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Hawaii: 66 Percent Of Voters Back Legalizing Marijuana

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hawaii marijuana legalizationBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Hawaii voters overwhelmingly support legalizing and regulating the adult use of cannabis, according to just-released statewide survey data by QMark Research and commissioned by the Hawaii Drug Policy Action Group.

Sixty-six percent of respondents said they endorsed legalizing cannabis, an increase of nine points since pollsters last posed the question in 2012.

Seventy-seven percent of respondents separately said that jail time is an inappropriate sanction for those found to be in violation of the state’s existing marijuana possession laws. Under present law, possessing any amount of cannabis for non-medical purposes in Hawaii is a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Eight-five percent of those polled also backed the establishment of licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. Hawaii lawmakers legalized the possession and cultivation of medicinal cannabis by state-qualified patients in 2000, but did not provide for dispensaries.

Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey, Maine, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, DC now have licensed medical cannabis dispensaries up and running. (California dispensaries are not licensed by the state.) Similar dispensary outlets are in the process of opening in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Oregon.

Summaries of various pending bills to liberalize Hawaii’s marijuana policies are available online here and here.

The QMark poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points.

For those keeping score, recent statewide polls in ArizonaCaliforniaGeorgia, IndianaLouisianaMarylandMichiganNew HampshireOregon, and Texas all show majority support for legalizing the adult consumption of cannabis.

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5 Comments

  1. Because they snuffed out weed in Hawaii, the local people are all on ICE and homeless. Meth addicts or pot smokers,which is less destructive?

  2. WTF? We’re here for news not shopping for weed. Find another outlet to advertise your meds on bro we all good here.

  3. These forums are meant to express opinion and debate on the topics at hand, not to hawk your wares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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