Hawaii Lawmakers Announce Marijuana Legalization Push For 2023, With Newly Seated Pro-Reform Governor

Hawaii Lawmakers Announce Marijuana Legalization Push For 2023, With Newly Seated Pro-Reform Governor
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Hawaii advocates are feeling confident about the prospects of advancing marijuana legalization in the new session, with an activist coalition holding a press conference on Wednesday alongside state lawmakers to lay out the path forward for reform. There’s renewed reason for optimism in the new year, as voters elected a pro-legalization governor and lieutenant governor during the November election. Lawmakers are now prepared to introduce reform legislation after officials finalized recommendations for legalization as part of a task force. Representatives of major advocacy organization—including the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), ACLU of Hawaii and Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii—said at Wednesday’s briefing that they’re gearing up for an active session, with hopes to also pass legislation to facilitate automatic record clearing and resentencing. They were joined by Rep. Jeanné Kapela (D), who plans to file legalization legislation and said that “this year, we stand on the precipice of history.” “We now have a roadmap for legalizing recreational cannabis in our islands,” she said. “Legalizing cannabis is not just a matter of money, it is a matter of moralities.” “Our society’s most marginalized people would be first in line to participate in the cannabis industry that we are seeking to grow,” Kapela added. “Agricultural and business practices would be based on sustainable and indigenous cultivation methods, ensuring that cannabis operations uplift the needs of U.S. residents, the needs of Hawaii’s people, not the profits of multi-state corporations.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Representative Jeanné Kapela (@repkapela) Kapela said that her legislation will incorporate some of the recommendations made by a state cannabis task force that submitted a report on legalization policy considerations to the legislature ahead of the new session. “People of color and economically disadvantaged residents are disproportionately harmed by our state’s unwarranted commitment to incarceration,” Kapela…

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