Lingle says current drug is much stronger than the weed of yesteryear
Kona, Hawaii – Video by Baron Sekiya, Hawaii247.org
During a recent speech made before the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle took a hard stance against the recent legislative push to legalize marijuana dispensaries for medical use.
The governor points to the situation in California, where she says legal marijuana dispensaries now outnumber both McDonalds and Starbucks. The governor says the term of “compassion centers” given to these dispensaries is an insult, because in reality they are simply “pot stores”.
Lingle also claims that today’s marijuana is far more potent than the herb that people knew in the 1970s.
The Hawaii state legislature is considering allowing medical marijuana dispensaries. The bill would levy a $30 per ounce tax on medical marijuana, and would bring raise an estimated $50 million per year for the financially ailing state. Other laws being considered by the state would eliminate criminal penalties for marijuana possession, and allow medical marijuana patients to have more plants and ounces of the herb.