The Hawaii Department of Health began allowing out-of-state residents to apply for the card on March 5 . Applications must be made online.
Hawaii doesn’t allow use of recreational marijuana.
Hawaii now lets travelers buy medical marijuana legally, allowing patients who rely on pot for pain control to vacation in the island state. Travelers may apply for a $49.50 medical card before their visit to be able to purchase up to 4 ounces of marijuana at licensed dispensaries.
The new program for visitors is being welcomed by the Hawaii Educational Assn. for Therapeutic Healthcare, the trade organization for the state’s eight dispensaries.
If you plan to apply for a medical marijuana card in Hawaii, here are some things to keep in mind.
Travelers needing cannabis can apply for what is called a “329” card, but only if they have a medical marijuana card issued by the state in which they live. Currently, 32 other states (California included), the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories allow the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
►You can’t take it from island to island. Federal regulations prohibit inter-island transportation of marijuana.
“Having the out-of-state program will open the opportunity of coming to Hawaii to many people,” said Executive Director Pedro Haro. “It’s really not a choice to have to make … to go without medication, particularly when it’s helping them.”
Applicants must also certify that they use cannabis for one of Hawaii’s approved conditions, which include AIDS, cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and PTSD.
Travelers can apply online for a $49.50 medical cannabis card before their trip, allowing patients who rely on pot for pain control to vacation in the island state.