Hawaii’s House Judiciary Committee has given approval to House Bill 321, a measure to legalize medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the state. The vote was unanimous.
If approved into law, the proposal would establish a system of production centers to provide cannabis to dispensaries, which would then distribute it to qualified patients. A minimum of 21 dispensaries would be authorized, and it would be mandated that each county (other than Kalawao) have at least one. The passage of this measure would mark the first time Hawaii has allowed dispensaries despite the fact that medical cannabis has been legal in the state since 2000.
Just a few days ago the House Committee on Health passed House Bill 1455 which would increase the amount of cannabis a patient can possess and cultivate, increase the amount of patients a caregiver can care for, and would allow patients to transfer cannabis to other patients and caregivers.
House Bill 321 has been sent to the House Finance Committee.