On May 3, 2022, HB 2260 HD1 SD2 CD1, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Yamane (D), was approved by the Senate on a 25-0 vote with three voting aye with reservations. That same day, the House also approved the measure on a 50-1 vote. The bill now awaits the signature of Gov. Ige. The bill accomplishes the following:
Allows cannabis to be transported inter-island by and between dispensaries under certain circumstances.
Redefines the term “medical cannabis production center” to mean “a series of structures located within the same secured fence line.”
Allows inter-island transport of up to one gram for testing.
Extends caregivers’ ability to cultivate cannabis for an unlimited number of patients until December 31, 2024. After December 31, 2024, patients can only purchase from a licensed dispensary or cultivate their own cannabis provided that no more than five patients cultivate at any single location.
Increases the allowable number of production centers for each licensee to three.
Increases the number of allowable number plants for each production center to 7,500 or 15,000 plants total across all production centers.
Allows the Department of Health to authorize each licensee up to three retail dispensary locations.
Allows dispensaries to purchase up to 800 ounces per 30 days from other dispensaries.
Appropriates $50,000 for the assessment of the medical licensing framework.