Hawaii state officials met with lawmakers regarding the rules pertaining to medical marijuana dispensaries.
The lawmakers’ apprehensions include the criteria in which dispensary applicants will be judged.
Hawaii Senator Roz Baker, chairperson to the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee, believes some of the rules went beyond the law that the legislature passed earlier this year, saying that “I get very frustrated when executive departments establish rules that go beyond what the legislature opined.”
One of the issues at hand regards dispensary operators not being allowed to grow their cannabis supply via the use of greenhouses. Which lawmakers find quite perplexing, considering that the Sun doesn’t cost money to operate, thus resulting in dispensaries that use greenhouses to be able to offer their product at a lower retail price.
Here’s what State Senator Russell Ruderman had to say in regards to the prohibition of greenhouse grow operations:
In the state with the best sunlight and the highest cost of electricity. I find it hard to accept the idea that sunlight won’t be allowed as the energy source.
There were also concerns expressed by advocates from the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii regarding the fact that dispensaries won’t be able to carry medical marijuana between islands, which could leave some patients hanging in the wind in respect to being able to access their supply of cannabis.
Here’s what Pam Lichty, the president of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii had to say on the matter:
We’re in an island state. If we’re trying to provide access to patients, how can we deny them access if they’re on Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, or even Ni‘ihau.
Stay tuned to The 420 Times for any new developments regarding Hawaii’s attempt to implement their medical marijuana program’s dispensary system.