Measure to Decriminalize Cannabis Unanimously Passes Senate Committee in Hawaii

Hawaii’s Senatehawaii2 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.


About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


  1. hp

    Am I high or are they high?

    First it says (“Senate Bill 596 would remove criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis”) and then the very next words are (“reducing the charge to a simple $100 civil infraction”)

    Well, which is it? I guess it depends on what your definition of “remove criminal penalties” is..

    Take you time and pass the bong..

  2. legal eeagle

    Maybe once they have done what is right they can write the law on hemp paper, just like the Bill of Rights …

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