Act 273 is what made it all possible for Hawaiians, as it will no longer be considered a criminal act to possess 3 grams of bud or less. However, possession may still result in a $130 fine.
This act not only means that Hawaii decriminalises cannabis, but will expunge the criminal records of those previously caught with 3 grams or less. This act is still open to amendment, to finalise future marijuana penalties and more. This state will also become the 26th to decriminalise the herb.
Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have decriminalised offences pertaining to certain amounts of marijuana, and 10 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalised certain amounts of marijuana for non-medical use,” as stated by the Act.
Hawaii’s Governor David Ige stated that it was “a very tough call” to approve Act 273, but ultimately allowed the motion. Ige let the act follow through without his signature in support of House Bill 1383. Ige has not seen the House Bill as it favours cannabis legalisation for recreational consumption. It seems that those around him made their case for 3 grams being relatively harmless.
At the moment, Hawaii still criminalises the possession of less than an ounce (roughly 28 grams) of cannabis flower. Those guilty of possessing more than the allowed 3 grams may face 30 days of jail time and a fine of $1000 as per NORML.
Hawaii first legalised cannabis for medical purposes in 2000, but now with this new law passing clearly see potential in the recreational market.