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Laws Change, but Attitudes Don't

Medical marijuana has been around for ten years in Hawaii. It was legalized in December of 2000. But there are continuing allegations that Hawaiian police are still treating users as criminals.

The actual rules for handling medical marijuana can be read online. Anyone involved in legal marijuana growing ought to read them. What they don't address is the alleged selective enforcement by police.

In one case, a legal grower called police about someone robbing his plot -- the dollar amount would make this a felony robbery -- and police didn't respond for an hour and a half. That's not good. It happened in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision, not somewhere out in the bush.

In another case, a man who shot a trespasser who was stealing his plants was convicted of manslaughter as well as a felony weapons charge. The thief's lengthy criminal record (five previous burglary convictions as well as registered as a sex offender) was ruled inadmissable. The allegation is that had there been no medical marijauna involved in the case, it wouldn't even have been charged at all and would have fallen under self defense.

At the trial, the marijuana grower was referred to by prosecutors as "addicted to marijuana." He got 20 years.

So which is it going to be? Is legal marijuana a medicine and those growing it solid citizens, or has the legacy of illegal marijuana painted these people forever as stoners and scofflaws? The police are in an odd position. In some cases, possession of marijuana is a crime and they are duty bound to make an arrest. In other circumstance, there is no crime and they are supposed to look the other way. It seems that in some ways, this confusion has led to a prejudice against legal users.


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