Lawmaker Dreams of Transforming Hawaii Into Marijuana Production Hub

Hawaii House Majority Leader Rida Cabanilla
thinks that legalizing the production and exporting of pot would be
the golden opportunity for Hawaii to tackle its $25 billion

Cabanilla told
Hawaii Reporter:

This state would turn into a manufacturing state. Can
you imagine factories that would be making ‘Maui Wowie’ cookies and
making marijuana macadamia nut candy for export? I think that would
be wonderful.

Maui Wowie, the renowned Hawaiin strain of marijuana, has been
the subject
of Kid Cudi.

also mentions “cannabis-infused chocolate, ice cream,
beverages, capsules, bath soaks, and muscle relief lotions.”

Cabanilla insists she’s not calling for marijuana legalization.
She doesn’t like the stuff. But she thinks it’s a practical step
toward reducing the state’s unfunded liabilities.

First Cabanilla needs to pass House
Bill 2124
which would put the state’s Department of Agriculture
and Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism at the
helm of a temporary working group. It would be tasked with
outlining an export plan and handling other tricky logistics.

Tax revenues would be divided amongst the state Department of
Education, Department of Health, Public Housing Authority, and
Housing and Finance & Development Corporation.

Cabanilla sees a number of problems receding post-roll out:

“I am not even a fan of it. But if that is what it takes for our
state to be in the forefront where we can fix our roads, we can
build more affordable housing, we can help the homeless —that is
the route we should go.  And people in Hawaii will be so
happy, because this may be the state that they don’t have to pay
property tax.”

She added: “Our farmers will never be poor again.”

Hawaii has the optimal climate for the production of illegal
substance production. The bill

The Goddess Pele has provided Hawaii with the best soil in the
nation for marijuana cultivation; it should be capitalized upon for
the good of her people.

Of course, recreational drug use in Hawaii, like in most states,
is illegal. The bill would not lift barriers to domestic use.

But one day Hawaii could export to foreign countries, like the
Netherlands, where it is legal. Cabanilla also hopes to work with
Colorado and Washington, which are unrolling legalization this year
and are facing shortages. Hawaii could fill the void.

Unfortunately, Cabanilla’s plan faces an uphill battle with the
federal government. Moving the plant on federal property is
illegal. But Hawaii in the case that the federal government
entertains a change of heart, the state will be “ready to

Watch the interview from Hawaii Reporter with Rida
Cabanilla below:

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