THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

465

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

S.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that restricting the interisland transportation of cannabis by qualifying patients for their personal medical use is contrary to the intent of state laws that authorize qualifying patients to use medical cannabis.

Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to protect the rights of qualifying patients to use medical cannabis by:

(1) Specifically authorizing the interisland transportation of cannabis for personal medical use; provided that no individual or entity shall be required to violate federal law; and

(2) Requiring the department of transportation to adopt rules for the interisland transport of controlled substances within the State.

SECTION 2. Section 26-19, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"26-19 Department of transportation. The department of transportation shall be headed by a single executive to be known as the director of transportation. The department shall establish, maintain, and operate transportation facilities of the State, including highways, airports, harbors, and such other transportation facilities and activities as may be authorized by law.

The department shall plan, develop, promote, and coordinate various transportation systems management programs that shall include, but not be limited to, alternate work and school hours programs, bicycling programs, and ridesharing programs.

The department shall develop and promote ridesharing programs which shall include but not be limited to, carpool and vanpool programs, and may assist organizations interested in promoting similar programs, arrange for contracts with private organizations to manage and operate these programs, and assist in the formulation of ridesharing arrangements. Ridesharing programs include informal arrangements in which two or more persons ride together in a motor vehicle.

The functions and authority heretofore exercised by the department of public works with respect to highways are transferred to the department of transportation established by this chapter.

On July 1, 1961, the Hawaii aeronautics commission, the board of harbor commissioners and the highway commission shall be abolished and their remaining functions, duties, and powers shall be transferred to the department of transportation.

The department shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 for the interisland transport of controlled substances within the jurisdictional limits of the State, which extend twelve nautical miles from the perimeter of each island and connect Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kahoolawe."

SECTION 3. Section 329-122, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (f) to read as follows:

"(f) For the purposes of this section, "transport" means the transportation of cannabis, usable cannabis, or any manufactured cannabis product between:

(1) A qualifying patient and the qualifying patient's primary caregiver;

(2) A qualifying out-of-state patient under eighteen years of age and the caregiver of a qualifying out-of-state patient;

(3) The production centers and the retail dispensing locations under a dispensary licensee's license;

(4) Dispensaries, to the extent authorized by section 329D-6(r); or

(5) A production center, retail dispensing location, qualifying patient, primary caregiver, qualifying out-of-state patient, or caregiver of a qualifying out-of-state patient and a certified laboratory for the purpose of laboratory testing; provided that a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, qualifying out-of-state patient, or caregiver of a qualifying out-of-state patient may only transport up to one gram of cannabis per test to a certified laboratory for laboratory testing and may only transport the product if the qualifying patient, primary caregiver, qualifying out-of-state patient, or caregiver of a qualifying out-of-state patient:

(A) Secures an appointment for testing at a certified laboratory;

(B) Obtains confirmation, which may be electronic, that includes the specific time and date of the appointment and a detailed description of the product and amount to be transported to the certified laboratory for the appointment; and

(C) Has the confirmation, which may be electronic, available during transport.

For purposes of interisland transportation, "transport" of cannabis, usable cannabis, or any manufactured cannabis product, by any means is allowable only by a qualifying patient or qualifying out-of-state patient for the patient's personal medical use, between dispensaries to the extent authorized by section 329D-6(r) [and], or between a production center or retail dispensing location and a certified laboratory for the sole purpose of laboratory testing pursuant to section 329D-8, as permitted under section 329D-6(m) and subject to section 329D‑6(j)[,]; provided that no individual or entity shall be required to violate federal law, and with the understanding that state law and its protections [do not apply outside of the jurisdictional limits of the State. Allowable transport pursuant to this section does not include interisland transportation by any means or for any purpose between a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, qualifying out-of-state patient, or caregiver of a qualifying out-of-state patient and any other entity or individual, including an individual who is a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, qualifying out-of-state patient, or caregiver of a qualifying out-of-state patient.] do not affect federal law."

SECTION 4. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on June 30, 3000.


 


 

Report Title:

Cannabis; Medical Use; Department of Transportation; Interisland Transportation; Authorization

 

Description:

Authorizes qualifying patients and qualifying out-of-state patients to transport cannabis between islands of the State for personal medical use; provided that no individual or entity shall be required to violate federal law. Requires the Department of Transportation to adopt rules for the interisland transport of controlled substances within the State. Effective 6/30/3000. (HD1)

 

 

 

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