A slew of bills focused on revising the state’s medical marijuana dispensary system have been introduced during the 2018 legislative session.
While dozens of bills were introduced that would revise existing statutes to accommodate medical marijuana users, others proposed wide-ranging revisions that would allow more people to qualify for medical marijuana.
In particular, Senate Bill 2248 would, if passed, allow anyone who has been authorized to use cannabis in another state — or, in some cases, other countries — to qualify for medical marijuana use in Hawaii. At the same time, the bill expands the definition of “debilitating medical condition” to include opioid addiction, allowing recovering addicts to use marijuana to alleviate the effects of opioid withdrawal.
Introduced Jan. 19 by Maui Sen. Rosalyn Baker, SB 2248 also broadens the range of products marijuana dispensaries are permitted to sell to include transdermal devices — the law currently only permits transdermal patches — and cannabinoid suppositories.
Furthermore, the bill also prohibits employers from firing employees for being qualified medical marijuana patients and extends