Honolulu, HI: A state-sponsored task force is recommending that Hawaii lawmakers take steps to allow for the state licensed production and dispensing of medical cannabis to qualified patients.
According to news reports, the task force is set to recommend lawmakers begin granting applicants licenses to grow and dispense medical marijuana by January 1, 2017. The proposal calls for the establishment of at least one facility for every 500 authorized patients. Dispensaries are anticipated to be operational under the plan by July 1, 2017.
Legislation signed into law in 2000 allows qualified patients to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis, but does not provide for the retail production or dispensing of medical marijuana.
For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii at: http://www.dpfhi.org.