House Speaker Joseph Souki of Maui called on his fellow lawmakers to look at creating a system of dispensaries where those in need can legally buy marijuana for medical purposes when prescribed by a doctor.
Approved today were measures to move program oversight away from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health, and to adjust the type and amount of medical marijuana a patient can legally possess.
The bill seeks to remove penalties for private adult marijuana possession, and establish a system in which the cultivation and sale of marijuana would be regulated and taxed in a manner similar to alcohol.
With states now decriminalizing and even legalizing marijuana, where does Hawaii stand? Attitudes toward marijuana and marijuana laws is the subject of a statewide poll, the results of which will be discussed during a presentation tomorrow in Honolulu.