Hawaiʻi Launches Program For Visiting Medical Cannabis Patients
HONOLULU (March 6, 2019) – Visitors heading to Hawaiʻi may now participate in the islands’ world-class, medical cannabis program. The Hawai‘i State Department of Health has announced that Out-of-State medical cannabis patients may now apply online for a 329-OSP card. The new card provides visiting patients with legal access to Hawaiʻi’s medical cannabis dispensaries for up to 60 days. The Hawaiʻi Educational Association for Licensed Therapeutic Healthcare (HEALTH), the state’s trade association for licensed dispensaries, supported the announcement and has been working to prepare for the increase in demand for medical cannabis in Hawai‘i.
“As Hawaiʻi’s medical cannabis dispensary program continues to grow, we are happy the program will be extended to visitors from out of state so that visitors with debilitating diseases, chronic pain, PTSD and other conditions can continue to receive the therapeutic effects of cannabis while in Hawaiʻi,” said Pedro Haro, Executive Director of HEALTH. “This is a major milestone for integrative healthcare options in the islands and for our visitor industry as a whole.”
Hawaiʻi’s first state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries opened during the summer of 2017 to serve residents. During the 2018 legislative session, government officials worked with the industry and patient advocates to pass House Bill 2729, which established the 329-OSP card program to provide Out-of-State Patients (OSPs) with legal access to medical cannabis dispensaries while visiting the islands.
“We are particularly pleased with the advances that the Department of Health has made towards modernizing the process for which both locals and visitors are able to obtain their medical cannabis cards” said Haro. “They have worked seamlessly to provide a completely digital platform for patients, which makes it all the more efficient to apply and receive a card”.
The 329-OSP card will allow visitors to shop at any of Hawai’i’s medical cannabis dispensaries and legally possess cannabis or cannabis products for up to 60 days at a time. Out-of-State patients must complete a 10-minute online application with the Department of Health. Applications may be submitted up to 60 days in advance of arrival in Hawaiʻi and patients may select a start date. To be eligible, visiting patients must have a valid medical registration card from a U.S. state or territory, a valid government-issued photo ID from the same state, and they must attest they use cannabis for one or more of the qualifying conditions recognized by Hawaiʻi. The fee is $49.50 for a 329-OSP card, which is valid for 60 days and may be renewed one additional time.
The 329-OSP card can be used at any of Hawaiʻi’s state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries located on the islands of Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi Island and Kauaʻi. There are no dispensaries on the islands of Lānaʻi or Molokaʻi.
To apply, prospective applicants should visit https://marijuanahawaii.org/visitors for additional information including an instructional video, a list of the individual dispensary locations and a link to the application on the website for the Hawai'i State Department of Health. The website also details restrictions on the use and possession of medical cannabis while visiting the islands.