Medical marijuana patients in Hawaii whose licenses are expiring this December have been urged to register for renewal with the Department of Public Safety by Dec. 12, 2014.
A patient suffering from a chronic medical condition is required to obtain a doctor’s letter showing that the condition can be managed using marijuana before obtaining a written license from the Department of Public Safety.
Hawaii has had a medical marijuana program for 14 years. The program is expected to be managed by the Department of Health starting January 1, 2015. A temporary shutdown will be implemented from Dec. 12 to 31, 2014, during which no certifications will be given to patients in order to ready for this transition.
The Department of Health is expected to honor all issued Department of Public Safety certifications until their expiry, reported KITV Honolulu.
Certifications in Hawaii are valid for 12 months and hence issued annually. Patients are required to have a current certification that permits legal possession, cultivation and use of marijuana in order to manage various medical conditions. A patient must always carry the certification in order to avoid possible legal action in case he or she is arrested by law enforcement officials.
While medical marijuana is illegal under federal law, Hawaii is one of 23 U.S. states and the District of Columbia with medical marijuana programs.
It will cost $25 to obtain a medical marijuana certification from the Department of Public Safety. As per the Act 177, starting on January 1, 2015, prospective applicants for the medical marijuana card will be required to apply online on the Department of Health website. Registration fee will increase to $38.50. Patients are encouraged to make payments online for faster service delivery. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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