State of Hawaii Archives: on Drugs


David Ige: Vetoed transport between islands of medical marijuana

HB 290: Authorizes qualifying patients or qualifying out-of-state patients to transport medical cannabis between islands for their personal medical use.

Marijuana Moment blog summary:Cannabis remains illegal at the federal level--and airspace is federal --hence enacting the bill could lead travelers to "erroneously believe they are immune from federal prosecution."

Veto Message: lnter-island transport necessarily entails travel outside the jurisdiction of the State of Hawai'i, as the State only has jurisdiction up to three nautical miles offshore. Because Hawaii's laws cannot completely regulate the interisland transport of cannabis, a state statute purporting to allow interisland transport may give false comfort to some that such transport is protected from federal enforcement.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 39-12-0 on Apr/30/19; Passed Senate 24-1-0 on Apr/30/19; Vetoed by Governor David Ige on Jul/9/19

Source: Marijuana Moment blog on Hawaii voting record HB 290 Jul 9, 2019

Bob McDermott: Allow transport between islands of medical marijuana

HB 290: Authorizes qualifying patients or qualifying out-of-state patients to transport medical cannabis between islands for their personal medical use.

Marijuana Moment blog summary:Cannabis remains illegal at the federal level--and airspace is federal --hence enacting the bill could lead travelers to "erroneously believe they are immune from federal prosecution."

Veto Message: lnter-island transport necessarily entails travel outside the jurisdiction of the State of Hawai'i, as the State only has jurisdiction up to three nautical miles offshore. Because Hawaii's laws cannot completely regulate the interisland transport of cannabis, a state statute purporting to allow interisland transport may give false comfort to some that such transport is protected from federal enforcement.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 39-12-0 on Apr/30/19; Rep. Bob McDermott voted YES; Passed Senate 24-1-0 on Apr/30/19; Vetoed by Governor David Ige on Jul/9/19

Source: Marijuana Moment blog on Hawaii voting record HB 290 Apr 30, 2019

Cynthia Thielen: Allow transport between islands of medical marijuana

HB 290: Authorizes qualifying patients or qualifying out-of-state patients to transport medical cannabis between islands for their personal medical use.

Marijuana Moment blog summary:Cannabis remains illegal at the federal level--and airspace is federal --hence enacting the bill could lead travelers to "erroneously believe they are immune from federal prosecution."

Veto Message: lnter-island transport necessarily entails travel outside the jurisdiction of the State of Hawai'i, as the State only has jurisdiction up to three nautical miles offshore. Because Hawaii's laws cannot completely regulate the interisland transport of cannabis, a state statute purporting to allow interisland transport may give false comfort to some that such transport is protected from federal enforcement.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 39-12-0 on Apr/30/19; Rep. Thielen co-sponsored and voted YES; Passed Senate 24-1-0 on Apr/30/19; Vetoed by Gov. Ige on Jul/9/19

Source: Marijuana Moment blog on Hawaii voting record HB 290 Apr 30, 2019

Andria Tupola: Require welfare applicants to pass a drug test

Q: Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?

A: No.

Q: Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2018 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2018

Ron Curtis: Keeping drugs illegal means crime, money, and addiction

Q: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?

A: Yes. I don't condone the irresponsible use of any legal or illegal drugs that puts others in harm's way. The problem with illegal or controlled substances, including marijuana, is threefold; crime, money, and addiction. In general, I favor legalizing, controlling, and taxing the industry to remove the crime and money problems related to illegal and controlled substances. Much like the repeal of prohibition, but with global benefits in the reduction of crime and cartels. We then need to use the taxes raised from drug legalization to fund social programs to address the drug awareness, abuse, and addiction problems that remain.

Source: Vote Smart 2018 Hawaii Political Courage Test Jan 1, 2018

John Carroll: Marijuana less damaging than alcohol; legalize it

Q: Do you support full legalization of marijuana?

JC: Yes, I believe that marijuana should be legalized, controlled, regulated and taxed. I believe it is way less damaging to the brain than alcohol.

Source: Maui Time on 2016 Hawaii Senate race Jun 27, 2016

Andria Tupola: Voted against medical marijuana dispensaries

Legislation summary:HB 321: Establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries. Prohibits counties from enacting zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers. Allows a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, or an owner or employee of a medical marijuana production center or dispensary to transport medical marijuana in any public place. Allows persons authorized to use and possess medical marijuana in other states to be treated similarly to qualifying patients in this State. Authorizes the department of health to conduct criminal history checks on license applicants, licensees, and prospective employees of dispensaries and production centers.

