Hawaii Gov. David Ige plans to veto a bill that would allow limited transport of medical cannabis between the islands.
Ige, a Democrat, announced that he will kill HB290 because Hawaii’s airspace and parts of its water territory come under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The bill would have permitted the inter-island transport of cannabis by patients for personal reasons, and by producers and retailers for laboratory testing.
“This bill may lead travelers, acting in reliance on this provision, to erroneously believe they are immune from federal prosecution,” he wrote to legislators on June 24. “Additionally, there are a number of operational concerns for both the State Department of Transportation and the State Department of Public Safety.”
The state legislature approved HB290 in May.
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HB290 would have made medical marijuana more accessible to patients in Hawaii. Its shortsighted forthcoming veto, ironically, will come as the state decriminalizes recreational marijuana. The risk is that legitimate medical cannabis users, particularly those on the smaller islands, might be inclined to buy illicit, albeit decriminalized means instead.
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