Patients Without Time, in cooperation with Maui County Citizens for Democracy in Action, submitted the proposed Hawaii Sustainable Family Farm Act to the Hawaii Legislature, unfortunately the legislature has failed to pass any medical marijuana reforms. We the people can create the medical marijuana laws that we want in Maui County by the initiative process.
2012 has brought progress in easing the prejudicial prohibition against medical marijuana patients. Eighteen states are currently standing up in support of medical marijuana patient's rights and ignoring the US federal government's over zealous persecution of medical marijuana patients.
Medical marijuana was legalized in Connecticut on June 1, 2012.
Massachusetts voters passed a Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative by a vote of 63% to 37%, making Massachusetts the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana, on Nov. 6, 2012.
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington DC already have laws that legalized marijuana for medical use.
Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania still have medical marijuana legislation pending.
An Arkansas Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative lost at the polls by a close vote of 51.45% against vs. 48.55% for legalizing medical marijuana.
Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin considered medical marijuana bills, but no medical marijuana legislation was enacted this year.
The US federal government will be under greater pressure to amend their ridiculous rating of medical marijuana as a Schedule I in the Controlled Substances Act. Especially when two states, Colorado and Washington, have passed laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use, in addition to already being legal for medical use.
Barack Obama and Medical Marijuana (interview Q&A), 2008.
Call Off the Global Drug War, by JIMMY CARTER, the 39th US president, founder of the Carter Center, and the winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, published: June 16, 2011, New York Times.
2011 State of Hawai'i House and Senate Bills for Cannabis Reform
SB 58, RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS. Increases the amount of cannabis that constitutes an adequate supply by allowing a qualifying patient to possess 10 cannabis plants and 5 ounces of cannabis at any given time. Makes identification of the site where cannabis is grown confidential. Prohibits the department of public safety from requiring that a certifying physician be the patient's primary care physician. Prohibits certifying physicians from naming or describing a patient's particular debilitating condition. Increases the permissible ratio of patients to caregivers by allowing a caregiver to grow cannabis for no more than 3 patients at any given time. Allows transfer to another qualified patient and transport of medical marijuana without prosecution. Read SB 58 and check its Status.
SB 113, RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS RESEARCH - Medical Cannabis; Research Program. Establishes a 3-year pilot medical cannabis research program in the State to provide a means by which a team of qualified researchers would undertake medical cannabis research involving local qualifying medical cannabis patients. Read SB 113 and check it Status.
SB 174, RELATING TO Health - Controlled Substances; Marijuana. Removes marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols from the schedule I controlled substances list and places them in the schedule III controlled substances list. Effective 7/1/2050.Read SB 174 and check its Status
SB 175, RELATING TO Health - Medical Use of Marijuana. Transfers departmental jurisdiction of the medical marijuana laws from the department of public safety (DPS) to the department of health (DOH). Requires the DPS to continue to maintain a verification service to confirm registration that is accessible 24/7 to the DOH. Requires DPS to assist with the transfer to the DOH. Effective 1/2/2012. Read SB 175 and check itsStatus.
SB 1458, RELATING TO Health - Health; Medical Marijuana. Creates three classes of medical marijuana licenses: class 1 medical marijuana compassion center license for the sale of medical marijuana to qualified patients; class 2 medical marijuana cultivation license; class 3 medical marijuana-infused products manufacturing license. Specifies requirements for each class. Makes medical marijuana sales subject to income and excise taxes. Establishes a fee for issuance and renewal of a license and a special marijuana sales tax. Takes effect 7/1/2050. Read SB 1458 and check its Status
SB 1459, RELATING TO MARIJUANA - Marijuana; Civil Penalties for Possession of One Ounce or Less. Establishes licensure of producers, processors, and dispensers of medical marijuana. Requires secure registration system. Reserves authority to regulate medical use of marijuana to the State. Directs the auditor to conduct a cost-benefit evaluation. Read SB 1459 and check its Status
SB 1460, RELATING TO MARIJUANA - Marijuana; Civil Penalties for Possession of One Ounce or Less. Establishes a civil violation for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana that is subject to a fine of not more than $100, and establishes an adjudicatory structure for its enforcement. Deletes reporting requirements of board of education for students possessing one ounce or less of marijuana. Clarifies that medical marijuana patients and primary caregiver may assert affirmative defense to prosecution, criminal or civil, involving possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. Excludes possession of one ounce or less of marijuana from authority of Hawaii paroling authority to require paroled prisoner to undergo and complete substance abuse treatment. Excludes possession of more than one ounce of marijuana from authority of courts to require a defendant to undergo and complete substance abuse treatment for probation violation. Clarifies definition of detrimental drug to exclude one ounce or less of marijuana. Excludes possession of one ounce or less of marijuana from offenses of promoting a detrimental drug in the second degree and third degree. Clarifies a civil violation for possession of marijuana does not constitute a prior offense for purposes of the conditional discharge law. Effective 7/1/2050. Read SB 1460 and check its Status
HB 544, RELATING TO MARIJUANA POSSESSION - Marijuana Possession; Violation. Reclassifies possession of less than one ounce of marijuana from a petty misdemeanor to a violation. Read HB 544 and check its Status
HB 923, RELATING TO HEALTH - Health; Medical Marijuana. Creates three classes of medical marijuana licenses: class 1 medical marijuana compassion center license for the sale of medical marijuana to qualified patients; class 2 medical marijuana cultivation license; class 3 medical marijuana-infused products manufacturing license. Specifies requirements for each class. Makes medical marijuana sales subject to income and excise taxes. Establishes a special marijuana sales tax on sales of medical marijuana. Establishes a fee for issuance and renewal of a license and a special marijuana sales tax. Takes effect 8/7/2012. Read HB 923 and check its Status
HB 1169, RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES - Health; Medical Marijuana. Clarifies the state's medical use of marijuana law. Increases penalties for fraudulent application to make consistent with penalties for other controlled substances. Read HB 1169 and check its Status
HB 1085, RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES - This measure amends Chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to bring the Hawaii statutes on controlled substances to be consistent with the federal laws on controlled substances, and increases the fee for the registration certificate for qualifying patients for medical marijuana. (HB1085 HD1) Read HB 1085 and check its Status
HB 1624, RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA RESEARCH. Establishes a 3-year pilot medical marijuana research program in the State to provide a means by which a team of qualified researchers could undertake medical marijuana research involving local qualifying medical marijuana patients. Effective 7/1/11. Sunset 6/30/14. (HB1624 HD1)Read HB 1624 and check its Status