Many Americans either have, or will soon have, legal access to cannabis: for medical use or adult or recreational use. Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth (MCDFY) was interested to learn from other states and to examine the potential public health impact on Hawaiʻi if cannabis were to be legalized.

On November 8, members of the MCDFY convened a training session on the topic of commercial cannabis.  The training was conducted by Rebecca Ramirez, an expert in public health approaches to cannabis commercialization.  The goal of the training was to educate coalition members on public health policies for cannabis regulation in Hawaiʻi, should it decide to commercialize cannabis in the future.

The coalition learned about various commercial cannabis systems currently in place across other states, and discussed possible public health policies that could be implemented to minimize public health consequences.

With this new knowledge, the coalition hopes to develop a cannabis prevention position in the coming months that would include cannabis education and public health policy recommendations for any future legislation seeking to commercialize cannabis in Hawaiʻi.