Medical cannabis system isn’t working for patients

Hawaii’s medical cannabis system isn’t working for patients, and the planned dispensaries will only serve to inflate the prices paid by patients, as well as to incentivize the state to end home growing to increase retail sales tax revenue.

The state of Hawaii and the dispensary investors are laughing all the way to the bank with their sham monopoly dispensary program, where a few will profit and the sick masses will overpay.

A shady organization called Americans for Safe Access has been closely involved with the dispensary plans in Hawaii. One of their leaders, Dan Rush, a labor union official in California, is now under federal indictment for taking bribes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Honolulu should open an investigation into the awarding of dispensary licenses and other potential corruption tied to Americans for Safe Access in the bid to bring dispensaries to Hawaii.

Eric Hafner

Mountain View, Hawaii

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