Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Becomes Law

Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Becomes Law

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Medicinal cannabis in a glass jar HONOLULU, Hawaii – On Wednesday, Governor David Ige signed into law HB 321 (now Act 241) Relating to Medical Marijuana, which establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries. Today was the deadline: Any bill the governor did not veto would become law even without his signature. However, Governor Ige decided to put his name on the medical marijuana dispensary bill. The state says the new law also prohibits counties from enacting zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers; allows the legal transport of medical marijuana in any public place, under certain conditions by qualified patients, primary caregivers or owners/employees of medical marijuana production centers and dispensaries. The Department of Health will now establish administrative rules and procedures governing the program, with the first dispensaries set to open as soon as July 2016. “I support the establishment of dispensaries to ensure that qualified patients can legally and safely access medical marijuana. We know that our challenge going forward will be to adopt rules that are fair, cost effective and easy to monitor. The bill sets a timeline. We will make a good faith effort to create a fair process that will help the people most in need.” – Governor David Ige Kit Grant, the deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, issued a media release following the signing, saying details on the new law can be found at the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii (“MCCHI”) website. MCCHI was co-founded by the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i. Both organizations had seats on the Dispensary Task Force, which convened by the University of Hawai’i Public Policy Center in January 2014 at the request of the state legislature. Hearings were held across […]

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