Hawaii lawmaker: Export pot to pay off state debt

Hawaii lawmaker: Export pot to pay off state debt

“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,” said Cabanilla, who represents Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe and West Loch.

Hawaii has some $25 billion in debts, encompassing the state retirement system, the public employee union health fund and outstanding bonds. The state also needs billions in repairs for roads, schools and infrastructure.

“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,” she said.

Some of her colleagues support the plan, Cabanilla said, but won’t necessarily come out and say it.

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