Legislation to establish a system of medical dispensaries for the state’s nearly 14,000 medical marijuana patients has become law without the Governor’s signature. The state Department of Health has until January 4, 2016 to finalize rules governing the dispensary program. Licensed dispensaries are anticipated to be operational by July 15, 2016.
Hawaii voters overwhelmingly support legalizing and regulating the adult use of cannabis, according to just-released statewide survey data by QMark Research and commissioned by the Hawaii Drug Policy Action Group. Sixty-six percent of respondents said they endorsed legalizing cannabis, an increase of nine points since pollsters last posed the question in 2012.
Democrat Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed two separate measures into law to amend the state’s 13-year-old medical marijuana program. House Bill 668 transfers the administration of the state’s medicinal cannabis program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Public Health. Senate Bill 642 increases the quantity of medical cannabis that may be possessed by qualified patients from three ounces to four ounces. It also increases the total number of mature plants that may be legally grown by qualified patients at any one time from three to seven.
Legislative chambers in four states — Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, and New Jersey — have passed measures to reclassify minor marijuana offenses as non-criminal violations, punishable by a fine only — no arrest, no jail, and no criminal record.
Representative Joseph Souki, Chair of the Hawaiian House Committee on Transportation and House Speaker Emeritus, has introduced legislation that would make Hawaii the third state to legalize and regulate the adult use of marijuana. House Bill 150 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce or less of marijuana by adults over the age of 21, in addition to allowing for the licensing and regulation of marijuana retail stores, as well as cultivation and manufacturing centers. Polling conducted this month by the ACLU of Hawaii found that 57% of […]
New polling data, released this past week by the ACLU of Hawaii, shows strong support for marijuana law reform on the islands. 57% of respondents stated that they believed marijuana should be “taxed, regulated, and legalized for adults” – only 39% were opposed. This is up a whopping 20 percentage points in support since they last polled the question in 2005. The survey also asked about the state’s medical marijuana program. An astounding 81% of respondents said they support the current law and 78% were in favor of passing regulations […]
Immediate action is needed in the following states:
Hawaii: Hawaii’s decade-plus medical marijuana law is under fire. The chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Sen. Josh Green (District 3, West Hawaii), is pushing for additional amendments to SB 1458 (which NORML already opposed) that would eliminate chronic pain, nausea, and Crohn’s disease as qualifying conditions under […]
Marijuana law reform legislation is pending in over twenty states, and liberalization measures have been pre-filed in many more. Below is this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s edition of NORMLÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Weekly Legislative Round Up Ã¢â‚¬â€ activistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ one-stop guide to the latest statewide votes and happenings relevant to marijuana law reform.
For a listing of all of the pending marijuana law […]
Marijuana law reform legislation is pending in over twenty states, and progressive measures have been pre-filed in many more. Below is this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s edition of NORMLÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Weekly Legislative Round Up Ã¢â‚¬â€ activistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ one-stop guide to pending marijuana law reform legislation around the country.
** A note to first time readers: NORML can not introduce legislation in […]