HCR48, the resolution creating a task force on dispensaries,has been scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, April 15, at 9:45AM in conference room 229. Please submit testimony! Click here for some talking points.
HB1503 has Passed its Final Reading! Representatives Har, Tokioka, and Tsuji voted aye with reservations. Representatives Fale, Fukumoto, Ito, and Matsumoto voted no.
SCR80 Needs your support! This resolution formally requesting national rescheduling of marijuana has been assigned to the House Committee on Public Safety, which hasn’t always been supportive of our issues. Please show your support for this resolution by writing or calling Henry Aquino! 808-586-6520, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mahalo!
SB2574 will go to conference committee. Stay tuned for updates on these bills.
Below is a list of bills that affect the medical marijuana program in Hawaii. For a list of bills that deal with the non-medical uses of marijuana, take a look at the bill tracking feature of Fresh Approach Hawaii. For a list that includes the bills from the last session, click here.
HCR74 / HR51- A concurrent resolution introduced by Representatives Belatti, Creagan, Hanhano, Hashem, Ing, Kobayashi, C. Lee, Luke, McKelvey, Morikawa, Rhoads, Saiki, Souki, Thielen, and Cabanilla to convene a task force to develop recomendations on the establishment of a dispensary system. This resolution will help create a dispensary system that is acceptable to law enforcement, the drug law reform community, and legislators, and also refers the matter to an auditor, who is required by law to review regulatory procedures whenever an unregulated profession becomes regulated.
- This resolution has crossed over from the house to the senate.
- This resolution has been referred to the Senate Committees on Health and Ways and Means (HTH, WAM).
HCR48 – A concurrent resolution introduced by Representatives Belatti and Hanohano, to convene a task force to develop recomendations on the establishment of a dispensary system. This resolution will help create a dispensary system that is acceptable to law enforcement, the drug law reform community, and legislators. There is also a house resolution companion to this, HR29.
- This resolution has passed the house and crossed over to the senate.
- In the Senate, the bill has been referred to: HRE/HTH/CPN, WAM
SCR80 / SR37 -A resolution formally requesting that the DEA remove marijuana from its position as a schedule one drug on the basis that a schedule one drug must have “no currently accepted medical use,” and marijuana obviously does have an accepted medical use. This resolution was introduced by Senators Espero, Ruderman, Baker, Chun Oakland, Gabbard, Galuteria, Hee, Shimabukuro. This resolution has also been introduced as:
- This resolution has passed the Senate and must now pass the house.
- The concurrent resolution has been referred to the house committee on public safety followed by a joint meeting of the committees on consumer protection and the judiciary (PBS, CPC/JUD).
Amendments to the current program:
SB2574 – This bill, introduced by Senators Green, Chun Oakland, Ruderman, and Shimabukuro, adds “board certified pain physicians” as doctors who can recommend medical marijuana. This bill will still exclude many qualified candidates from the medical marijuana program, as not all uses of medical marijuana are for pain management. HB2092 is the better fix for the primary care physician requirement in the current law. Moreover, the new language added in the Senate Health Committee defines a primary care physician as a primary care physician reported to a patient’s insurance provider, thus effectively excluding anyone with PPO insurance or without insurance from the program, and forcing those with some providers to change insurers.
SB2574 SD1 HD2, however, currently contains the original text of HB2092, and thus is the correct approach to fixing this issue.
- The bill has passed Third Reading. Representatives Aquino, Awana, Cullen, Har, Tokioka, Ward, Yamane voted aye with reservations; Representatives Fale and McDermott voted no.
- This bill has now passed both chambers. The Senate disagrees with House amendments, so the bill will go to a conference committee.
Other bills relating to Medical Marijuana:
HB1503 – A bill that makes it harder for landlords to evict tenants on the basis of their legal medical marijuana use.
- This bill has been referred to a joint meeting of the House Judiciary Committee (JUD) and the Consumer Protection and Commerce (CPC) committee.
- This bill was heard, and passed with an amendment that limited its usefulness in the case of condos or other units where a landlord might be in a position where they are unable to comply with the requirements of the condo agreement or horizontal agreement.
- This bill has crossed over to the senate, and has been referred to the Consumer Protection (CPN) and Judiciary and Labor (JDL) committees.
- This bill was heard at 9:30AM on Tuesday the 11th in conference room 229, and passed out of the CPN committee with amendments.
- This bill has passed the senate with twenty five aye votes and one aye with reservations (Slom).
- The House disagrees with Senate amendments to the bill and it will go to conference committee.
To see a list of some of the bills that were put forward for this session but didn’t make it, click here.