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Larry Price

Smoke Is In The Air

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (3/26/14), the discussion about making marijuana easier to obtain is alive and well at the state Capitol. A helpful group from out of town, Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), is back. SAM advocates would like state lawmakers to take what they call a “common sense” approach on marijuana policy. Nothing wrong with that. After all, we can use all the help we can get.

What I find interesting is they want Hawaii’s lawmakers to learn from states like Colorado, Washington and California.

Hawaii has always been at the fore-front in legalizing medical marijuana. And while Hawaii has a legislature that has legalized medical marijuana, it is still difficult to obtain. And while that is probably true, like other drugs, marijuana probably should be hard to obtain, for safety reasons.

We should remember that marijuana is a weed that can grow wild in any tropical region. One of the most politically relevant arguments for marijuana is that it would bring in millions of dollars. If you add the fact that marijuana is probably one of the biggest hydroponics crops in the state, all the discussion about looking more favorably on marijuana as an industry in Hawaii is getting scary for some people.

If anyone has listened to HPD’s testimony about why it is against a marijuana industry in the Islands, they would probably agree that there is a dark side to marijuana.

Simply put, having marijuana gain the status of an industry in Hawaii is a scary thought. Can you imagine all the fields that used to be planted with sugar and pineapple covered with towering marijuana trees and shrubs in a couple of months? I guess this one factor keeps the possibility of a more liberalized view of marijuana on the front page. Hopefully, our legislators will take Project SAM’s advice and take a common-sense approach to dealing with our potentially lucrative marijuana industry.

It’s a good bet our state lawmakers will be talking more about marijuana in the next session, with all the newly elected candidates waiting to be heard.

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