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New bill seeks legalization of home cultivation of medicinal marijuana

Posted: Aug 15, 2018 2:18 PM Updated:

It's been five years since the referendum that legalized medicinal marijuana here. But there is growing frustration over the failure to fully implement the law, and that's lead to the introduction of a new bill to legalize home cultivation.

Senators held a public hearing Tuesday night on Senator Louise Muna's bill that allows for limited home cultivation by certified patients and their caregivers. It is a stopgap measure meant to provide some relief until all the marijuana industry hurdles can be cleared, such as a lack of facilities to test and dispense the products.

"I don't disagree with dispensaries and labs, it's definitely pharmaceutical and we definitely need a lab, we need to test medicine as we do with all medicines," she said. "I think the patients, the certified patients' needs could be met if we could cultivate cannabis for personal use until such time that a dispensary opens."

Testimony was mostly positive, with some, such as senatorial candidate William Parkinson, pushing for the expanded use of home grown pot. "To do it properly you must implement home cultivation with a full adult use legalization together. That is, when you actually reduce the strain on law enforcement because you simplify the enforcement," he expressed.

Then there was Kin Concepcion, whose late son KC, a cancer patient, was the namesake for the 2013 law. He's frustrated that other patients have had to suffer because of the lack of implementation. He shared, "This is the opportunity. This is not going to cost as much as a $2 million laboratory or whatever that's needed. Educate the people, tell them how great it's going to be, and let it work."

"Why are we waiting this long? That's all I have to say. It's just that, I just can't believe it. Five years and we're not doing anything about it."

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