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Hawaii: Lawmakers Take No Action on Marijuana Decrim Bill

Lawmakers have adjourned the 2014 legislative session without calling this measure for a floor vote. Senate Bill 472 sought to reduce minor marijuana possession offenses to a non-criminal, fine-only offense. House lawmakers had the option to reconsider the bill in 2014. Representative Karl Rhodes, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that the decision was made to stall the bill in 2013 because it lacked insufficient votes in the full House.

SB 472 was previously approved by a unanimous vote in the Hawaii Senate and also approved by the members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Under present law, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for non-medical purposes is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

NORML will keep you updated when/if lawmakers revisit this issue next year.

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