Mar 072013
 March 7, 2013

hawaii marijuana decriminalization senate bill 472By Phillip Smith

The Hawaii Senate Tuesday voted unanimously to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure now goes to the House.

The bill, Senate Bill 472, would make possession of up to an ounce a civil infraction with a maximum $1,000 fine. The bill originally called for a maximum $100 fine, but was amended by lawmakers who said they wanted to emphasize that marijuana would still be illegal.

Bill supporters said it was aimed at reducing congestion in the state’s criminal justice system.

Earlier this session, the House defeated a marijuana legalization bill. Whether it will embrace decriminalization remains to be seen.

The bill is being supported by a newly formed group, Fresh Approach Hawaii, which aims at lobbying the legislature on marijuana reform issues. The group said it will work with House members to reduce the fine and add other desirable provisions.

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  • Johnny Bloomington

    It’s a start I guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brucewayne.ryan BruceWayne Ryan

    Hardly a start… more of the same prohibitionist malfeasance.

  • Sean

    I can see the that the black marketeers still have nothing to worry about. Pardon my cynicism. Just legalize it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jjenness1 Jeff Jenness

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  • Just a Guy

    It’s ironic how Hawaii is known as one of the states that embraces cannabis the most (in terms of the populous) yet it is so far behind when it comes to cannabis legislation. Obviously this is because the state of Hawaii is under the control of numerous mafias including Yakuza, Somoan, and especially the decedents of the missionaries and ranchers who all profit from cannabis being illegal. Throw in the fact that many Hawaiians despise American occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the massive military presence in Hawaii, it’s no surprise that the suppression of a substance that makes you look at all these things would be kept illegal. How many tries does it take to get to the center of freedom? The world may never know.