House Committee on Judiciary
Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair
Rep. Sharon Har, Vice Chair
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Conference Room 325
415 South Beretania Street
Strong Support – HCR74/HR51 – Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
This resolution paves the way for a dispensary system in Hawaii.
As it currently stands we have a system where it is legal to have marijuana, but it is illegal to get it. Sick people have to buy their medicine on the black market and this is not the intent of the law. This resolution will help develop a system of dispensaries so that the very sick do not need to get their medicine on the black market.
In greater depth:
The current system in Hawaii is such that all medical cannabis patients are required to grow their own medicine. This works well for some patients but excludes many people:
- People who don’t have the strength, or skill to grow their own marijuana.
- People who rent and don’t have the space, or are forbidden from growing marijuana by their rental agreement.
- People who don’t have time to grow their own medicine because they are sick when they come to Hawaii or become sick and need treatment immediately.
A dispensary system would also allow for a greater degree of quality assurance.
- Patients would be able to trust that the medicine they were buying is what it is supposed to be.
- Medicine could be tested, labelled and regulated.
- Some strains that are good for specific conditions would be easier to access. Strains that are good for nausea aren’t always the right thing for patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, for instance.
The current system is forcing patients to buy their medicine on the street. This is is a cruel way to treat the very sick. 85% of Hawaii’s voters agree that we need a dispensary system in place.