This article originally appeared in Honolulu Civil Beat, and is reprinted with permission.
HONOLULU, HI — Hawaii medical marijuana patients may not have to toil over the stove baking edibles for much longer.
Amendments passed recently to House Bill 2729, a wide-ranging medical cannabis bill, would allow dispensaries to manufacture edible, cannabis-infused products such as baked goods, gum, drinks or candy. They would need to be sold with a warning label and could not contain more than 10 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.
Medical cannabis is legal in Hawaii, but the federal government still classifies it as a Schedule I drug “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” alongside meth, heroin and ecstasy.
Some employers still bar medical cannabis patients from using the drug because of conflicts between state and federal laws,