Pubdate: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin (HI)
Copyright: 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Authors: Pamela Lichty and Laurie Temple


Thank you for your Oct. 21 editorial urging legislators to compel the 
governor "to accept a system for patients to gain access to marijuana 
without having to do business with illegal drug dealers" ("Put state 
pot law to use," Star-Bulletin).

The governor's continuing opposition has prevented legislators from 
revising Hawaii's 9-year-old medical cannabis law and better serving 
seriously ill constituents.

Now that the Obama administration is honoring the autonomy of the 14 
states that have legalized medical use of cannabis, we hope that 2010 
will see legislators and the governor working together to ensure that 
Hawaii's program fulfills the original intent of the law: to serve 
sick and dying patients in Hawaii.

A Medical Cannabis Working Group, consisting of patients, physicians, 
caregivers and advocacy organizations, will make recommendations to 
the Legislature to improve the program. The public is invited to the 
Medical Cannabis Talk Story at room 329 of the state Capitol on 
Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m.

Pamela Lichty and Laurie Temple Co-chairs, Medical Cannabis Working Group
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