Hawaii MMJ Patients Lack Legal Protection
The Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court released a new formal opinion stating Hawaii lawyers are prohibited from providing legal services to those applying for a medical marijuana license. The opinion states, "A lawyer may not 'provide legal services to facilitate the establishment and operation of a medical marijuana business' in accordance with Act 241 or otherwise."
Act 241 is the law that established Hawaii's first statewide medical marijuana retail dispensary system. According to Pacific Business News, lawyers can still provide legal consult regarding the statewide medical marijuana retail dispensary system however, they cannot aid in the creation of such businesses.
Hawaii legalized medical marijuana in 2000 but has yet to have opened any dispensaries for patients. Legislation passed this year which created the framework to establish dispensaries by July 2016.