Nine states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington — plus the District of Columbia allow recreational sales of marijuana. Another 21 states (Hawaii included) allow only some form of medical marijuana and 16 allow a lesser medical marijuana extract.
There are many reasons to oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use OR even decriminalization. Here are just a few:
- Even though some states have legalized marijuana for medical (or even recreational) purposes, it is still illegal to possess, use or distribute marijuana according to federal law.
- Marijuana use WILL increase if it is made available. Hawaii’s keiki will be the ones who will suffer the most. Hawaii already has a higher than average youth usage of e-cigarettes. It is irresponsible to think they will NOT access marijuana.
- Today’s marijuana is not the 1970’s version of “Maui Wowee” or “Kona Gold.” THC contents are astronomically higher.
- Drugged driving will plague Hawaii’s roads. In their 2019 testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hawaii Department of Transportation reported that “22 percent of fatal crashes that occurred during calendar years 2013 to 2017 resulted in positive findings for marijuana in drivers, bicyclists or pedestrians. ”
- Under legalization, a black market will still sell tax-free marijuana to adults and youth.