Medical Marijuana Patients: Know the Rules Before Traveling to Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Health is trying to get the word out to Californians that they must submit a copy of their California-issued medical marijuana cards to purchase medical pot on the islands.

Tami Whitney, the coordinator of the Medical Cannabis Registry Program for the Hawaii Department of Health, told the Los Angeles Times that Californians in particular have had trouble completing the process correctly.

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.

Whitney told the Times that many of them are submitting physicians referrals, not the card.

“We’re trying to let California patients know [what the law is] because what we don’t want is for them to have to skip a dose or get here thinking that their letters will be good enough and then being stuck,” said Pedro Haro, the organization’s executive director.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times