These past few months, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about medical marijuana. And no, the questions haven’t been about how to get medical marijuana! Rather, companies and the media have been asking me various questions about the rights of businesses when it comes to medical marijuana usage, either by employees or even customers. It appears these questions have become more and more common because medical marijuana dispensaries will be opening shortly here in Hawaii.
Recently, the Kokua Line – a column for the Star Advertiser – wrote a couple of brief articles addressing some of the questions that are commonly raised by businesses. You can read the articles on the following links:
There were also several bills relating to medical marijuana moving through this year’s legislative session. Only one bill is still alive, however, and that measure would expand the reasons for which an individual could qualify for a medical marijuana card. Under current law, an individual qualifies for medical marijuana usage if s/he has a “debilitating condition” – which currently includes cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDs, or a chronic or debilitating disease or condition that involves cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, or PTSD.
For further information about Hawaii’s medical marijuana laws, you can read the applicable statutes here: HRS Chapter 329.