Hawaii Gov. Permits Decriminalization Legislation to Take Impact With out Signature


Hawaii Gov. David Ige has allowed a cannabis decriminalization invoice to take impact with out his signature whereas vetoing a measure to permit sufferers to move medical cannabis merchandise between islands and one other to make everlasting the state’s industrial hemp cultivation program.

In keeping with a Hill report, the decriminalization invoice makes possession of three grams or much less of cannabis a violation, punishable by a $130 nice. The Marijuana Coverage Challenge notes that the three-gram threshold is “the smallest quantity of any state that has decriminalized (or legalized) easy possession of marijuana.” Beforehand, getting caught possessing any cannabis in Hawaii was punishable by $1,000 fines and 30 days in jail. The brand new legislation takes impact Jan. 11, 2020.

In a launch, the governor’s workplace indicated Ige vetoed the medical cannabis transport legislation as a consequence of federal legislation.

“Each the airspace and sure areas of water fall throughout the unique jurisdiction of the federal authorities. This invoice could lead vacationers, appearing in reliance on this provision, to erroneously consider they’re immune from federal prosecution.” – June 24 veto message from Ige’s workplace

The discover signifies that the governor additionally has issues concerning the plan over the roles of the state departments of transportation and public security.

Ige is vetoing the hemp laws over issues that the licensing construction outlined within the invoice “can’t be enforced” and that it wouldn’t “meet [U.S. Department of Agriculture] necessities for an authorised industrial hemp program.”

Beneath the 2018 federal Farm Invoice, which eliminated hemp from the Managed Substances Act, the USDA should approve state hemp program plans.

Ige’s workplace additionally indicated that the hemp invoice “creates sensible issues within the enforcement of current medical cannabis.”

The hemp invoice handed in late April and state Rep. Richard Creagan (D) – who served on one of many convention committees that handed the invoice – advised the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that he had anticipated Ige to signal the invoice. Hawaii does have an energetic hemp pilot program however there are simply 17 licensed farmers collaborating.

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