The late comedian Rap Reiplinger once had a sketch set entitled "The Helicopter" where two locals command a rotating wing in search of weeds.
Unwilling to read a map upside down, they navigate to the non-existent site "Ikikiaw" – Waikiki, spelled backwards – and find orchids, which they initially mistake as weeds, but still decide to smoke the flowers anyway.
Like Rap's helicopter pilots, there has long been confusion among the public between marijuana and hemp, especially with the recent emergence of hemp cannabidiol products.
To address growing concerns and discuss potential regulation of recreational cannabis and CBD in Hawaii, legislation has scheduled a joint information summary for the Senate and the House Committee later this month. [1
Although cannabis is illegal at the federal level, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational and medical marijuana. "Hawai'i can gain valuable insights by analyzing the experience of other jurisdictions, including cost-benefit analyzes to determine both the social and economic costs of such changes," the joint statement states.
The briefing, which contains a number of health policy policy specialists from the National Conference of State Legislatures, is scheduled for September 12 at the State Capitol and is open to the public, but no testimony will be accepted.
In short, recreational / medical marijuana is similar to hemp in that they both come from strains of the Cannabis sativa plant, but the main difference between the two has to do with their use and the presence of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
CBD is made from hemp as an extract. According to the World Health Organization, unlike THC found in marijuana, the hemp-derived “CBD shows no effects indicating any abuse or addiction potential,” and in the case of the pure CBD drug Epidiolex, it has even been shown as “ Effective Treatment of Epilepsy "in Clinical Studies.
Harvard Health's official blog adds that" CBD is often used to address anxiety, and … CBD can help with both sleeping and sleeping. "Nevertheless, CBD may also have side effects that include blood thinning, nausea, fatigue or irritability.
As CBD products spread on the shelves of Hawaii stores, there are concerns among local policy makers that there may be potential There is disagreement about whether CBD is safe or not, and the FDA insists that because CBD is the active ingredient in Epidiolex, it cannot be added to food, drink and cosmetics, sold as a non-prescription drug, or marketed as a “dietary supplement. "
Among a growing number of freedom advocates, the struggle for marijuana use does not represent as much freedom to use" drugs ", but an important beachhead in rolling back the great government.
Rep. John Mizuno, head of the House Health Committee, said by phone that he acknowledged that "CBDs are available everywhere," but be warned, "Hemp-derived CBDs can contain environmental toxins, such as metals, pesticides, radioactive materials."
"We need to make sure that these products are tested for impurities before we let CBDs be sold; this is a consumer protection issue," says Mizuno. "It seems the audience feels safe to use CBDs, but some people can have a negative reaction to CBDs. If a patient is already using prescription drugs, mixing CBD can cause a side effect. "
As someone who supports full legalization of marijuana to boost Hawaii's economy, I also asked Mizuno honestly if there was any possibility of something that made it a reality in the upcoming session in 2020.
"I don't think our state is ready to allow recreational use," he replied. "I think it would be reasonable to make sure our medical cannabis dispensaries are going well before we go to recreational use. "
Mizuno would like to study the experiences of other states, such as Colorado, to see what concerns, issues and problems have emerged before we give go on to recreational marijuana in Hawaii.
Among an increasing number of freedom advocates, the struggle for marijuana use does not represent as much freedom to use "drugs", but an important beachhead in rolling back major government. As an example, Portugal, which scaled down the drug laws in 2001 by imposing administrative rather than penalties for possession of drugs, since it marked improvements in drug-related crimes and deaths.
Hawaii policy makers are certainly justified in both desires to regulate CBD and gently move on with recreational marijuana, but this should not hamper a potentially profitable and useful new market. There are few profitable industries in post-plantation Hawaii after the Cold War of the 21st century, but the potential for hemp and cannabis products to give Hawaii a financial boost is one that should not be overlooked.
The forthcoming information briefing is likely to be a great opportunity for locals to get a crystal ball into the future of cannabis politics. I say show up, talk to legislators on the side and tell them that Hawaii is ready for full legalization.