The 2015 Legislative Session

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HB321 HD1 SD2 CD1 The Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill and SB1291 a Civil Protections Bill became law on July 14, 2015.

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History: The 2015 legislative session began on January 21st, 2015.  It proved to be a very big year for medical marijuana policy change.  Here are some short summaries of the bills which passed (and are on the Governor’s desk).

If you click on the BILL number you will be taken to the legislative website where you can read more.

Dispensary Bill HB321 HD1 SD1 CD1 .

This bill was produced using (HCR 48) Task Force recommendations, the task force created by a resolution in the 2014 session.

  • HISTORY: Introduced in the House by: SOUKI, BELATTI, BROWER, CREAGAN, EVANS, HASHEM, ING, KOBAYASHI, C. LEE, LUKE, MCKELVEY, MIZUNO, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, NISHIMOTO, RHOADS, SAIKI, SAN BUENAVENTURA, TAKAYAMA, TAKUMI, THIELEN
  • Referred to: HLT / JUD, FIN
  • This bill was passed with amendments by HLT and JUD, and passed through FIN (without further changes). Many changes were made to the bill. The most significant one limits the types of products that may be carried by dispensaries to “oils, capsules, lozenges, and pills.” It also changes the 500 foot distance to schools to 750 feet to schools, playgrounds and various other types of public areas.
  • 7/15/15 HB321: Act 241, 07/14/2015 (Gov. Msg. No. 1350).
  • 5/7/15 Transmitted to Governor.

Civil Protections Bill:

  • SB1291 SD2Civil Protections for Medical Cannabis patients This bill grants medical marijuana patients some protections with regard to housing, education, child custody, and medical care (organ transplants).
  • FOR TALKING POINTS, please click HERE.
    • HISTORY: Introduced by KEITH-AGARAN, ENGLISH, ESPERO, RUDERMAN, Dela Cruz, Galuteria, Kahele, Shimabukuro
    • Referred to HTH, JDL.
    • This bill passed the THIRD reading and passed out of committee with an SD2, (which made significant changes to the bill). The original employment protections were removed, and protections for housing, education, child custody and organ transplants were added.
    • Votes:  Ayes, 23; Aye(s) with reservations: Senator(s) Inouye, Kouchi . Noes, 2 (Senator(s) Harimoto, Slom.
    • 7/15/15 SB1291: Act 242, 07/14/2015 (Gov. Msg. No. 1351).

For clarity, we have included bills that affect the medical marijuana (cannabis) programIf you are interested in issues relating to adult-use marijuana (such as decriminalization or legalization) please visit Fresh Approach Hawaii.

To ensure that the above information is current, bills that have missed deadlines for hearings are remove from this list and can be viewed here. While those bills are considered “dead” for the 2015 legislative session, they may still be alive in the 2016 session.