Medical marijuana patients push for dispensaries in HawaiiUPDATED 8:17 PM HST Dec 30, 2013Video Transcript
bring a new push for pot! Come Jan. 1st, residents in Colorado will be legally allowed to light up. Relaxing marijuana restrictions around the country have some hoping there will also be changes to Hawaii's policies. KITV-4's Paul Drewes highlights the upcoming battle. Teri Heede is one of Hawaii's 12,000 registered medical marijuana patients. 29:10 "this keeps me walking, this keeps me moving" Teri has had Muscular Scoliosis for over twenty years... But after this debilitating condition stopped her in her tracks.... 300 I fell at work and I literally could not get back up 05 She tired of taking multiple medications and injections, and turned to marijuana for relief. 2038 I traded all of this , for this 40 and if you had a choice, if you had a choice, would you rather eat a cookie or take a shot? Like most other marijuana patients, Teri has to grow her own medicine. She says her seven allowed plants are sometimes not enough. 609 However you take it in seven plants you're going to go to the black market because you're not to be able to grow your own Hawaii is one of 20 states and districts which allow medical marijuana, but one of the only ones without a dispensary for patients to buy their pot. 2:48 a dispensory is really a crying need, more than 10,000 patients are asking for as their number one ask It is one of the issues that will be brought before the state legislature in the New Year. While pot proponents don't expect Hawaii to become the next state to legalize recreational use of the drug, some hope it one day won't be a crime to light up. 2004 Don't lock people for pot. It doesn't fix anything. It never has and never will 10 A bill to de-criminalize marijuana use passed the State Senate last year but stalled in the House. It will be re-introduced again. Because of all the other changes happening around the country with marijuana use, some are holding their breath here that enough lawmakers and residents have also changed their minds when it comes to pot. 7:02 public opinion is changing, demographics are changing, young people are much more open to cannibis they don't see it as the threat their parents or grandparents had Paul Drewes KITV 4 news. There is one change already set for Hawaii's pot program.