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State House kills bill to decriminalize marijuana

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:37 p.m. HST, Apr 03, 2013

The state House today chose to recommit a bill to decriminalize marijuana, killing the bill for the session.

The bill that had been under consideration, Senate Bill 472, would have reclassified possession of a small amount of marijuana — 20 grams, or less than an ounce — from a criminal offense to a civil violation punishable by a $100 citation. Currently, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is a petty misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

However, the bill would have retained criminal penalties for minors who possess any amount of marijuana.

Rep. Karl Rhoads, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told the Associated Press there just weren't enough votes in the House to push the bill through.

Advocates of changing Hawaii's marijuana laws were optimistic of the bill's chances after it passed the state Senate unanimously earlier this session.

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TLehel wrote:
Yeah, send my comment for approval. It's the truth you don't want people to see. Basically, law enforcement and legislators are stopping Hawaii from progressing.
on April 3,2013 | 01:58PM
kainalu wrote:
And the tyranny continues. Those in the House that voted this down haven't got a clue.
on April 3,2013 | 02:30PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Yet the PEOPLE want marijuana to be de-criminalized. Obviously these Demoncrats are not listening to the WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

Power to the PEOPLE. States RIGHTS prevail.

on April 3,2013 | 04:38PM
allie wrote:
We waste too much money on the war on marijuana. Please decriminalize and do stop Meth from destroying more families out here.
on April 3,2013 | 04:58PM
false wrote:
Please re-elect all our Democrats.
on April 3,2013 | 05:05PM
serious wrote:
Just like the Jone Act and gambling. The legislature has no b--ls!!! Put it to a vote!!!
on April 3,2013 | 06:03PM
mayihavesumor wrote:
The war on drugs is a jobs program.
on April 3,2013 | 05:52PM
cartwright wrote:
Best news of the day!
on April 3,2013 | 07:37PM
niimi wrote:
Our woose Legislature is showing its Conservative roots. Thought they were progressive?
on April 3,2013 | 08:27PM
poidragon wrote:
Don't you just love these dimwitted politicians? They know what the stakes are for decriminalizing pot and still they sit there and do nothing of substance about the marijuana problem; this plant is so much more than just an illegal gateway drug, it has so many different purposes to which it coud be put to use to create medicinal salves, creams, ointments and more, but all they can see and hear is that 'its an illegal drug crop!' Such short sighted, small minded individuals, who call themselves the peoples politicians, baloney, all they are, are money grubbing, shortsighted idiots!
on April 3,2013 | 09:58PM
bender wrote:
Finally some sanity out of the legislature.
on April 4,2013 | 05:57AM
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