The State of Hawaii decriminalized possession of small quantities of cannabis on Tuesday after an try by lawmakers to legalize the leisure use of marijuana failed earlier this 12 months.

Below the measure, Home Invoice 1383, possession of as much as three grams of cannabis will not be topic to punishment with time in jail however would as a substitute carry a tremendous of as much as $130. At the moment, possession of any quantity of cannabis in Hawaii is punishable with as much as 30 days behind bars and a tremendous of as much as $1,000. The brand new legislation is scheduled to enter impact on January 11, 2020.

Invoice Turns into Regulation With out Governor’s Assist

The invoice was handed by the Hawaii legislature in Could of this 12 months however didn’t have the assist of the state’s governor, Democrat David Ige. At a press convention in June, Ige stated that deciding to signal or veto the invoice could be a “very powerful name.” He finally did neither, and the invoice grew to become legislation when a deadline to behave on the laws expired on Tuesday.

The governor defined that he believes that the invoice might result in additional legislative efforts to decriminalize cannabis “and different mechanisms to make marijuana extra obtainable.”

Ige stated that he finally determined to let the invoice turn out to be legislation with out his signature due to the amount of cannabis concerned. Hawaii’s restrict on the quantity of cannabis that may be possessed with out incurring prison penalties is the smallest of all 26 states which have legalized or decriminalized marijuana thus far.

“The quantity could be very small, if you discuss with legislation enforcement personnel,” Ige stated. “Basically they may proceed the way in which they all the time have.”

Home Invoice 1383 additionally permits for the expungement of prior prison convictions for possession of lower than three grams of marijuana and establishes a activity drive to additional discover the reform of the state’s penalties and outcomes for marijuana use.

Legalization Invoice Fails

And not using a course of for voter poll initiatives within the state, any makes an attempt to legalize cannabis in Hawaii should be handed by the legislature. In March, a invoice that may have allowed adults 21 and older to legally possess, domesticate, and use marijuana was handed unanimously by Hawaii’s Senate Judiciary Committee. However the invoice was killed when the Senate Well being Committee did not act on the measure earlier than a legislative deadline.

Lawmakers in Hawaii legalized using cannabis for medicinal functions in 2000, however medical marijuana dispensaries didn’t open within the state till 2017.