[dropcap class=”kp-dropcap”]S[/dropcap]erious cannabis consumers know that it’s hard to travel when access to cannabis isn’t a sure bet. Maintain those dreams of a tropical Hawaiian vacation and make them a reality! As of March 5, cannabis patients from out-of-state are eligible to apply for a state of Hawaii medical cannabis card. This easy guide will make sure you’re enjoying the effects of safe and legal medical cannabis on your next Hawaiian adventure.
Before you enter in credit card details to secure your flight to Hawaii, make sure you’re registered for a temporary Out-of-State card, issued by the Hawaii State Department of Health. Visit medmj.ehawaii.gov to find out if you’re eligible to apply for the Hawaii Medical Cannabis Registry Program.
Applicants must have a valid medical cannabis card issued by the U.S. state or territory that they live in. Any type of private recommendation will result in a denied application. The medical card must also be issued for one of Hawaii’s debilitating medical conditions. Some of the conditions include severe pain, severe nausea, seizures and cancer. A full list of conditions can be found on health.hawaii.gov.
Next, create your account and start your online application. Keep in mind that applications can be submitted as early as 60 days prior to the desired start date, and each applicant is allowed only two registrations per calendar year. There is a non-refundable application fee of $49.50.
Islands and Dispensaries
Access to cannabis was not created equally across all Hawaiian Islands. That’s why it’s important to make sure your destination has legal medical cannabis dispensaries that you can conveniently visit. The Hawaii State Department of Health has a list of all the licensed dispensaries for easy reference.
According to the department’s website, Big Island Grown is located in Hawaii County and Hawaiian Ethos recently opened up for business.
Honolulu County is home to the largest number of dispensaries with three currently in operation. The dispensaries are named Aloha Green, Cure Oahu and Noa Botanicals.
Kauai County has one dispensary listed, Green Aloha, while Maui County has two, Maui Grown Therapies and Pono Life Maui.
Securing a safe place to consume your cannabis depends on your preferred method. Hawaii has smoke-free laws in place that forbid public smoking of tobacco and medical cannabis in all places, including beaches and parks, so flower might not be your best bet if you plan to consume on-the-go. Many dispensaries offer tinctures and edibles for more discreet cannabis consumption, but those who prefer flower over everything else aren’t completely out of luck.
Some vacation rentals in Hawaii advertise that they’re 420-friendly. Beautiful properties, from cozy cabins to a treehouse, are available on the cannabis-friendly vacation rental booking website, Bud and Breakfast. Each listing has unique rules, such as some allow smoking cannabis indoors, while others require all smoking be limited to outdoors on the lanai.
Follow the laws when it comes to cannabis and travel. It is illegal to travel by any means between islands, back to the mainland or internationally with cannabis in your possession.