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Downgrading of drug charge proposed


    Possession of drug paraphernalia ranging from a methamphetamine pipe or needles to a plastic bag coated with drug residue is now punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Hawaii now has some of the most severe penalties in the nation for people who are caught with drug paraphernalia, but House lawmakers are attempting to downgrade those paraphernalia offenses from felonies to civil violations that would result in fines and no prison time. Read more

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