state that we are seeing a lot of problems with,” said Tami Whitney, the coordinator of the Medical Cannabis Registry Program for the Hawaii Department of Heatlh.

Hawaii has allowed visitors to buy medical cannabis since March 5 if they comply with state regulations.

But more than three-quarters of California applicants have not received their temporary medical cannabis cards from the Hawaii Department of Health. Of the 252 applications received by July 1, 45 were rejected and 149 others are pending.

The common denominator: Applicants fail to provide their California medical marijuana card, which they must scan and submit, along with their state photo ID.

“A lot of them are only submitting … their physicians’ certifications,” Whitney said. But by law, they must submit their California state medical cannabis card, Whitney said.

Whitney urges visitors to comply with Hawaii law so “they can be symptom-free or pain-free while they’re on vacation.”

A sample of the "329" card Hawaii health officials issue to medical cannabis users displays the 60-day period for which cards are valid for visitors from out of state.
A sample of the “329” card Hawaii health officials issue to medical cannabis users displays the 60-day period for which cards are valid for visitors from out of state. (Hawaii Department of Health)

The Hawaii Educational Alliance of Licensed Therapeutic Healthcare, or HEALTH, the trade organization for the state’s 10 dispensaries, shares her concerns.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Jay Jones on Los Angeles Times
Published: July 03, 2019
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