HB 2675 - Medical Marijuana Reciprocity - Support



In the Hawai'i Revised Statutes, reciprocity is not adressed in regards to medical marijuana patients certified in other states. Even though the federal government refuses to acknowledge truth and science, the Hawai'i Revised Stature considers marijuana a viable medicine for patients whose doctors recommend it. Federal law states that doctors cannot legally prescribe marijuana; they can only "recommend it." Regardless of this semantic difference, patients who have a medical marijuana certificate from another state should be offered the same protections as legal pharmaceutical users from another state. Considering that tourism, and in particular the health of tourists, is vital to our economy, the State of Hawai'i aspires to help citizens and visitors maintain an uninterrupted medicine supply while visiting our state.

To date, two other states offer reciprocity; States that have far less out of state visitors that the State of Hawai'i:

MONTANA:
Residents from Other States: Medical marijuana patients from other states who are valid medical marijuana patients under that state's law are protected under Section 4(8) of the Montana Medical

Marijuana Act [Sec. 50-46-201(8), MCA]. A registry identification card or its equivalent issued by another state government to permit the medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or to permit aperson to assist with a qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana has the same force and effect as a registry identification card issued by the Department of Public Health and Human Services in Montana.

RHODE ISLAND:
Additionally, in Rhode Island, The Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) protects patients and primary caregivers from outside Rhode Island who have a state issued medical marijuana ID card, or its equivalent. The MMA states, "A registry identification card, or its equivalent, issued under the laws of another state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia to permit the medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient, or to permit a person to assist with a qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana, shall have the same force and effect as a registry identification card issued by the department." Therefore, medical marijuana patients from the other medical marijuana states that have state issued cards should be protected in the state of Rhode Island. See the Rhode Island Patients Guide for more information. In states with no medical marijuana program, marijuana use, regardless of a doctor's recommendation, is illegal. You may be arrested and charged with civil or criminal offenses in those states.

Other States that offer state licenses: California(optional), Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Colorado, Rhode Island, Montana, Vermont, Nevada.