Hawaiian Medical Marijuana Recommendations Elevate By 27%
In little over nine months the number of medicinal marijuana permits issued by the state of Hawaii jumped 27%. At the end of June, 2011 there were only 7,593 people who held medical pot cards. However by April 11, 2012 – that number was much higher 10,454.
“Some, like I said, are legitimate marijuana smokers, but there is some questionable recreational weed smokers out there as well. Why do we have (almost) 3,000 more marijuana patients in the Hawaiian state all of a sudden?” wondered Keith Kamita, Deputy Director of Law Enforcement for the Department of Public Safety.
“It may be because there was a push towards pot dispensaries on this island, or there was a growing marijuana push towards legalization. We don’t know, but 3,000 new pot smoking patients. That’s a significant hit,” Kamita added.
Of the 10,454 medical marijuana permits, 6,199, or 59%, were issued for “severe pain.” That is by far the most for any single category. Cancer patients account for 155 of the medical marijuana certificates, 89 HIV or AIDS patients have certificates, and 85 glaucoma patients have marijuana cards.
The state keeps track of how many medical pot certificates the local physicians issue. As of April 11, a Big Island doctor had issued 2,358, or 22.5% of all certificates issued state-wide.