Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, February 12, deferred taking action on House Bill 699, The Personal Use of Marijuana Act. The measure sought to legalize the possession of up to an ounce or less of marijuana and to authorize the private cultivation of a limited number of marijuana plants for adults 21 years of age and older.
Although the measure had majority support from members of the Committee, it did not have majority support in the full House. As a result, the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee tabled the measure for 2013.
NORML thanks those of you who lobbied in support of HB 699. Advocates persuasively presented their case in support of HB 699, with those testifying in favor of the measure outnumbering those opposing it by five to one.
Supporters of marijuana law reform are encouraged to focus their attention on Senate Bill 472, which decriminalizes minor marijuana offenses.
NORML will continue to keep you updated on future legislation. Additional information about these efforts is available from the ACLU of Hawaii.
The NORML Team