January 14, 2024, 1:00 AM HST
One of the most talked about pieces of legislation discussed by Hawai‘i lawmakers for a few years now has been the legalization of recreational marijuana.
With the State Attorney General Office believing this legislative session could be the year adult-use cannabis could pass into law, they offered insight into including public safety and public health provisions in the measure. Attorney General Anne Lopez filed a report and draft bill that warned the legislature of the risks while providing a framework that includes robust public safety and public health safeguards.
Big Island Island Now readers are ready for recreational marijuana to become legal. According to our latest poll, more than half the voters — 66% — indicated that cannabis should have been legalized years ago with 908 votes.
Big Island Now reader, identified as Hammy Ham Hamster wrote: “Cannabis should be just as legal and easy to obtain anywhere as alcohol currently is. In every single state. No exceptions…”
CS wrote: “I believe in this crazy world that people need cannabis more than ever. Whether it be medical reasons or just recreational use to unwind. I know it gives people an alternative to alcohol and prescription medications also replacing some illicit substances that have become a startling factor in our communities…”
With 161 votes, voters supported the legalization of marijuana as…