It is with a warm heart that I remind everyone to come to the Americans For Safe Access Cannabis Forum this Sunday from 1-5 pm at the Pahoa Community Center. Issues covered include upcoming legislation for Dispensaries, Decriminalization/ Legalization, Industrial Hemp, Home Rule for Cannabis.
I would like the Hawaii State Legislators to note the following conversation I had with a visitor from Washington State, where cannabis is now legal to a certain extent. “Top shelf is $35 a gram in Washington.” Do you know how much money that is? It is $980 an ounce. To my naive eyes that looks like the state of Washington has turned into a drug dealer, because they are taxing the process every step of the way. Who in the heck can afford that? That is not how to end the black market. That does not help patients. It helps drug cartels, jails and military swat teams that kill innocent people.
So, said another way, if you could please keep in mind with your dispensary bills, the more overkill in regulations, micro-management of every single step from seed/clone to bud to barbed wire, giant fences, armed security, cameras, computers, background checks, blue card checks, records kept on who buys every gram for seven years, and on and on will make it like it is in Washington (D.C. bureaucracy and the state), rewarding only the big pharma and the tobacco companies able to afford compliance.
If you do this right, Hawaii could lead the world in both healing medical cannabis retreats and recreational users would arrive by the millions to experience the finest the Aloha State has to offer, we could even have those cool eco-tours of small family pot farms. We don’t need to make a killing. Just an honest living for us organic farmers. Keep it simple for the people!