In a landmark decision in Hawaii, on Feb. 26, members of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, enacted measures in line with numerous states on the mainland, to decriminalize marijuana use.
Medical marijuana is legal in Hawaii, since 2000. The newly approved Senate Bill 472, will make the general possession of marijuana a non criminal offense.
The bill will subject marijuana users to a fixed fine of $100.00 per count for possessing under one ounce of the drug.
The new bill will revoke Hawaii's criminal penalty for possession of marijuana from a jail term of up to 30 days and a $1,000.00 fine.
The New Mexico House committee gave a recommendation to House Bill 465, which would eliminate jail sentences for adults in possession of small amounts of marijuana.
East Bay Express reports, "Rhode Island's House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing to discuss the state's Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation act, on Feb. 27, which would not only legalize marijuana, but would also implement regulation and taxation similar to alcohol. Oregon has also introduced House Bill 3371, which would establish a regulatory system similar to Rhode Island's proposal."