Similar to California’s Senate Bill 1449, Hawaii has adopted the same type of bill. Hawaii’s Senate Bill 1460 would reduce the penalty for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana to the same as a traffic violation. Two committee Hawaii Senates have approved this bill. The bill was passed on Febraury 4 by The Committee on Judiciary and Labor with the Committee on Health. The bill now heads to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The Senate wants parties of Hawaii to submit their written testimony as soon as possible.
The bill states:
Anyone in possession of a ounce or less will be issued a fine of $100 of a civil violation. The bill would also delete reporting requirements of the board of education for students possessing an ounce or less of pot, and clarifies that medical marijuana patients and primary caregivers may assert an affirmative defense to prosecution, criminal or civil, involving possession of one ounce or less.
Possession of more than an ounce would be excluded from the state courts and state paroling authority. You would have to undergo a substance abuse treatment. If your from Hawaii help out your state by clicking here and submitting your testimony.
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