Hawaii is a popular destination for many United States travelers. In fact, about 5 million people visit Hawaii from the U.S. every year. With over 2 million registered medical marijuana patients in the U.S., there’s no doubt that some of those travelers are medical marijuana patients - and the question of whether or not they can purchase medical marijuana during their visit has become a hot topic.
Can I Purchase Medical Marijuana While in Hawaii?
At this time, no. The current law, Section 392D-13 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, suggests that qualifying patients from other states may obtain medical marijuana provided that the patient is verified as a patient in their home state and registers with the Department of Health through a registration process established by the Department. However, the Department failed to set up a registration process for this by the given date of January 1, 2018. Therefore, out-of-state visitors currently may not access medical marijuana.
As a result, Hawaii has introduced legislation in the recent months to amend the reciprocity program and allow out-of-state medical marijuana patients to access medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries during their visit.
There have been multiple medical marijuana bills introduced to address this, but House Bill 2729 appears most likely to pass, as it has been approved by the House and is now making its way through the Senate.
How Would the Proposed Reciprocity Program Work?
The reciprocity program proposed by HB 2729 would allow visiting patients to purchase up to an ounce of medical marijuana within 15 consecutive days, or up to two ounces of medical marijuana within 30 consecutive days, provided that the patient presents:
- A government-issued photo ID
- An active United States medical marijuana card from the patient’s home state or a written certification from their primary physician stating that they have a debilitating medical condition
- A certifying fee which will remain valid for a period of six months, and may be renewed prior to expiration every six months
Additionally, a medical marijuana dispensary may opt not to serve any out-of-state patients. The certifying fee and renewal fee for out-of-state patients is to be determined.
How Can I Learn More about Medical Marijuana as a Patient?
If you’re interested in educating yourself on the important legal and medicinal aspects of medical marijuana, download our Patient Education Plan which includes:
- Research and Medicinal Effects Tracking
- Patient Guidelines to Stay Safe and Healthy
- Dosing, Potency, and Tolerance
- Patient’s Rights
- And more