STAND. COM. REP. NO. 531

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 465

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Health and Human Services and Transportation and Culture and the Arts, to which was referred S.B. No. 465 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to authorize qualifying patients and qualifying out-of-state patients to transport cannabis between islands of the State for personal medical use.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, Inc.; Aloha Green Holdings Inc.; Aloha Medical Consultants LLC dba Akamai Cannabis Consulting; CKL LLC dba Cannabis Society of Hawaii; 808 Health LLC dba Hawaii Cannabis Industry Association; and ten individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Transportation, Department of Health, and Department of the Attorney General.

 

Your Committees find that restricting the interisland transportation of cannabis by patients for their personal medical use is contrary to the intent of existing laws that authorize qualifying patients to use cannabis for medical purposes. This measure protects the rights of qualifying patients and qualifying out-of-state patients to use medical cannabis by specifically authorizing the interisland transportation of cannabis, usable cannabis, or any manufactured cannabis product for the patient's personal medical use.

 

Your Committees acknowledge the concerns raised in testimony that interisland travel is subject to federal law enforcement policies of both the Transportation Security Administration and Federal Aviation Administration that prohibit transportation of cannabis and impose severe penalties on airlines and airline personnel who knowingly transport or allow the transportation of a certain amount of cannabis. Therefore, amendments to this measure are necessary to address these concerns.

 

Accordingly, your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Inserting language providing that no individual or entity shall be required to violate federal law;

 

(2) Inserting an effective date of December 31, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(3) Amending section 1 to reflect its amended purpose.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Health and Human Services and Transportation and Culture and the Arts that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 465, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 465, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Health and Human Services and Transportation and Culture and the Arts,

 

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CHRIS LEE, Chair

 

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JOY A. SAN BUENAVENTURA, Chair