Hawaii Overwhelmingly Supports Legalizing Cannabis

 Hawaii spelled out with cannabis
Hawaii voters overwhelmingly wish to legalize and regulate the adult use of cannabis, according to a new statewide survey data by QMark Research, as commissioned by the Hawaii Drug Policy Action Group.

Sixty-six percent of respondents said they support legalizing marijuana consumption, an increase of nine points since 2012.

Seventy-seven percent of respondents said that jail time is an inappropriate sanction for those found to be in violation of the state’s existing marijuana possession laws.

Eight-five percent backed the establishment of licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. Hawaii lawmakers legalized the possession and cultivation of medicinal cannabis by state-qualified patients in 2000, but did not provide for dispensaries.

For those keeping score, Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey, Maine, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington have already licensed medical cannabis dispensaries, and dispensaries are in the process of being licensed in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Oregon. California’s dispensaries are not regulated by the state government.

Summaries of pending bills regarding Hawaii’s marijuana policies are available online here and here.

About Douglas Slain

Doug received a JD from Stanford Law School, a MA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from DePauw University (Phi Beta Kappa). After practicing real estate and finance law at then Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, he founded four national monthly law reporting titles now owned by Thomson-Reuters. He served two consecutive terms as chairman of the American Bar Association’s General Practice section’s Professional Responsibility Committee. Slain was an ABA-appointed rule of law consultant to the Ministry of Economy for the Republic of Latvia as its secured transactions adviser. He taught briefly at Stanford Law School as an adjunct clinical law professor. Slain has been the managing partner of Private Placement Advisors since August 2009. In January 2013 he founded Outliers Network.

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