skip to Main Content
Hawaii Legislatures Introduce Several Marijuana Bills Including Recreational Use

Hawaii residents eventually might be able to use marijuana recreationally, and patients could be allowed to purchase it from legally formed collectives.

Those are among more than a dozen bills being vetted in the state Legislature related to marijuana and marijuana dispensaries.

State Sen. Russell Ruderman, D-Puna, is among several lawmakers this year proposing measures to legalize the drug for residents older than 21. One of Ruderman’s bills would allow counties to choose whether to adopt ordinances to legalize marijuana for cultivation, possession, sales and transportation for personal, medicinal or commercial use.

The idea is to allow counties “to do what they want,” Ruderman said Monday. He said other states passed similar laws and “the sky hasn’t fallen in any of them.”

The measure has “a shot” at passing, he added.

“Some of my colleagues say we’ll be surprised, so I hope they’re right,” Ruderman said. “The nation is changing quickly on (this) subject.”

Ruderman and House counterpart Joy San Buenaventura, D-Puna, also are proposing legislation to establish state-regulated collectives — a system that would allow patients with excess marijuana to sell it to other collective members for a “nominal fee.” [Read more at Hawaii Tribune-Herald]

This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Stories

Amazon endorses GOP bill that would legalize marijuana on federal level

Amazon has endorsed a Republican-backed bill in Congress on Tuesday that would legalize marijuana on a federal level, leaving states to decide whether to prohibit or regulate it. Rep. Nancy Mace’s (R-SC) States Reform Act would remove cannabis as a federal Schedule I substance and introduce a new 3% federal tax on the substance. Revenue…

Thailand Gives Green Light to Growing Cannabis at Home

BANGKOK, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Thailand’s narcotics board on Tuesday said it would remove cannabis from its drugs list, paving the way for households to grow the plant. Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country to legalise marijuana in 2018 for medical use and research. Under the new rule, people can grow cannabis plants at…

Colorado’s cannabis industry makes modest gains in minority ownership

Almost 17% of regulated marijuana business owners in Colorado identify as minorities, according to new data by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, but one Black entrepreneur contests that there’s much more work to be done. “Cannabis ownership in Colorado is still a pipe dream for people of color,” said Wanda James, founder and CEO of…

Industry group recommends new medical cannabis rules for Maine

A group of medical marijuana providers, customers and other interested parties made recommendations to a legislative committee Monday for new rules that it says would protect consumers without causing undue harm to Maine’s medical cannabis industry. A bill approved by the Maine Legislature in 2021 overhauled the medical marijuana rulemaking process and halted a set of controversial…

More Categories

Back To Top
×Close search
Search