Today Hawaii’s Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 472, which would decriminalize cannabis possession in the state. The vote was 5-0. Under this measure, possession of up to an ounce would no longer be an arrestable misdemeanor offense, and instead would become a civil infraction of $1,000.
The measure is sponsored by 13 of the state’s 25 senators, guaranteeing its passage in the Senate. Hawaii’s House is moving forward with a companion measure.
Hawaii lawmakers this session have also been discussing legalizing cannabis for both recreational and medical purposes.
Recent polling shows that 58% of residents in the state support decriminalization. 57% support regulating and taxing cannabis, and 78% are in support of legalizing medical cannabis.