HONOLULU (AP) - The state announced its medical marijuana rules Tuesday,
saying certified patients will be allowed to possess up to three ounces of
marijuana and grow up to seven plants.

Ted Sakai, director of the Department of Public Safety, detailed the
regulations under a law passed earlier this year. Doctors can get a
registration certificate for a patient to use marijuana to ease pain caused
by debilitating diseases such as cancer and AIDS.

The rules take effect Dec. 28.

Other cultivation or possession of marijuana is illegal under state law. It
is illegal even for medical purposes under federal law, but Sakai said the
state is seeking to resolve that conflict with the federal government.

Medical marijuana is now legal in nine states, although the U.S. Supreme
Court agreed last month to review the conflict between state and federal
laws.

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