MMJ Opportunities in the Tropics: Hawaii Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Soar 27%

The number of Hawaii residents with medical marijuana cards has unexpectedly surged since last summer, creating new opportunities for cannabis-related businesses even though there aren’t any dispensaries in the state.

Nearly 10,500 patients in Hawaii held medical marijuana cards as of April 11, up from about 7,600 in June of last year, according to Hawaii News Now. That represents a 27% spike in just nine months.

Hawaii’s medical marijuana law allows residents with qualifying medical conditions to obtain cards that allow them to use, possess and grow limited amounts of cannabis. It does not, however, allow dispensaries or collectives to operate – meaning patients have to cultivate their own or obtain the drug from caregivers.

The rise in patient numbers is good news for vendors and ancillary MMJ companies, particularly those that help people get doctor recommendations, provide legal services and sell cultivation equipment to home growers. These businesses now have 3,000 more potential customers and can capitalize on a growing market.

It also could help with future efforts to pass legislation that would allow dispensaries to operate in the state. A measure that would have done just that died last year after the federal government began its crackdown on dispensaries in other states.

But MMJ advocates in Hawaii have vowed to continue to press for a legal distribution model that would include compassion centers, so the issue will likely come up again in the near future.

It’s unclear why there’s been such a big increase in patient numbers. Local officials speculate that many residents signed up for cards last year in anticipation of medical marijuana centers opening as the state weighed the dispensary measure.

2 comments on “MMJ Opportunities in the Tropics: Hawaii Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Soar 27%
  1. Ed Bland on

    ALL NEED 2 KNOW THIS ! —————–>: ? ~My name is Ed Bland & live in Somers on Flathead lake. I use 2 have George’s marine service ( father ). I wrecked my motorcycle with no helmet on. Montana told me it was worst wreck 2 live through with no helmet on in Montana. I am not telling you this 4 sympathy, but 2 let you know the severity of it. I broke all ribs on right ( 6 in 3 places each), 7 ribs on left ( 4 in 2 places each). Split brisket, broke right caller bone, broke pelvic bone in 7 places having to be taken to Idaho specialist 2 bolt a brace on pelvic bone. Missoula life flight picked me up at wreck site at Sealy Lake. I died 3 times in that flight, was in a coma for 87 days & if memory serves me right was diagnosed as a 5.5 brain injury. When I woke I had 2 relearn everything. I could not speak but they told me 2 blind 2 for yes & 3 for no. I had 2 go through all 3 rehabs, then got 2 return home. I had next 2 no memory. I didn’t even know what house looked like, or what I had done 4 a living but could tell you how 2 use all tools & equipment in shop. I had a friend come visit me & asked me 2 get a medical card & try cannabis & did. I WAS AMAZED ! My memory not only started returning but stayed ! I have muscle paralisis on right of my body & it is so obvious of my muscles relaxing that all can see it in my walking & hear in my speech. Is hard 2 move tongue 2 speak. But 4 me the big part is how it slows my thought process down enough so can communicate !

    I have been doing much research as 2 why it is helping me. I learned early in life that if you want 2 fix something then first you must understand the working of it. I only graduated high school & no more but did best could. The brain has a connection that converts info & passes it on. There lets say is like taking morris code & converting it into words. At that connection there is a goo that covers it. That is what I believe the THC helps make this in the brain. ~ ?

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