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Hawaii Lawmakers Considering Bill to Broaden Where Marijuana Can be Grown

HONOLULU – Some lawmakers and advocates say medical marijuana dispensary applicants could be at a disadvantage because state Health Department rules don’t allow greenhouses.

Lawmakers are considering a bill to allow medical marijuana business owners to grow plants in greenhouses, shade houses or outdoors in the open air.

Right now, rules posted on the Hawaii Department of Health’s website say that isn’t allowed, and medical marijuana must be grown in an enclosed structure. Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said that the department doesn’t plan on changing the rules unless there’s a change in state law.

Hawaii lawmakers said it wasn’t their intention to ban greenhouses or outdoor growing as long as facilities are secure. Hawaii has some of the highest electricity costs in the nation, and potential marijuana business owners say they could save thousands of dollars in electricity costs growing marijuana with sunlight.

“We think that this bill would remedy a very bad oversight or misstep in the admin rules,” said Pam Lichty, president of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii. [Read more at the Maui News]

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