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.