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Hawaii House Speaker Files Marijuana Legalization Bill

Hawaii House Speaker Joseph Souki (D-8) last Friday introduced a bill to legalize the possession of marijuana by adults and create a system of taxed and regulated legal marijuana commerce. The measure, House Bill 150, would allow people 21 and over to possess up to an ounce and grow an as yet unspecified number of plants in a secure location.

The bill passed its first reading last Friday, but has yet to be sent to a committee. The 2013 legislative session began Tuesday.

"Regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol takes marijuana sales out of the hands of criminals and puts them behind the counter in legitimate businesses that will generate significant new revenue for Hawaii," said Mason Tvert, director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project, which is working on passage of the bill. "Law enforcement resources should be focused on preventing and responding to serious crimes rather than enforcing antiquated marijuana prohibition laws."

In addition to allowing adult possession and cultivation, the bill would also authorize the state to license marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities. Public pot smoking, driving under the influence, and use by individuals under the age of 21 would remain illegal.

The bill introduction comes on the heels of the release earlier this month of a QMark Research Poll that showed support for legalization at 57%. That poll was sponsored by the Drug Policy Action Group, a sister group of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, and the ACLU of Hawaii, suggesting that local as well as national reform groups are pushing the bill.

In the wake of the legalization victories in Colorado and Washington last November, at least a half dozen states are expected to entertain legalization bills. Hawaii is first out the gate; the others are Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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Obama declares war on marijuana

The federal government is now paying Mexicans to train U.S. commandos at U.S. Army Northern Command’s headquarters in Colorado to enforce federal marijuana laws.  I would like to see Obama try to do that in Hawaii.

Nope

Nothing of the sort is happening.. please remove your tin-foil hat, good sir.

fast & furious

us is teamed up with several of the mexican cartels. It is a fact that the worlds largest drug dealer and largest importer of narcotic to the USA is  (drum roll please) THE C_I_A. Many foreign nations have engaged in urban warfare drills on US soil for Decades.

"Regulating and taxing

"Regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol takes marijuana sales out of the hands of criminals and puts them behind the counter in legitimate businesses that will generate significant new revenue for Hawaii" He has said the same more political correctly. http://norvascotc.com/

Um

If you think the Mexicans are training the US military you are completely delusional.  Google "School of the Americas" if you're not clear on which direction the training runs.

Finally

Do you think they finally looked at the amount of money it was costing them to arrest everybody, hold them in jail a few days, etc and so forth (in lieu of actually, y'know, worrying about criminal behavior) and then they figured out how much they could make in 'regulation and taxes' and decided they needed the money?

And oh, guys?  Thinking you will continue to make it illegal to 'smoke in public' is a joke.  Ain't gonna happen. 

Amazing how all the bible thumpers are afraid of a God-given plant.  

This is a nice shoe to have drop. It's an historic moment.

I don't think anyone remotely as influential in a state as the Speaker of a legislative branch has ever introduced a cannabis legalization bill. Excellent news.

Does this stand a good chance of winning?

Does it have the level of support that A64 and I-502 had?  Does it have strong opposition?  Will this go to a pouplar vote in the state or be decided by the state congress?

Looks like they don't allow voters to decide anything directly

in Hawaii, according to the useful map of the Initiative and Referendum Institute. At the aton it.e tasome serious debthere should be If nothing else,  

at the least it should provoke some very serious debate

I was trying to say. Sorry about the glitch. Anything that forces the prohibs to debate is good. 

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It should be done 10-15 years

It should be done 10-15 years ago

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Take a look at AZ and TX laws

Take a look at AZ and TX laws for simple possession. The THREAT of real prison time does exist, and it has to change.Mary J.

Law enforcement resources

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Colorado got it right. Legalize, tax. This is the only way to regulate it, and keep people out of prison and jail, which you and I pay for. kamille

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