STAND. COM. REP. NO 763

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                

 

RE:    S.B. No. 1131

       S.D. 2

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred S.B. No. 1131, 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:

 

     (1)  Update the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), for consistency with amendments to federal law on controlled substances;

 

     (2)  Amend section 329-20, HRS, to add new controlled substances that have been federally scheduled, as required under section 329-11, HRS; and

 

     (3)  Add a new synthetic cathinone and eight new synthetic cannabinoids to section 329-14, HRS.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Public Safety.

 

     Your Committee finds that this measure amends Hawaii's Uniform Controlled Substances Act, codified as chapter 329, HRS, to be consistent with changes in federal law and any emergency scheduling actions taken by the Narcotics Enforcement Division Administrator, as required by section 329-11, HRS.  Your Committee further finds that there is a growing problem in the State of new synthetic hallucinogenic substances being offered for sale to the public as herbal incense, bath salts, plant food, or legal highs.  Numerous adverse effects have been reported from these new synthetic cathinones and synthetic cannabinoids, including seizures, coma, agitation, convulsions, and in some cases, death.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by inserting an effective date of January 7, 2059, to encourage further discussion.

 

     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. 1131, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1131, S.D. 2.

 

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

 

 

 

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GILBERT S.C. KEITH-AGARAN, Chair