Medical cannabis patients should have next to nothing to worry about now that the Department of Health in Hawaii released a new online program for tourists to get access to medical cannabis products.
The online program only takes an estimated 10 minutes to complete to get a 329-V card, a temporary medical cannabis card. Two requirements along with the online application process includes that it be submitted 60 days prior to the date of the vacation in Hawaii and a fee of $49.50. Applications are maxed at two per year and cannabis purchase limits are not anything close to what can be considered as low. The limit of cannabis purchased every 15 days is 4oz or 113g.
Executive Director Pedro Haro, of the Hawaii Educational Association for Therapeutic Healthcare (HEALTH), stated: “Hawaii’s new Visiting Patient Program is an important milestone in providing qualified out-out-state patients with safe access to the state’s world-class licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. Approved visiting patients no longer need to be anxious about if they’ll be able to legally obtain their medical cannabis medication in Hawaii and instead can focus on enjoying their experience in the Aloha state.”
A valid point was raised by Media Relations Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Morgan Fox. She praised and stressed the need for medical cannabis programs to reciprocate care for patients who live in a different part of the U.S. and stated: “Reciprocity for medical cannabis programs is absolutely vital for patients, and a great benefit for providers. Lack of access to their medicine can severely limit the places that patients can travel, and there is no reason that they should not be able to live a normal life while traveling in a state where medical cannabis is legal. Economically, this is good for dispensaries in a given state, but also for all the businesses that patients may shop at while visiting those states. Hawaii, being a tourist destination, will now be able to accommodate medical cannabis patients from the other states where their medicine is legal.”
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