Honolulu, Hawaii — House and Senate negotiators have come together and agreed on a bill that would decriminalize possession of drug paraphernalia in the Aloha State.
Lawmakers recently met and agreed on the bill, which would cut the penalties for being caught with marijuana paraphernalia. The current law is punishable up to 5 years and prison and, or a $10,000 fine. Under the new bill the most anyone could be charged is $500.
Joy A. San Buenaventura a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 4 introduced the bill, saying she expects the decriminalization law to reduce overcrowding in the Hawaii jail system.
“If you’re caught at a party with a joint and rolling papers, odds are you’re not going to have the thousands of dollars required in cash on hand to bail yourself out,” she said. “I’m hoping it’s one step toward a more rational drug policy program, but I’m taking it as it is.”
The measure now goes to the full House and Senate for floor votes and then it will make its way to the Governor David Ige’s desk for consideration.
It’s about time the Rainbow State got on board with relaxing marijuana related offenses. Say Aloha to the outdated paraphernalia laws and to the future of America in Hawaii.
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