2015 Legislative Session

UPDATE:

The 2015 legislative session began on January 21, 2015 and ended on May 1, 2015.

None of the Marijuana decriminalization or legalization bills passed through enough committees to survive this session. And, while these bills are considered “dead” for the 2015 legislative session, they may still be alive in the 2016 session.

BILLS WHICH ARE NO LONGER ACTIVE FOR THE 2015 SESSION can be viewed here.

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A Brief History of Marijuana Decriminalization Bill- SB879

  • SB879Simple Decriminalization. This is a bill that establishes a civil violation (with a $100 fine) for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. While this is a very simple decriminalization bill, it does not have certain features that are important in a decriminalization bill, such as protection for paraphernalia.
    • Introduced by ENGLISH, DELA CRUZ, ESPERO, INOUYE, RUDERMAN, Baker, Shimabukuro.
    • Referred to: JDL
    • Passed Third Reading, as amended (SD 1). Ayes, 22; Aye(s) with reservations: Senator(s) Inouye, Slom . Noes, 3 (Senator(s) Harimoto, Kidani, Kouchi). Excused, 0 (none). Transmitted to House,
    • 3/10/15 Passed 1st Reading.
    • SB879 -the Marijuana Decriminalization bill has not been scheduled for a hearing in time to meet the second lateral deadline–and is no longer active for the 2015 session.

Again, BILLS WHICH ARE NO LONGER ACTIVE FOR THE 2015 SESSION can be viewed here. While these bills are considered “dead” for the 2015 legislative session, they may still be alive in the 2016 session.