Recent monthly data released by Hawaii's Department of Health shows that the number of patients enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program has grown by over 3% in the month of September. Sure, Hawaii is a small state, but the state has had decriminalized medical marijuana since 2000, playing an important role in de-stigmatizing the consumption of marijuana for its medicinal uses.
While the total number of patients enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program decreased in September of 2016, the number grew by 571 people in September of 2017 for a total of 19,190 patients. This represents total patient growth of 3.07% for the month.
Additional quarterly data released by Hawaii's Department of Health gives us more in-depth breakdowns and analysis of the patients and caregivers enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program.
We can see that the largest grouping for medical marijuana patients in Hawaii is between the age of 56 ad 65 years old, and that severe pain is the leading condition for medical marijuana treatment in Hawaii (although patients can obviously be diagnosed with more than one condition).
What is also interesting about the quarterly data released by the Hawaii Department of Health is the gender breakdown of patients. We would have expected a more even breakdown than 65% of all medical marijuana patients in Hawaii being male while only 50.08% of the state's population is male.
As of mid-August, there were still only two dispensaries open in the state, with more expected to follow. With that said, many patients cultivate their own cannabis, as they have been allowed to do since 2000. It wasn't until "patients eventually convinced their elected officials to draft legislation legalizing Hawaii’s dispensaries in 2015."
As noted in our recent coverage of cannabis investments targeting the Aloha State, the 1.429 million person population in Hawaii is not a market to be ignored. At that size, Hawaii represents roughly twice the market size potential as Alaska not including the fact that the state offers medical marijuana reciprocity with other states. This means that visiting patients from the mainland just need to register with the state in order to take advantage of the local medicinal Maui Waui.