The proposal, which was approved 24 to 0 in the Senate, and 38 to 13 in the House of Representatives, will legalize the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers. In total, the bill authorizes 16 dispensaries (and 16 production centers) throughout the state. Qualified patients will be able to purchase their medicine from any of these 16 outlets, giving them their first means of safe access to medical cannabis since it was legalized by lawmakers in 2000.
After months of discussion and debate, Hawaii’s full Legislature has given approval to House Bill 321, a proposal to legalize the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis through state-sanctioned production centers and dispensaries.
The bill was approved unanimously, 24 to 0 in the Senate, and 38 to 13 in the House of Representatives.
Specifically, the measure would authorize 16 dispensaries and 16 production centers throughout the state, which would supply medical cannabis to qualified patients. Cannabis has been legal as a medicine since the Legislature passed legislation in 2000, but patients have had no legal means of obtaining it.
Two different Senate committees in Hawaii approved House Bill 321 this week, a proposal to legalize the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries. The proposal has already been approved by the state’s House, as well as the Senate Public Safety Committee.
On Wednesday, Hawaii’s Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 8 to 2 to approve House Bill 321. The same day, it was passed with a 3 to 1 vote in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor. The proposal will now be up for a full Senate vote, where its passage will send it back to the House for concurrence.
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.
House Bill 321 would establish a system of medical cannabis dispensaries as a means of safe access for qualified patients, and would authorize production centers to cultivate cannabis, and supply it to dispensaries. The proposal mandates a minimum of 21 dispensaries throughout the state, and assures that each county (other than Kalawao) has at least one.
A proposal to legalize medical cannabis dispensaries in Hawaii has been approved with a 13 to 2 vote by the state’s House Finance Committee. The measure has already received unanimously approval in the House Judiciary Committee, meaning it will now be up for a full House vote.
House Bill 321 would establish a system of production centers and dispensaries for medical cannabis, with a minimum of 21 dispensaries being authorized throughout the state. The proposal mandates that each county – other than Kalawao – have at least one operating dispensary.
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.
Hawaii’s House Committee on Health, with a 6 to 1 vote, has given approval to House Bill 1455, a proposal to improve the state’s medical cannabis program.
If approved into law, House Bill 1455 would allow patients to legally transfer cannabis to other patients and caregivers, which is currently illegal. The measure would also increase the amount of cannabis a patient can possess from four ounces to eight, and would increase the amount of plants they can cultivate from seven to sixteen. The proposal would also increase the amount of patients a caregiver can be responsible for from one to five.
Hawaii’s House Committee on Health and Committee on Judiciary will be holding a joint public hearing this Saturday, February 7th at 10AM (conference room 329 at the state capitol, 415 South Beretania Street). During the hearing, six different cannabis-related proposals will be discussed, including one to legalize medical cannabis dispensaries and one to prohibit employers from firing medical cannabis patients for testing positive for cannabis in a drug test.
House Bill 321 would legalize medical cannabis safe access points and would establish a system for dispensaries and production centers. If approved, the proposal would mark the first time Hawaii has allowed dispensaries despite the fact that medical cannabis has been legal in the state since 2000.