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By next year, out-of-state medical marijuana users will be able to buy cannabis in Hawaii, but there’s a catch

Out-of-state medical marijuana users next year will be able to buy cannabis products at dispensaries in Hawaii. The only hitches: Visitors will need to apply online and pay $45 (plus a $4.50 processing fee) for a temporary Hawaii medical marijuana card that’s valid for 60 days.

“We’ve been fielding a lot of calls daily about reciprocity,” said George Bullock, director of the Cure Oahu marijuana dispensary in Waikiki. “We really look forward to being able to serve them in the future.”

The Hawaii Department of Health plans to allow medical marijuana cardholders from other states to make purchases at dispensaries on Oahu, Maui and Kauai. But state officials are not using the word “reciprocity” because those out-of-state cards won’t work.

Also, participants must have a “debilitating condition,” as defined by Hawaii regulators. They include epilepsy, cancer and Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. The online application process and website have yet to be created.

“[The temporary card] will be available to them to take to dispensaries to show that they are registered patients for purchase and for possession for medical cannabis,” Peter Whitacar, chief of the department’s Harm Reduction Branch, told Hawaii News Now. [Read more at The Los Angeles Times]

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