Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee Defers Bill Legalizing Marijuana. Advances Bills Decriminalizing Marijuana, Providing Medical Amnesty for Calling 911 for Overdose Emergency.
The Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee today deferred Senate Bill 2733, a bill that would have legalized marijuana in Hawaii.
“We felt Hawaii was not ready for legalization at this time,” said Espero. “With the passage of legalization bills in Colorado and Washington, however, these states will be test sites to see how legalization impacts the states and their residents.”
Another measure, Senate Bill 2358, which would decriminalize marijuana, was passed unanimously and will now go to the Judiciary and Labor Committee. First time offense would be a $100 fine; second offense $250; three or more $500. No prison time would be involved.
The committee also advanced Senate Bill 2215, which would provide medical amnesty for those who call 911 when someone is overdosing. “Many Hawaii residents have died because people are afraid to call for help when they are with someone overdosing. This measure is a good Samaritan bill that gives limited immunity to those who seek medical assistance,” said Espero