Marijuana Dispensary Bill Passes Legislature on Last Day

 On the last day of the 2015 regular session, the House passed on final reading HB321, CD1, which creates a statewide distribution system for medical marijuana and establishes the parameters for individuals and entities to apply to set up the dispensaries. The bill has also passed the senate and now goes to the governor, who can either sign it, veto it or allow it to pass into law without his signature.

“There are n estimated 13,000 qualifying patients throughout the state who are desperately looking to find a safe, reliable and convenient access to medical marijuana.  This bill is a reasonable and compassionate response to the needs of our citizens,” said Rep. Della Au Belatti (D-Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully Pawaa, Manoa), who co-introduced the bill along with House Speaker Joseph M. Souki (Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku, Waikapu).  Both are long-time supporters of medical marijuana dispensaries. Marijuana use for medicinal purposes has been legal since 2000, but until  now there has been no system to distribute it to patients aside from grow-your-own.

2 replies
  1. Jay Turkovsky
    Jay Turkovsky says:

    Even the State of Texas is getting ready to make medical MJ legal, and maybe recreational as well. Why can’t Hawaii pull it’s head out and just copy what one of the other four states have done. We’re not unique or the only state/country to face this challenge. Must we waste time/money/health on trying to reinvent the wheel like a bunch of illiterate dummies?
    LEGALIZE once and for all!

  2. Hazen Komraus
    Hazen Komraus says:

    So much for putting that money back into the community. Hmmmm, lots of small businesses pumping money back into the communities they serve, nope. These big money legislators instead voted for six, multimillion dollar, big businesses. Undoubtedly they will have a cozy relationship with those politicians. I wouldn’t be surprised if they already worked out a deal. I doubt that this plan will in any way help to do anything other than enrich the privileged few.

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