Hawaii Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Dies Without House Vote
Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
HONOLULU, HI — Lawmakers in the Hawaii House have killed a bill for this year that would have reduced minor marijuana possession offenses to a non-criminal, fine-only offense. The bill, which had previously passed unanimously in the Senate, was put on hold after House leaders realized there would not be enough votes to push the bill through.
Instead of sending the bill to the floor of the House for a vote, House leaders decided to “recommit” the bill back to the House Judiciary Committee, allowing the bill to return for possible discussion in 2014. The Hawaii legislature operates on a two-year biennial legislative session.
Rep. Karl Rhoads, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said there just weren’t enough votes in the House to push the bill through this year. Because of Hawaii’s biennial Legislature, the House could consider bill again next year without the Senate having to pass it again.
But because the bill has been amended by the House, the Senate would need to vote on those changes if the bill were to pass a House vote in 2014.
In it’s current form, SB 472 SD1 HD1, would have reduced the penalties of marijuana possession of 20 grams or less for anyone over 18 to a $100 fine. The bill has seen several revisions since its introduction.
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