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Hawaii: House Leadership Holds Decision On Marijuana Decrim Bill Until 2014

House leadership has voted to "recommit" Senate Bill 472, which sought to reduce minor marijuana possession offenses to a non-criminal, fine-only offense, back to the House Judiciary Committee. This action stalls the bill for 2013 but allows House lawmakers 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 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. You can read more about this and other pending marijuana law reform efforts in Hawaii here.

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.

In order to encourage House lawmakers to reconsider this measure in 2014, please continue to use the pre-written letter below to voice your support for SB 472, HD 1. Additional information about this measure is available from the ACLU of Hawaii here: http://acluhi.org/. NORML will update you in 2014 when further action occurs.


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