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Posted: Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 10:49 AM HST

Hawaii lawmakers hear about marijuana dangers

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A group of anti-marijuana advocates tell Hawaii lawmakers that pharmaceutical companies will try to hook people on the drug if it's legalized.

They say states with more relaxed marijuana laws like California have marijuana dispensaries popping up next to schools and churches.

The group Project SAM spoke to lawmakers at a hearing Tuesday.

Bills to decriminalize marijuana were defeated in the Hawaii Legislature this session. But House Majority Whip Sharon Har says the state has to examine the issue anyway because of the push to legalize the substance. She says they also brought up the topic because it's an election year.

A bill to expand the types of doctors that can recommend marijuana in Hawaii was also heard in a Senate committee Tuesday. But it was deferred until April 1.

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