The Department of Health announced today the imminent departure of Scottina Ruis, the head of the Medical Cannabis Registry Program. After leading the Registry Program through its transition from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health, Ruis saw the registry program grow by 54%, from 11,727 patients in 2015 to 18,004 patients in 2017.

Under Ruis’ excellent leadership, the Registry Program was able to handle this greatly increased registration load while simultaneously decreasing the amount of time that it takes to issue a finished card to patients from 30 business days to 5 or less. On her watch the Program also completed a successful integration with BioTrackTHC and dispensary computer systems to allow patients to use the dispensaries.

Medical marijuana patients in Hawai‘i will benefit from Ruis’ dedicated work for years to come. The Hawai‘i Dispensary Alliance thanks Scottina for her dedication and initiative in making the Medical Cannabis Registry Program what it is today and we wish her all of the best in her future endeavors!

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Medical Cannabis Registry Program Director Resigns from DOH