Hawaii’s Senate Health Committee has unanimously passed Senate Bill 596 , a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.
If approved into law, Senate Bill 596 would remove criminal penlites for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, reducing the charge to a simple $100 civil infraction. The measure would apply to everyone 18 and older.
In 2013, Hawaii’s Senate voted unanimously to approve a similar decriminalization proposal, though that measure unfortunately didn’t advance further before the session ended.
According to polling released last year, 77% of those in Hawaii support decriminalizing cannabis, while 66% support fully legalizing cannabis.
Earlier this week Hawaii’s House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to legalize medical cannabis dispensaries.