Hawaii lawmakers advance separate legalization and decriminalization expansion proposals

Feb 19, 2021

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Ask your state lawmakers to legalize cannabis this year.

Good news! Since the beginning of the legislative session in January, there have been several cannabis-related bills introduced. Just this week, the Hawaii Legislature advanced two separate measures that would expand decriminalization and legalize cannabis. S.B. 758 would increase the possession threshold to one ounce from three grams. The Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee unanimously advanced S.B. 758 in a 5-0 vote.

Shortly after, the committee advanced S.B. 767, which would legalize cannabis and allow licensed businesses to cultivate, produce, and sell cannabis products. It would also allow adult home cultivation of up to three mature plants. S.B. 767 advanced in a 4-1 vote and now heads to a joint hearing between the Senate Judiciary and Ways & Means Committees. Meanwhile, S.B. 758 is headed to the Judiciary Committee for a hearing.

Both bills’ futures are uncertain, as Gov. Ige appears to be generally unsupportive of legalization. However, in the interim, we urge you to contact your lawmakers and let them know you support legalization. As both bills progress, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Mahalo for your continued support.