Do YOU think that having a Medical Marijuana Dispensary System for qualified patients in Hawaii is a good idea?
You are certainly not alone.
The State of Hawaii Auditor’s conclusion is a resounding “YES we do”. One of the reasons: to protect the public from potential harm. The auditor recognizes that the current system forces patients to either grow their own or seek out black markets. The Auditor’s report (a Sunrise Analysis) reviewed the need and explains the potential benefits of having a medical marijuana dispensary—if a bill is passed.
The Auditor explained:
“Because the sale of marijuana is illegal under state law, there is no place within the state to legally obtain marijuana, which forces qualifying medical marijuana patients to either grow their own (MMJ) or seek out black market products,” the report reads. “For this overriding reason, we conclude that regulation of dispensaries is needed to protect the public from potential harm.”
The report goes on to say that without a system of regulated dispensaries, “patients’ health is jeopardized because a product’s strength, strain and lack of contaminants cannot be verified”
The AUDITORS full report can be viewed at the Public Policy Center at UH Manoa website.
If you read the whole report it refers to House Bill 1587 (a 2014 bill which didn’t pass). The findings are still very important, especially for legislators when reviewing a dispensary bill which WILL be introduced in 2015.
The content of the bill will be based on recommendations by the (HCR-48) Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force members who have been working on this for several months.
You can see the minutes from past meetings HERE.
One of the Dispensary Task Force members, State Senator Josh Green, M.D., (D-Kona), who chairs the Senate Health Committee, offered this hopeful sentiment to West Hawaii Today:
He said that he is confident a [dispensary] bill will pass and it will be signed by Governor David Ige. He also offered that “The program needs to be very tightly regulated . . . And, it should be about the patients who need it the most having access.”
This is encouraging to those working on making medical marijuana dispensaries a reality.
Want to know more?
ON December 16, 2014, You can watch the DISPENSARY TASK FORCE in action when they meet to give their recommendations–at the State Capitol (9-11 A.M.).