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Possession of small amounts of marijuana would be decriminalized under legislation advancing through the Hawaii State Senate.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday passed a measure setting the fine for possession of less than an ounce of the herb at $100, reports the Honolulu Advertiser.
In separate legislation, a bill which would permit “compassion centers” to operate as medical marijuana dispensaries cleared its final Senate committee Monday.
Both bills are scheduled for votes before the full Senate next week. If passed, they will move to the House for further consideration.
Hawaii in 1998 passed a medical marijuana law licensing patients to use the herb with their doctor’s recommendation, but patients aren’t legally allowed to buy cannabis.
The law allows patients to grow small amounts for personal medicinal use.