Hawaii’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Is Officially In Effect

Hawaii’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Is Officially In Effect

Low-level marijuana possession is no longer punishable by the threat of jail time in Hawaii. On Saturday, a cannabis reform bill that Gov. David Ige (D) allowed to go into law without his signature went into effect. From now on, individuals who possess three grams or less of marijuana will face a $130 fine, without the possibility of incarceration. Though the possession threshold is considerably lower compared to other states that have approved decriminalization policies, advocates are optimistic that this is a first step toward broader reform. Ige, who has vetoed bills to legalize industrial hemp and allow for inter-island transportation of medical cannabis, didn’t sign the decriminalization legislation, but his decision not to take action on it meant the lawmaker-approved policy would be implemented. Hawaii became the 26th state to remove the threat of jail time simple possession of marijuana, along with new decriminalization laws that were enacted last year in New Mexico and North Dakota. But several other states are expected to pursue similar reform moves this year. Virginia’s governor pushed for decriminalization in his State of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday, and in New Jersey, the governor recently said that lawmakers should pass such legislation ahead of…

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