Below is a list of bills that we support that have been introduced in the current session. Below this you will find a list of some of the bills that have carried over from the 2013 session.
- 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 the House Judiciary Committee and the Consumer Protection and Commerce committee.
- HB1587 - A dispensaries bill introduced by House speaker Souki by request. Some features of the bill are that it allows for both for-profit and non-profit dispensaries, and requires a sliding fee scale. The current draft includes blanks for some important quantities such as how much medicine dispensaries are allowed to dispense and how often.
- This bill has been referred to the committees of health, the judiciary, and finance.
- HB1710 – A bill allowing for dispensaries introduced by representatives Hanohano, Carroll, Mizuno, Evans, and Souki. This version uses the term “compassion centers” and includes a specific provision that these compassion centers be subject to the general excise tax. This bill leaves some important questions about the opperation of compassion centers to county level ordinances, and makes the licensing, registration, and inspection of these facilities a job for county level decision making. It contains a “reciprocity provision” for compassion centers to accept out of state cards.
- SB2734 – This is the same bill, introduced in the senate by English, Chun Oakland, Espero, Gabbard, Ruderman, Solomon, Baker, Dela Cruz, Galuteria, Ihara, Kidani, Nishihara, Shimabukuro, and Tokuda.
- SB2601 – Another dispensary bill, introduced by Senators Espero, Chun Oakland, Nishihara, and Slom. This bill allows for co-operatives, and changes the existing medical marijuana law to read “medical cannabis” instead of “medical marijuana.”
- HB1721 – A bill that makes marijuana a schedule II controlled substance under the Hawaii Uniform Controlled Substances act, so as to make it easier for Hawaii’s medical cannabis program to conform to federal law. To be clear, this act does not change the fact that nationally marijuana remains a schedule I controlled substance.
- HB2092 – This bill, introduced by Representative Bellatti makes a couple of key fixes to the medical marijuana program. Most importantly, this bill removes the language requiring medical cannabis recommendations to come from a patient’s primary care physician.
- SB2593 – This is the same as the above bill, introduced in the senate by Senators Espero, Galuteria, and Nishihara.
- SB2316 – This bill, introduced by Espero, Chun Oakland, Baker, Galuteria, Nishihara, and Slom, creates a task force to recommend best practices for improving the medical marijuana program. The task force would include: One individual from the department of health; One individual from the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii; One individual from the American Civil Liberties Union; Two medical marijuana patients; Two primary caregivers; Two physicians; and Two individuals at large.
- SB2418 – This bill, introduced by Senators Dela Cruz, English, and Solomon, adds to the medical marijuana program a category of high cannabidiol (CBD) low THC products for the treatment of seizures, PTSD, etc.
- 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.
In addition to all of these bills, there is a problematic bill, HB1567 (the same bill has also been introduced to the senate as SB2402) that removes cannabis concentrates from protection under the medical marijuana program. This bill would strip sick patients of choice in how best to use their medicine.
- This bill has been referred to the house committee on Health, the committee on consumer protection, and the Judiciary committee.
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.
Bills from 2013:
These bills passed in 2013:
- HB 668 CD1, Transferring the Medical Cannabis program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health.
- SB 642 CD1: Improving the Medical Cannabis Program and Transferring the Program to the Department of Health.
These bills did not move in 2013 but can still be acted on in 2014
HB 667, HD 2: Amending the current medical cannabis law with the following improvements:
- Allows registered patients or caregivers to provide usable marijuana or any part of the marijuana plant to any other qualifying patient or caregiver as long as no consideration is paid for and that the total amount of marijuana possessed by the recipient does not exceed the adequate supply.
- Caregivers will be allowed to care for up to 3 qualifying patients.
- Qualifying patients shall be immune from searches, seizures, and prosecution for marijuana-related offenses while in the course of transport.
- Out of state qualifying patients who are from states/jurisdictions that allow the medical use of marijuana are authorized to use marijuana while in Hawai‘i as long as they have a valid registry ID card from their home state/jurisdiction.
- Increases the amount that qualifying patients and caregivers are allowed to 5 ounces of usable marijuana (up from 3) and removes the “immature” and “mature” definitions from the law so patients/caregivers are allowed 7 plants, regardless of state of growth.
- Allows reimbursement to caregivers for costs associated with assisting qualifying patients as long as the reimbursement does not include the sale of marijuana.
- Removes identifying information, such as the location of where the marijuana is grown, from registry cards issued to patients and caregivers.
- Physicians do not have to disclose the specific medical condition of their qualifying patients to the controlling state Department but just that the patient qualifies for use of medical marijuana,
- Increases the amount of time for qualifying patients to report any changes of information from 5 days to 10 days.
SB 689: Adding medical use of cannabis to the Pain Patient’s Bill of Rights.
HB 77: Transferring the Medical Cannabis program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health.
HB 1438, SB 685, SB 690: Transferring the Medical Cannabis program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health plus increasing adequate supply for medical cannabis patients and caregivers from 3 mature plants to 21 mature plants.
HB 1042, SB 1218: Transferring the medical cannabis program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health plus allowing dispensaries for qualifying medical cannabis patients and caregivers.
SB 687: Adding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.
SB 688: Reclassification of marijuana from a Schedule 1 Drug to a Schedule 2 Drug.
For information on legislation that would reform Hawaii’s marijuana laws for non-medical use, please visit our sister group, Fresh Approach Hawai‘i!