The Hawaii Senate recently passed legislation that would legalize cannabis in the state and that would considerably broaden the current decriminalization laws in the state. Under the first bill, adults would be permitted to grow the plant for personal use as well as possess up to an ounce of marijuana. The proposal got a 20 to 5 vote in the chamber. The second proposal would add to the existing decriminalization law in the state, which states that the possession of three grams or less of cannabis is punishable by a $130 fine. The Senate approved the proposal to increase this limit to 30 grams, or just over an ounce, in a 24 to 1 vote. Both legislations have now been advanced to the House, with some concerned about how Governor David Ige will approach these legislations. In an interview earlier this month, the governor declined to comment on whether he would veto the legalization proposal or approve it. He did, however, state that the ongoing federal prohibition on cannabis created obstacles that he’d have to factor into his decision.

CannabisNewsWire, 03/15/2021 04:20:00

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