In The Shadow of Hazy Marijuana Laws, Hawaiian Patients Rely On a Network of Hush-hush Growers


Reid Kaneshiro administers cannabis oil to his daughter, Maile Jen, in their Mililani home in Hawaii. (Anne M. Shearer / News21)

Reid Kaneshiro administers cannabis oil to his daughter, Maile Jen, in their Mililani home in Hawaii. (Anne M. Shearer / News21)

Under Hawaii’s medical marijuana laws, most of Hawaii’s estimated 13,000 patients first had to commit a crime to obtain and grow medical marijuana. Though Hawaii legalized medical marijuana in 2000, it did not make provisions for legal dispensaries. It required patients to grow their own supply, but did not say where to go to get the seeds or plants to grow.  The sale or transfer of seeds and plants still is illegal, even between patients. For 15 years, the absence of a legislative solution has driven a thriving illegal marijuana market and made it difficult to know who’s using pot legally and who is not. Only this year did the Legislature pass a law allowing for dispensaries.

Source:  In the shadow of hazy marijuana laws, Hawaiian patients rely on a network of hush-hush growers | Washington Post | Blogs | Govbeat

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