Hawaii decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana for January 2020
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Hawaii has become the 26th state to decriminalize possession of marijuana, a measure that will take effect Jan. 11, 2020.
The new law will eliminate criminal penalties for possession of three grams or less of marijuana. Possession of those small amounts will only be punishable by fines of no more than $130.
According to the Marijuana Police Project, three grams is the smallest amount of any state that has decriminalized possession.
In a June press conference, Democratic Gov. David Ige said the decision was “a very tough call” on which he went back and forth before ultimately deciding in favor of decriminalization by supporting House Bill 1383.
Ige previously opposed bills this year that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
Law enforcement officials told Ige 3 grams is small enough amount that “essentially they will proceed the way they always have,” the governor said.
Hawaii’s current law says possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is punishable by 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to NORML. Three grams of marijuana is equal to .11 ounces.
The state legalized medical cannabis in 2000, but dispensary sales began just two years ago. A new medical marijuana dispensary, Hawaiian Ethos, just began sales in Kailua-Kona late June. It’s the second dispensary to open on the Hawaii Island, the first opening in August 2017.
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The measure will eliminate criminal penalties for possession of three grams or less of marijuana.