House passes medical marijuana bill

HONOLULU — Some Hawaii lawmakers are pushing to make medical marijuana available for people who suffering from a variety of illnesses.

The House of Representatives recently passed Senate Bill 174, which seeks to allow people to qualify for medical marijuana if they suffer from lupus, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis or arthritis.

“I supported this bill because medical studies have shown that the impact of these debilitating illnesses have been helped by cannabis,” said Rep. Nadine Nakamura, D- 14. “With medical marijuana dispensaries opening later this year, people with these debilitating illnesses will have easier access for their treatment.”

Justin Britt, CEO of Green Aloha, a medical marijuana dispensary licensed to open on Kauai, supports the measure.

“We believe cannabis has the potential to help many medical conditions,” he said.

There are three weeks left in the Legislative session.


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