Medical Pot: Lawmakers Decide It's No Longer A Public Safety Issue

Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

Hawaii lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a historic shift in how the state manages its medical marijuana program after years of failed efforts to reform it.

House Bill 668 authorizes the transfer of the program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health. DPS has managed the program since its inception in 2000.

Senate Bill 642 increases “adequate supply” to seven pot plants, immature or mature, and allows a patient to have up to four ounces of usable marijuana at any given time. It also requires patients to get prescriptions from their primary care physician — a controversial provision aimed at combatting fly-by-night doctors blamed for abuse.

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