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Legalizing Weed: 4 Quotes From Lawmakers After Medical Marijuana Became Legal in Hawaii

By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 04:22 PM

Hawaii officially passed its medical marijuana law in 2000, but has been dealing with regulations ever since. Despite the law’s passage, no official legal way to obtain weed was available

Most recently, the state passed a measure allowing the establishment of 16 dispensaries that would allow patients to obtain medical marijuana legally, reports Civil Beat.

Here’s what lawmakers have been saying about medical marijuana since it became legal in Hawaii.

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1. “This isn’t a question of public safety, this is a question of helping those around us,” said Rep. Chris Lee, D-Kailua, according to Civil Beat. He was speaking on behalf of House Bill 321, which gives patients access to legal dispensaries.

2. Recognizing the revenue potential, House Majority Floor Leader Rep. Rida, Cabanilla, D-Ewa Beach, said the state of Hawaii should consider growing weed, Toke of the Town reported.

"The state of Colorado made $1.6 billion in two weeks just by selling it. How much do you think we're going to make for producing it and selling it? When we are the best, we are the best. We have the best marijuana in the world. I haven't tried it, but the people that have tried it say, 'Wow!'"

She introduced a bill that would allow the growth and export of marijuana in Hawaii.

3. Rep. Richard Creagan, M.D., D-Naalehu, Captain Cook, Keauhou, was a co-sponsor to Cabanilla’s bill to grow weed as a crop, according to Hawaii News Now.

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"It's hard for me to say at this point how powerful of an economic engine it would be for Hawaii. I admire her faith in that and I think it might be warranted and I think that's part of why a working group is useful to explore it, because as she said that would prepare us to be ready should the opportunity present itself to our state. Our country is moving towards an eventual goal of legalizing marijuana. It's legalized in a host of states for medical reasons and when you look at the risk benefit of marijuana versus other things like narcotics the risk is small and the benefit is huge," Creagan said.

4. Medical marijuana dispensaries are not widely supported by all lawmakers. A new bill allowing them did face opposition, KITV reported.

“There is no language in this bill to prohibit the manufacturing and sale of edible marijuana-infused products,” said Rep. Marcus Oshiro. “This is dangerous to young people.”

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