Hawaii lawmakers wish to permit anybody no less than 65-years-old to qualify for medical marijuana, even when they don’t have an underlying situation.
The Senate Well being Committee this week pushed ahead Senate Bill 2718, which might change the definition of a “qualifying affected person” beneath the state’s marijuana legislation to imply any particular person identified by a doctor or superior apply registered nurse as having a debilitating medical situation or anybody who reached the age of 65.
Advocates for the invoice consider that medical hashish has quite a few constructive results and is helpful for many who wrestle with psychological sicknesses, reminiscent of anxiousness, melancholy, insomnia or stress.
Throughout a listening to on the measure Feb. 7, Tami Whitney, who works for the Division of Well being’s Workplace of Medical Hashish Management and Regulation, stated the division has considerations with the invoice.
“Affected person’s who’re 65-and-older could produce other circumstances and different medicines that might end in unfavorable drug interactions,” Whitney stated.
Whitney continued: “Eradicating the medical suppliers’ position to look at sufferers who produce other medical circumstances and could also be taking many different prescription and over-the-counter medicines jeopardizes affected person well being and security.”
SB 2718 now strikes to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has till March 4 to move the measure if the invoice has an opportunity of surviving the session.