Local Connection: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Local Connection: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By: Rick Blangiardi

State legislators are still grappling with what to do about medical marijuana dispensaries and it makes no sense not to have them established and regulated as soon as possible.

There are 13,000 registered medical marijuana patients statewide but no way for them to obtain medical cannabis unless they grow it themselves or buy it illegally.

This is a very different concept from legalized recreational marijuana, which is available in Colorado and Washington state. That I cannot support.

Fifteen years ago, Gov. Cayetano signed into law a bill that allowed marijuana to be prescribed for cancer, glaucoma, HIV/aids, severe pain, severe nausea and seizures associated with chronic pain, including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and other neurological problems.

Hawaii county police chief Harry Kubojiri, a member of the medical marijuana dispensary task force, said he supports the dispensaries, which would be responsible for regulating the purity of the marijuana and to keep it off the black market.

There would also be regulation of the marijuana production centers, which would also be licensed and legalized.

We applaud the task force and those lawmakers who are establishing the recommendations on which the dispensaries and production centers will operate.

The idea is to have at least one dispensary in each county.

Let's get the help people need to relieve their suffering and do it within the law with proper oversight and regulation.

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