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Hawaii medical marijuana dispensary bill dies in conference
    #777556 - 05/02/15 01:16 AM (1 year, 7 months ago)

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After lengthy deliberation, sometimes heated, Hawaii lawmakers on Friday failed to reach an agreement on the implementation of a medical marijuana dispensary system.

Friday was the deadline for bills to move out of conference committee in order to move to a final vote on the floors of the Senate and the House Tuesday. The dispensary bill appeared to be dead after a final conference meeting Friday afternoon, but lawmakers may bring it back before session ends on Thursday.

Although both chambers agreed the Islands need a dispensary system 15 years after medical marijuana was legalized in the state, conferees could not agree on a timeline for the introduction and an application method.

Sen. Josh Green, D-Kona-Kau, the Senate chair, pushed for applications to be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, starting July 31, 2015.

Rep. Della Au Belatti, D-Makiki-Manoa, House co-chair, advocated a Hawaii State Department of Health merit-based approach to applications, and warned that a speedy timeline could lead to an executive veto, since health and public safety departments have expressed concern with the fast adoption date.

The bill would have authorized an official dispensary operating date of May 1, 2016.

House conferees could not agree to everything in the Senate draft of House Bill 321 HD1 SD2, which included the following:

    One license per county would be permitted, with two grow sites per license.
    A total of 10 dispensaries would be permitted for all four counties, including five for Oahu, two each for Maui and the Big Island, and one for Kauai.
    The license applicant pool will be open to all DCCA PBL licensed professionals — more than 100,000 individuals would be eligible to apply — to address House concerns about a health care industry monopoly.
    Applications would be received on a first-come, first-served basis, rather than a merit-based system.
    The diagnostic conditions for medical marijuana patients would be expanded to include anxiety, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Senate and the House Representatives had been scrambling to resolve differences to draft a final version, although they agreed that it is time to introduce a system 15 years after medical marijuana was legalized in the state.



Seriously?  :mypoorbrain:  They spent an entire year writing out the ground rules. Had the department of safety and department of health agree on it. Had a taskforce that crammed the numbers on the effect of the economy, crime rates, and taxation.  Fucking senator decided to change it last minute after hearings to the general public were closed.  He is trying to allow a monopoly to be created in favor of his lobbyists.  So much for the 13,000 patients here.


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Re: Hawaii medical marijuana dispensary bill dies in conference [Re: cheezymold]
    #777582 - 05/02/15 09:23 AM (1 year, 7 months ago)

The congress is basically moot at this point outside of lowering taxes for the rich


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Re: Hawaii medical marijuana dispensary bill dies in conference [Re: Mof]
    #777600 - 05/02/15 02:54 PM (1 year, 7 months ago)

Don't I know it.  Hopefully 2016 gets some of these ancient fucktards out of office.


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Re: Hawaii medical marijuana dispensary bill dies in conference [Re: cheezymold]
    #777843 - 05/05/15 05:23 AM (1 year, 7 months ago)

Update:

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A bill to create a system of medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii cleared a huge hurdle on Monday. The measure seemed doomed last week, but patients celebrated after House and Senate negotiators finally approved the bill.

"What a roller coaster of emotions, this is the exact opposite. Now I'm ecstatic. I just can't imagine. We went from Friday to this. What a high," said medical marijuana patient Teri Heede.

The measure failed to advance out of the conference committee by Friday's deadline, prompting lawmakers to ask for a waiver to keep the bill alive. The Senate President also took the unusual step of removing Senator Josh Green from the negotiating panel and making Senator Will Espero the new chair.

"What we did was allowable under our legislative rules. It is not unprecedented. It is part of our process," Espero said.

Green refused to accept the House's version of the bill which called for dispensary licenses to be given out based on merit. He insisted on a first come, first served system instead.

"In states that have done it the other way, without a transparent process, there's litigation, there's really a lot of problems and that's not the way to do things. It really worries me that if we don't do things right out of the gate, we'll invite mainland corruption," said Green last week after the negotiations fell apart.

"We believe that many of those concerns are going to be addressed and really it's going to be the Department of Health as the regulators who understand health, welfare and safety," said Rep. Della Au Belatti,

Belatti said the bill maintains local control through legal residency requirements for individuals and entities interested in a dispensary license. The measure calls for a total of 8 licenses. Three would be for Oahu, two for Maui, two for the Big Island, and one for Kauai. Each license would allow for up to two retail locations.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Hawaii for 15 years, but many patients had no legal way to obtain the cannabis.

"We could only get the stuff through the black market so it's been that way for the last 15 years," said medical marijuana patient Keoni Ward.

The measure is expected to be easily approved in both houses and then signed by Governor David Ige, who has indicated his support.

HB321, CD1 would allow applications for licenses to be available in Hawaii starting in January 11, 2016. The Department of Health would select the licensees in March and the first dispensary could open as early as July 15, 2016. A $5,000 non-refundable fee would be required to apply for a license. An approved dispensary would pay a fee of $75,000 for a license, with a $50,000 annual renewal fee.

The measure requires all dispensary licensees and employees to be subject to a criminal and background check. It restricts medical marijuana dispensaries within 750 feet of a playground, public housing complex or school. The bill also authorizes licensed dispensaries to be subject to annual unannounced inspections of its operations by the DOH.

Reciprocity with patients from other states would start on January 1, 2018. Later that year, caregivers would no longer be able to cultivate for their registered patients unless they're on an island with no dispensary or they're cultivating for a minor.


So basically Sen. Green was removed from the committee due to outstanding conflict of interests.  His version of the bill only allowed one license per island, at a $30k registration fee, a million dollars for initial investment, and 2 million dollars worth of liquid assets.  The license would have been good until 2025, thus effectively creating a monopoly for his health industry lobbyists.  Fucking scumbag lost 13,000 voters for next term last week.


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Re: Hawaii medical marijuana dispensary bill dies in conference [Re: cheezymold]
    #778136 - 05/08/15 06:34 PM (1 year, 6 months ago)

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