Hawaii’s Senate Public Safety Committee has voted to unanimously approve a bill to legalize the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries. The proposal would mark the first time the state has allowed medical cannabis safe access points, despite the medicine being legalized by voters nearly 15 years ago.
House Bill 321, which has already been approved 43 to 8 by the state’s House of Representatives, would establish a system of medical cannabis production centers and dispensaries, with the measure mandating that each county have at least one operating dispensary, with a minimum of 21 throughout the state.
Last month a separate medical cannabis proposal, House Bill 1455, was approved by the House Committee on Health. This measure would expand upon state’s medical cannabis program by increasing the amount of cannabis a patient can possess and cultivate, increasing the amount of patients a caregiver can care for, and allowing patients to transfer cannabis to other patients and caregivers.