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How do you feel about the imminent opening of medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii?

  • B. Not looking forward to it (445 Votes)
  • A. Eager; long-awaited (359 Votes)
  • C. Don’t care either way (249 Votes)

This is not a scientific poll — results reflect only the opinions of those voting.

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    • Agree, medical use, 100% support. Non-medical use- bad idea. Unfortunately, where it is passed for medical use, the vast majority use is for recreational purposes. Here’s the problem, it is true that a large percent of the population could use MJ for recreational use and not have any problems. But….and that’s a big but, for a percentage, it will lead to their downfall and can hurt others in the process. And to argue it is a source of tax revenue is not a good argument as well. Weigh the revenue against the cost of treating the addicted and the damage they cause. Plus, the last thing the government needs is more revenue.

  • Time has come for legalization. Marijuana has been miss-classified for years and treated the same as heroin and crack. Legalization will help eliminate the “dealer” and bring the state a ton of taxes if we just did not have to reinvent the wheel. Why not look at what Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Washington, D.C. and others are doing.

  • Legalize it already, weed is actually less harmful than cigarettes and it’ll only put dope dealers out of business. Secondly, let them charge a massive tax on it to fund Mufi’s and Caldwell’s massive choo-choo boondoggle. Since it doesn’t look like they plan to scrap the monstrous rail might as well use the taxes from weed to fund it and the future O&M expenses.

    • Except it’s immoral to pretend that marijuana should be a schedule 1 drug and considered more dangerous than cocaine or amphetamines, despite the fact that it is impossible to overdose on and doesn’t appear to be physically addictive.

      • Hey Kalaheo1, it was only on August 10, 2016 that the DEA decided to keep marijuana a Schedule 1 drug. All that you post and more were presented to the DEA and they have decided. U.C. Berkley working together with the DEA has perfected a testing equipment that accurately measures marijuana in a persons system similar to the test for alcohol.

        The FDA is testing a medical marijuana substitute that is providing very positive results and most important, you don’t have to inhale any smoke.

    • Cannabis isn’t physically addictive like valium, pain pills, or alcohol.

      Some people become psychologically dependent on it the same way you can to comfort food, or reality tv, bit no one will ever die from not getting it like alcohol, pain pills, or valium.

    • This law says that the risk of addiction is worth the medical benefits that the patient will derive from the drug. Certainly this risk is much less then other opioid painkillers. Overall this is good policy.

    • Cojef, fully agree with your post. And, with the number of States that have legalized marijuana, it provides many choices for individuals who want marijuana legalized to relocate to those States.

    • Sorry. One doesn’t get addicted to pakalolo.

      And the way Hawaii chose to create these dispensaries was very weird. Eighteen years after making them legal, we finally made it so folks don’t have to go to the black market to get their medication.

      *However* the dispensaries won’t have pot that can be smoked, despite that being the most direct delivery mechanism, and the one that delivers the fastest and most effective pain-lessening. Because, according to the lawmakers involved, they didn’t want to damage people with smoking.

      Nice Theory. Except…smoking marijuana is HUGELY less difficult on the lungs – hugely! – than toxic cigarette smoke is, with (literally) hundreds of non-organic substances carried in the smoke inhaled from regular cigarettes (even worse with menthol ones).

      So. The advent of dispensaries, almost 2 decades after the medical marijuana law was passed, won’t cut into illegal pakalolo economy at all. People who most need the pain relief it brings will still need to go to the black market to get it.

      Strange, isn’t it?

  • They have medical MJ with very little THC…in fact so low that you can’t high with it. But very high in the medicinal chemical….of course no one wants or buys that species of MJ….so you know it’s all shibai!

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