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‘High time’ for Hawaii to legalize marijuana

I would like to add my voice to the growing number of persons who recognize it is high time (pun intended) Hawaii, the first state to legalize medical marijuana, join the other states and Canada in legalizing adult use recreational cannabis.

There are several reasons to do this, including a new source of revenue; new source of employment and business; agricultural land will remain in agriculture; our largest visitor markets, California, Canada, Washington and Oregon, have all legalized (let’s make our visitors feel like they are home away from home); free law enforcement to pursue serious, violent crimes; and free people from prison who should not be there.

I applaud the members of the Maui County Council who unanimously adopted Resolution 21-19, making Maui County the first local jurisdiction statewide to offer support for legalizing, regulating and taxing responsible, adult-use cannabis. It’s important to note that this resolution also supports granting clemency to anyone incarcerated on a cannabis conviction and expunging those convictions.

The 240 members of Cannabis Maui stand ready, willing and able to assist in any way possible to pass the laws necessary to legalize adult use of recreational cannabis. Anyone interested in assisting us, go to Cannabis Maui on Facebook.

Paul Janes-Brown

Pukalani

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