The eighth in a series of articles chronically the medical marijuana programs for twenty states as well as the District of Columbia, the state of Hawaii is the next to be examined.
It is through articles such as this which are sent to Utah lawmakers in an attempt to further their understanding of benefits of medicinal cannabis in attempt to legalize it through the state of Utah.
Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano signed Senate Bill 862 on June 14, 2000 after it was approved by the House 32-18 and by the Senate 13-12.
The law became effective December 28, 2000 and served to remove state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a signed statement from their physician affirming that he or she suffers from a debilitating condition and that the “potential benefits of medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks.”
The law establishes a mandatory, confidential state-run patient registry that issues identification cards to qualifying patients.
Conditions approved by the state of Hawaii for treatment with medical marijuana include cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS; A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease.
Other conditions are subject to approval by the Hawaii Department of Health.
The amount of marijuana that may be possessed jointly between the qualifying patient and the primary caregiver is an “adequate supply,” which shall not exceed three mature marijuana plants, four immature marijuana plants, and one ounce of usable marijuana per each mature plant.
House Bill 668 Amendment became effective June 25, 2013 and served to establish a medical marijuana registry special fund to pay for the program and transfers the medical marijuana program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Public Health by no later than Jan. 1, 2015.
Senate Bill 642 was amended and will become effective January 2, 2015 and will redefine “adequate supply” as seven marijuana plants, whether immature or mature, and four ounces of usable marijuana at any given time; stipulates that physician recommendations will have to be made by the qualifying patient’s primary care physician.
Grassroots organizations such as UtahCARE – Cannabis Awareness, Respect and Education, Hempower Utah and Utah Moms for Marijuana will work together in 2014 on the campaign to “educate in order to medicate” by ensuring each Utah lawmaker receives frequent e-mail blasts with articles such as this in order to further the movement to legalize cannabis in Utah.
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