Hawaii: Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Dispensary Measure

Hawaii: Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Dispensary Measure

Honolulu, HI: House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation to establish a system of medical dispensaries for the state’s estimated 13,000 medical marijuana patients. The measure, House Bill 321, now awaits action from Democrat Gov. David Ige.

The measure permits the state "to issue eight dispensary licenses statewide; provided that three dispensary licenses shall be issued for the city and county of Honolulu, two dispensary licenses each shall be issued for the county of Hawaii and the county of Maui, and one dispensary license shall be issued for the county of Kauai." Qualified patients will be permitted to obtain up to four ounces of marijuana or marijuana-infused products over a 15-day period.

Under the measure, licensed dispensaries would be operational by July 15, 2016.

The measure also adds post-traumatic stress as a qualifying medical condition.

Lawmakers initially enacted legislation allowing for the physician-authorized use of cannabis therapy in 2000. But existing law provides no state-licensed source for cannabis aside from home cultivation.

For more information, please visit The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii online here: http://dpfhi.org/.