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Although medical marijuana has been obtainable to qualifying sufferers in Hawaii since 2000, it has taken greater than a decade for state officers to significantly think about implementing laws that may additionally make medical marijuana dispensaries part of this system.
Since their medical hashish regulation went into impact, Hawaiian sufferers haven’t had dispensaries to offer unfastened leaf hashish or cannabis-infused merchandise, though they’ve been given the greenlight to develop their very own hashish privately. Interestingly, it’s nonetheless unlawful to buy seeds to domesticate, creating a serious battle between sufferers and the regulation.
The Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau just lately launched an up to date report highlighting the insurance policies and procedures for entry, distribution and safety surrounding hashish. At a public listening to on the subject, sufferers voiced their frustrations at not having enough entry to their drugs. Brenda Cloutier, a fibromyalgia sufferer, shared her disappointment with the present construction and shortcomings of the present medical marijuana program.
“Hawaii … does not provide legal means for me to procure seeds, propagation materials or plants without breaking state and federal laws,” she stated. “There is no other controlled pharmaceutical or herbal medication available in this state that forces the patient to break the law to obtain their medicine.”
To assist alleviate the issue, a 21-member Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force was created by the state to craft laws and develop an environment friendly plan for making hashish extra accessible to sufferers in want. The group consists of representatives from the House and Senate, a medical skilled, caregiver, present medical hashish sufferers and regulation enforcement.
Some main considerations embrace island-to-island transporting of hashish, which might be thought-about a federal crime although it’s nonetheless thought-about inside the state. Representative Della Au Belatti, head of the duty drive, acknowledges the distinctive obstacles implementing a statewide dispensary system might impose.
“There are lots of gaps in the law. Hawaii has that special challenge of interstate travel,” he stated.
Another public listening to is scheduled for Sept. 24 in Oahu. Following that, the duty pressure will launch up to date suggestions in addition to proposed laws to be carried out in 2015.
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