Hawaii: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses Decriminalized

Honolulu, HI: Legislation takes effect on Saturday, January 11, decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses.

The new law, which was passed in July, reduces penalties involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor, formerly punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, and a criminal record, to a non-criminal violation – punishable by a $130 fine. It also provides procedures for the courts to grant an expungement order for those previously convicted of a marijuana possession offense involving no more than three grams.

The law was enacted absent the Governor’s signature.

Some lawmakers are hoping to expand the scope of the law in the coming legislative session.

Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of marijuana.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.