HB 321 HD1 Talking Points

HB321 has been scheduled for a hearing.

The decision-making hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 9:55 a.m. in Conference Room 211.

Click here for the text of the bill. Click here for the HEARING NOTICE.

Click here for the committee report outlining the changes made to the bill,

Click here to submit testimony online.

How to Address Your Testimony

To:  COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR- Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Chair, Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro, Vice Chair

To: COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS- Senator Jill N. Tokuda, Chair, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Vice Chair

From: You

Decision Making Hearing Date/Time : Wednesday, April 08, 2015, 9:55 am. Place: Conference Room 211, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street

POSITION: Strong Support of HB 321, HD1, SD1

Dear Chairs Keith-Agaran and Tokuda, Vice-Chairs Shimabukuro and Kouchi and Members of the Committees,

[Please write a personal message about why having a well-regulated, medical marijuana dispensary system is important to you. It is important to be polite, and specific about the bill. For our take on the bill, see the talking points below.]

Talking Points:

This bill will allow patients a safe and legal way to get their medicine from licensed, controlled, and regulated dispensaries. It will spare sick patients from having to go to the black market to get their medicine.

More specifically:

  • This bill takes the right approach by putting patients first.
  • It correctly limits the taxation of medical cannabis to the general excise tax so that medicine will be affordable to patients.
  • It requires rigorous quality control to protect patients’ health, and promotes the education of doctors, patients, dispensary workers, and the general public,
  • The bill has strong protections to protect public safety, including requiring strict security measures for dispensaries and producers and proven inventory control safeguards.

However, we recommend that the bill be amended in the following ways:

  • This bill requires vertical integration. There should be separate licenses for growers and dispensaries, as the people best suited to produce medicine may not understand the business of customer service.
  • This bill only grants a certain number of licenses. The bill should be changed to allow the department of health to issue new licenses as it sees fit.
  • This bill creates several new felonies, for violating the rules of the dispensary system and for improperly storing medical cannabis. These should not be allowed to remain in the bill.
  • The bill limits the types of products that can be produced to: capsules, pills, lozenges and oils. Ideally edibles would be included in this list, provided that they are not “candies”.