Hawaii: Take a minute to support patients
We’re halfway through February and legislation is starting
to move. Unfortunately, not all of it is beneficial.
HB 1963 has already been heard and advanced out of one
committee. This bill would, among other things, remove chronic pain from the
list of qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program. This cruel
proposal fails to take into consideration the scientific finding that marijuana
relieves neuropathic pain, a condition notoriously unresponsive to common
email your representative and senator today and ask them to oppose this bill.
In addition to HB 1963, HB 2600 is also moving. This bill
would add further registration requirements for physicians who recommend medical
marijuana — requirements that are not placed on other physicians. Please visit Hawaii News Daily for instructions
on submitting testimony in opposition to this bill.
Finally, a bit of good news. SB 2262 has been scheduled for
a hearing this week. This bill would add medical marijuana to the Pain Patient’s
Bill of Rights, giving chronic pain suffers the ability to accept or reject all
treatment modalities, including medical marijuana. To submit testimony in favor
of this bill, please visit the Hawaii News Daily.
Thanks much for your advocacy.