Hawaii trying to stay ahead of surge in medical marijuana patients
HONOLULU The Hawaii Department of Health is preparing for an upswing of patients signing up for the states medical cannabis registry, as two medical marijuana dispensaries in the state are officially open for business.
More than 18,000 patients have joined the states medical cannabis registry.
About 38 percent of the patients reside on the Big Island, while 29 percent live on Oahu, Hawaii News Now reported.
We do see the beginning of a possible trend that shows more growth happening on Oahu, said Scottina Ruis, coordinator for the states medical cannabis registry program.
The state has managed to bring the turnaround time for applicants down to three to five business days.
At the high end, when we got the program initially, the process was an entirely paper application process, so a lot different functions for staff, Ruis ...