Lawmakers in Hawaii voted to advance two marijuana bills on Tuesday, one to legalize and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and older and another to increase the amount that is covered under the state’s existing decriminalization law. A separate proposal to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic use, meanwhile, is set to be heard on Friday. Hawaii decriminalized up to three grams of marijuana—enough for a few joints—under a 2019 law that took effect last year, replacing criminal penalties with a $130 fine. This year’s bill, SB 758, would increase the possession threshold to one ounce, or about 28.5 grams. A separate bill, SB 767, would legalize marijuana and allow licensed businesses to cultivate, produce and sell cannabis products. It would also allow adults to grow up to three mature plants for personal use. Both measures were approved Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs.
Ben Adlin, Marijuana Moment, 02/17/2021 08:28:00