Legislation that seeks to make Hawaii the third state to legalize and regulate the adult use of marijuana is pending before state lawmakers. House Bill 699 has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, February 1st at 11am.
To: Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair
Rep. Sharon Har, Vice Chair
From: (Your Name)
RE: Relating to Marijuana – HB 699
Hearing: Friday, February 1, 2013, Room 325
Position: Strong Support
House Bill 699, The Personal Use of Marijuana Act, would legalize the possession of up to an ounce or less of marijuana and the private cultivation of a limited number of marijuana plants for adults 21 years of age and older. HB 699 would also allow for the commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana. Full text of this measure can be read here.
Polling conducted in January of 2013 by the ACLU of Hawaii reported that 57% of Hawaiian voters believe that marijuana should be “taxed, regulated, and legalized for adults.” Only 39% of statewide voters were oppose legalization.