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Hawaii House committee advances marijuana bill

By Anita Hofschneider

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:43 a.m. HST, Mar 15, 2013


A bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana is making its way through the Hawaii House of Representatives.

The judiciary committee approved the bill Thursday over objections from law enforcement officials who say the proposal would undermine their work.

The Senate version of the bill decriminalized up to 1 ounce of the drug. But House judiciary committee Chairman Karl Rhoads amended the measure to decrease the amount to seven-tenths of 1 ounce, or 20 grams.

Rhoads also added language to say possession by minors is still criminal and emphasize negative effects of the drug on youth.

Vice Chairwoman Sharon Har says the proposal conflicts with federal law, jeopardizes public safety and sends the wrong message to children. Har voted to pass the bill with strong reservations.







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1local wrote:
Hawaii Lawmakers are promoting smoking? Smoking has already shown to be detrimental to the smokers and surrounding individuals health. ..
on March 15,2013 | 04:01AM
inHilo wrote:
Bill doesn't say anything about smoking.
on March 15,2013 | 05:52AM
whs1966 wrote:
"...objections from law enforcement officials who say the proposal would undermine their work." The police should be welcoming this change so they can work on more serious matters.
on March 15,2013 | 04:29AM
mokebla wrote:
Seriously, have you look around lately? You governor is a smoker, half of your lawmakers family members are smokers and how productive are they. Their to stoned to do anything.
on March 15,2013 | 04:54AM
inHilo wrote:
It's true: When people get too stoned, they can't even proofread. But when they just get stoned, they can do all kinds of things. Maybe it's like having one beer instead of a six.
on March 15,2013 | 06:05AM
false wrote:
Don't forget your president... he bragged about it in his book.
on March 15,2013 | 06:36AM
mokebla wrote:
I can see where the states priority at, 1. Gay Marriage, 2. legalize Marijuana, 3. Raise Taxes. Economy nay, Jobs nay.Teachers nay. Hawai'i voters have spoken, their party have is having a luau on your dime :-O!
on March 15,2013 | 05:02AM
Kaneahi wrote:
All this does is send the wrong signals to our citizens are more importantly to our children. Drugs have no place in our lives. We should be doing more to rid our streets of drugs, not making is less important.
on March 15,2013 | 05:52AM
serious wrote:
I like the "I don't like the bill" but I'll vote for it. Sounds like Obamacare!!!
on March 15,2013 | 06:01AM
false wrote:
Well, we have to vote it into law so we can see what's in it. LOL
on March 15,2013 | 06:37AM
Slow wrote:
You mean, of course, drugs that you, personally don't like. Not Budweiserr, right? We tried banning alcohol and succeeded only in enabling the underworld to grow hugely and become organized. Not awa (kava), right? Traditional Pacific islander drug. Not antibiotics, right? Bayer aspirin? Antibiotics? OK, I am being facetious. I know you what you mean. Ban the drugs I don't like.
on March 15,2013 | 06:35AM
2_centz wrote:
One of the comments I've heard is where a fireman, (although long ago on Oahu, say around 1990's) said to another fireman, that he would have to quit the department because he couldn't give up smoking pot. At the time urine testing for drugs were about to start in Honolulu.
on March 15,2013 | 06:37AM
Bdpapa wrote:
In the 1990s, HFD let everyone know that drug testing was coming. At that point in time, pakalolo smokers, needed to decide on what was more important. A small amount of FFs, less than 5%, continued use. Some were casual users. But the majority, valued their job and followed the rules.
on March 15,2013 | 07:04AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Sorry, this actually happened in the mid 80s.
on March 15,2013 | 09:25AM
teotwawki wrote:
Wrong message to children? There is a teacher at the Capitol with the sign "You can't put students first, if you put teachers last." So what is the message, teachers first then the student, smells like she burning small amounts of Mj, as it is.
on March 15,2013 | 09:14AM
Bdpapa wrote:
That's pretty much what you get in any business. If you treat your employees with respect and compensate them fairly, you get better results. This happens in all aspects of work, and in life.
on March 15,2013 | 09:27AM
teotwawki wrote:
First of all teaching is a profession, not a business. Secondly respect, compensation, better results? Tell that to the Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson, new contract, big bucks, worse season of his career. You on the right track though, MONEY is in all aspects of work, and in life.
on March 15,2013 | 10:19AM
Mana07 wrote:
What a waste of time and money. Unless they legalize it, it is still a crime! Decriminalizing it just makes it harder for HPD to enforce the laws surrounding marijuana. How foolish our lawmakers are.
on March 15,2013 | 09:44AM
konag43 wrote:
as usual legistlators don't care what the public wants and wants to do their own thing.
on March 15,2013 | 12:38PM
sailfish1 wrote:
If the bill passes, HPD has to equip their cars with scales to weight the marijuana when they find it. Hahaha!
on March 15,2013 | 07:10PM
palanik wrote:
It is a fact that we smoke, drink or eat many things that are harmful to our health, yet all of these products like liquor, cigarettes, sodas, and process meats are core to corporate American and have not criminalized. Hawaii's legislators, most of whom have either smoked pot or seen it as being a normal occurrence for those who have been raised in the islands, have wisely decided that with the advent of the 21century, it is time that marijuana be treated simply as another product on market place. Rather than spend our tax dollars on prosecuting pot smokers, it makes far more sense that marijuana be treated no differently than booze. Our legislators are driven by logic and foresight -- lets reduce our prison population, and increase our tax revenue base.
on March 17,2013 | 11:26AM
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