PTSD has been recently approved by the DOH to qualify patients for a cannabis license, to accomodate all the military vets with service connected injuries, and combat related conditions.
Cards are mailed out to patients as soon as we get them, in a reasonable and feasible manner. Plus, we are finding out that the USPS mail is a lot slower than we generally think.
Due to the large numbers of people waiting for cards, we will no longer be contacting the DOH for status updates before 3 months. We can make sure that the application was sent in and not returned for corrections. But once we know that it is at the DOH, it does no good to check on an application status. The cards come when they come.
For those patients with errors on their applications, it is starting to resemble 3 to 4 years ago when the state got up to 4 to 6 months behind under the NED. Please be careful and try not to make any errors. The DOH does not want to inherit the NED's reputation.
The DOH says that you can't possess medical cannabis or grow until you take possession of your license, so the waiting for the issuance of cards is very important. It affects medical care directly. The law says you only need a medical doctors certifcate, so this is one area that needs to be resolved. Cancer patients need immediate protection, as they have immediate needs due to chemotherapy and other treatments. Seizure kids as well. There are lots of people who have immediate needs, and the state is making ALL wait for their process.
EVERYONE is free to contact the DOH themselves, and to complain to the governor. I do not know of any quick number into the DOH. The phone number is mostly busy for us too! We are not state employees. If you want to be rude to us for the card delays, we will ask you to go elsewhere for your future needs. We are just as unhappy about the waiting as you are. This is an issue between you and the State of Hawaii Government and the Department of Health.
All I can say is to be careful with the application/ certifications so that it is filled out perfectly with no errors, and to be patient.
For the most current office Clinic Hours and Costs: Preparing for your office visit. https://www.medicalmarijuanaofhawaii.org/clinic-hours-and-costs-preparing-your-office-visit
It should be noted that the Department of Health is processing the registration packets. They are currently 4 to 7 weeks behind in their workload, plus, they are being ultra critical of all applications, and sending many back for corrections. As I have already noted, EVERYONE filling out the registration materials needs to be extremely careful with the correctness of their information. Once rejected by the DOH, the process for your registration material starts all over, including the time that you wait for your card. We will try to correct your information as needed, but it may require you to return to the clinic for any items missing. This is why I suggest you fill out the forms at home and bring them to the office during your clinic visit, so as to avoid those errors caused by poor or errant handwriting. Patients need to re-apply 2 months before the expiration date.
Please go to the following links to understand the LATEST ON THE APPLICATION PROCESS:
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING AND FILL OUT THE PRACTICE WORKSHEET
The "card registration" process is divided into two parts (really three parts when one includes the doctor visit/interview): The "APPLICANT DATA" part with all the pertinent addresses, FROM THE WORKSHEET, is done online only, AT THE MEDICAL OFFICES ONLY, as is the state fee payment. We do this in the office on the day of your visit. The "fillable PDF" APPLICANT "CERTIFICATIONS" part is done on hardcopy with original signatures, accompanied by your government issued identification, and is submitted by snail mail to the state FROM OUR OFFICE. You can fill them out at home, but you still can't submit anything online from home.
WE NOW REQUIRE that ALL PATIENTS, who have passed the prescreening and those who still qualify and are renewing, to FILL OUT THE ABOVE FORMS AND TO BRING THEM TO THE OAHU OFFICE.
You DO NOT need to have a second physician sign your application. I am your primary care physician as far as your cannabinoid therapy is concerned.
When visiting the Waimanalo office, the village requests that you park outside then gate on the left side to allow the locals access as you wait for the gate to open. Past the gate, drive very slowly to the office. Please be curteous to others, cooperative, and non-aggressive.