STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2513

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 2882

       S.D. 2

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred S.B. No. 2882, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to update the Uniform Controlled Substances Act under chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to make it consistent with amendments to federal law on controlled substances, as required under state law.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Public Safety, Police Department of the City and County of Honolulu, and one individual.

 

     Your Committee finds that this measure amends the Uniform Controlled Substances Act to reflect changes in federal law and to make our state statutes consistent with federal law.  The Department of Public Safety testified that there is a growing problem of synthetic hallucinogenic substances being developed for sale to the public as herbal incense, bath salts, plant food, or legal highs in the State and around the country.  These synthetic hallucinogenic substances are labeled as "not for human consumption", but are readily available for sale in retail shops.  As a result, the Department's Narcotics Enforcement Division and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration are seeking to protect the public by making these synthetic hallucinogenic substances illegal to sell or possess and classifying them as Schedule I controlled substances.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by adopting the language suggested by the Department of Public Safety to add four substances to the Schedule I controlled substances list under section 329-14(g), Hawaii Revised Statutes, that were emergency scheduled by the federal government on February 10, 2014.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Labor that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2882, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2882, S.D. 2.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Labor,

 

 

 

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CLAYTON HEE, Chair