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Hawaii: Senate Passes Multiple Marijuana Reform Measures

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Honolulu, HI: Senate lawmakers this week approved a series of legislative proposals aimed at amending the state's marijuana laws.

Legislators unanimously approved SB 1460, which reduces the adult possession of up to one ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine) to a civil violation punishable by a fine of not more than $100.

Regarding the medical use of marijuana, the Senate approved SB 1458, which allows for the state licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis and cannabis-infused therapeutic products. Senators also passed SB 58, which increases the quantity of marijuana that authorized patients may legally possess under state law. Two other related measures, SB 175 and SB 113, also met with Senate approval.

All five measures now go before House lawmakers.

Last year, Senate lawmakers approved several similar proposals – all of which eventually stalled in the House.

For more information on these measures, please visit NORML's 'Take Action Center' at: http://www.capwiz.com/norml2/issues/.