Hawaii Legalization Bill Passes Senate Committee

The bill requires the Department of Taxation establish rules regulating retail operations

The Hawaiian Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously recommended a bill decriminalizing cannabis on Thursday, clearing its first hurdle to becoming law.

The bill would declare, “that the legalization of marijuana for personal or recreational use is a natural, logical, and reasonable outgrowth of the current science of marijuana and [societal] attitude toward marijuana.” If passed, it would permit adults 21 and older to possess, cultivate and consume marijuana. Further, it would establish a licensing scheme for the cultivation, sale and use of small amounts, as well as implement excise and income taxes regarding sales.

The bill references the 23 states (including Washington, DC) that have currently decriminalized small amounts of cannabis for recreational use and noted the economic impact that legalization would bring to the Hawaiian economy.

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