The deadline for filing a bill in the Hawaii State legislature has now passed, and we know that the existing bills have all been assigned to committees. Two bills are of particular interest to medical marijuana patients in the Aloha State. SB 2026 along with companion bill HB 1963 would further restrict Hawaii’s medical marijuana law. Both bills are seeking to remove chronic pain as a stand-alone condition that you can use to qualify to use marijuana medically. They would also limit the number of registered medical marijuana cards to three for any one address. Also increasing would be the criminal charge of misrepresenting information on a medical marijuana application from a misdemeanor to a class C felony. These bills were written by legislators in response to what they perceive to be abuses in the current system of Hawaii’s medical marijuana program. Medical marijuana advocates in Hawaii say that the passage of these bills would impact over 90% of the current patient roles in some negative way. But the news isn’t all bad from the Hawaiian tropical paradise.
SB 2405 would allow the legal transfer of seeds, clones and medicine between patients, as long as it was for no compensation. SB 2406 would actually ADD a condition to the qualifying list, PTSD. And finally, SB 2262 would amend the states patients’ pain bill of rights to include medical marijuana. Activists in Hawaii are asking voters to please contact their representatives to let them know they support bills SB2262, SB2406 and SB2405.