The project, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, is already in Colorado, Washington D.C. and Florida. They still have to form a board for the new Hawaii chapter, but four community meetings are planned to rally support and get it off the ground running locally.
“The legalization of marijuana is moving fast in parts of the United States and it looks as though the domino effect could quickly move to other states such as Hawaii,” Project SAM Chairman Patrick Kennedy, the former U.S. congressman, said in a statement.
The goal of the program is simply to engage the community and foster discussion.
“We are excited that Project SAM will be forming a Hawaii chapter and look forward to educating and engaging the community in a dialogue about marijuana,” Co-chairman Kevin Sabet said in a statement.
Kennedy added that an increase in marijuana use in Hawaii could negatively affect the tourism industry and the military.
“Hawaii will become less family-friendly if marijuana is legalized, tourism will suffer and so will Hawaii residents’ quality of life,” he said in a statement.
The community meetings will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Kapolei High School, Tuesday at Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, Wednesday at Kanu O Ka Aina Charter on the Big Island, and Thursday at Koele Lodge on Lanai.
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