Legislative outcome:Passed House 43-8-0 on March 10, 2015; Rep. Andria Tupola voted NO; Passed Senate 23-2 on April 14, 2015; Signed by Governor Ige on 7/15/2015, as Act 241.

Source: Hawaii legislative voting records: HB 321 Jul 15, 2015

Bob McDermott: Voted against medical marijuana dispensaries

Legislation summary:HB 321: Establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries. Prohibits counties from enacting zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers. Allows a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, or an owner or employee of a medical marijuana production center or dispensary to transport medical marijuana in any public place. Allows persons authorized to use and possess medical marijuana in other states to be treated similarly to qualifying patients in this State. Authorizes the department of health to conduct criminal history checks on license applicants, licensees, and prospective employees of dispensaries and production centers.

Legislative outcome:Passed House 43-8-0 on March 10, 2015; Rep. McDermott voted NO; Passed Senate 23-2 on April 14, 2015; Signed by Governor Ige on 7/15/2015, as Act 241.

Source: Hawaii legislative voting records: HB 321 Jul 15, 2015

Cynthia Thielen: Voted against medical marijuana dispensaries

Legislation summary:HB 321: Establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries. Prohibits counties from enacting zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers. Allows a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, or an owner or employee of a medical marijuana production center or dispensary to transport medical marijuana in any public place. Allows persons authorized to use and possess medical marijuana in other states to be treated similarly to qualifying patients in this State. Authorizes the department of health to conduct criminal history checks on license applicants, licensees, and prospective employees of dispensaries and production centers.

Legislative outcome:Passed House 43-8-0 on March 10, 2015; Rep. Cynthia Thielen voted NO; Passed Senate 23-2 on April 14, 2015; Signed by Governor Ige on 7/15/2015, as Act 241.

Source: Hawaii legislative voting records: HB 321 Jul 15, 2015

David Ige: Establish licensing rules for medical marijuana dispensaries

Legislation summary:HB 321: Establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries. Prohibits counties from enacting zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers. Allows a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, or an owner or employee of a medical marijuana production center or dispensary to transport medical marijuana in any public place. Allows persons authorized to use and possess medical marijuana in other states to be treated similarly to qualifying patients in this State. Authorizes the department of health to conduct criminal history checks on license applicants, licensees, and prospective employees of dispensaries and production centers.

Legislative outcome:Passed House 43-8-0 on March 10, 2015; Passed Senate 23-2 on April 14, 2015; Signed by Governor Ige on 7/15/2015, as Act 241.

Source: Hawaii legislative voting records: HB 321 Jul 15, 2015

Brian Schatz: Hawaii not ready for legal pot; needs national conversation

Hanabusa said the states, and not the federal government, should determine whether marijuana should be legalized. Schatz said he does not think Hawaii is ready to legalize marijuana, but does believe there needs to be a national conversation on drug laws that are "incarcerating young men and women and ruining their lives."
Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Jul 8, 2014

Colleen Hanabusa: States should determine marijuana legality

Hanabusa said the states, and not the federal government, should determine whether marijuana should be legalized. Schatz said he does not think Hawaii is ready to legalize marijuana, but does believe there needs to be a national conversation on drug laws that are "incarcerating young men and women and ruining their lives."
Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Jul 8, 2014

David Ige: No marijuana decriminalization but alternative sentencing ok

Q: Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?

A: No.

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Duke Aiona: No marijuana decriminalization but alternative sentencing ok

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?

A: No.

Q: Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?

A: No.

Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Benjamin Cayetano: Philosophy shift to treatment instead of punishment

The federal, state and county governments have waged a “war against drugs,” relying mainly on law enforcement and punishment to deter illegal drug use. [California & Arizona instead] declared drug abuse a health problem. It’s time for a shift in philosophy here in Hawaii. Therefore, I will submit legislation that will mandate treatment instead of punishment for non-violent, first-time offenders. [Let’s] establish “best practices” regulations to assure high quality, effective treatment programs.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 22, 2001

Charles Djou: Prohibit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes

Source: 2000 Hawaii Legislative National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Brian Schatz: Criminalize date-rape drugs as controlled substances

Source: Hawaii Legislative 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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