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Recreational Marijuana Bills on the Move
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:55 PM :: 1546 Views :: Drugs

Recreational Pot Bills Moving

from Hawaii Family Forum, Feb 23, 2024

We are still awaiting a hearing for the big bill that would legalize recreational marijuana.  If you want to get a start on the Senate committee members who will be hearing the bill next, you can click the link below.  Once SB3335 SD1 is scheduled for hearing, we will send a notice so you can raise your voice. 

If enacted, SB3335 SD1 would establish the Hawaii Cannabis Authority and Cannabis Control Board within the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to regulate all aspects of the cannabis plant. Establishes the Cannabis Control Implementation Advisory Committee. Beginning January 1, 2026, legalizes the personal adult use of cannabis. Establishes taxes for adult-use cannabis and medical cannabis sales. Transfers the personnel and assets of the Department of Health and assets of the Department of Agriculture to the Hawaii Cannabis Authority. Declares that the general fund expenditure ceiling is exceeded. Makes appropriations. 
Action on SB3335 SD1

Decriminalization Bills

The legislature is also proposing to "decriminalize" marijuana. Keep in mind that Hawaii already has decriminalized marijuana.  Proposed bills would increase the amount of marijuana allowed from one ounce to two ounces concerning (712-1248 HRS) and from three grams to one ounce concerning (§712-1249).  The violation amount would be determined.  The current penalty is $130.  

Estimates differ as to how many joints, exactly, you can get out of two ounces. The Recovery Center claims just one ounce will yield "84 cigarette-sized joints," while Colorado Cannabis Tours says an ounce will get you “close to one hundred joints”.  

Either way, THAT IS A LOT OF POT!

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