The Hawaii State Department of Health Cannabis Registry Program posted the fourth-quarter patient growth numbers for 2017.
- Patient numbers increased dramatically from January through September, and then tapered off to a near stand still for the fourth quarter of the year.
- There was a very slight increase in the number of certifying physicians and APRNs, but physician participation in the medical cannabis program still remains alarmingly low.
- O‘ahu now has the majority of the state’s registered patients: O‘ahu has 39%, Hawai‘i has 30%, Maui has 21% and Kaua‘i has only 10%. With two open dispensaries on O‘ahu and no dispensary on Hawai‘i, the trend will continue into 2018.
- The majority of patients in the medical cannabis program are 46 years old and above.
- Additional breakdowns of patient numbers by county, age, gender, and condition for the fourth quarter of 2017 can be found here.
It is the Alliance’s mission to provide up-to-date and relevant industry information to the patients, current and future dispensaries, and related businesses of Hawai‘i’s growing medicinal cannabis industry. If you are not yet a member of the Hawai‘i Dispensary Alliance, join today to receive Cannabis Insider bi-monthly, and take an active role in the future of Hawai‘i’s medical marijuana industry. Contact us today and we will send you the Cannabis Insider November/December 2017 edition absolutely free. You can also find us on Facebook or Twitter. Raise your voice, take action, and join the Hawai‘i Dispensary Alliance today.