Track Bills

Current Bills:

HB699 – A bill that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for people above the age of 21. It contains provisions for the licensing of marijuana stores, much like liquor stores in some states. It also carried over from the 2013 session. This was the first bill of its kind to receive a hearing.

HB1708 – Another tax and regulate bill, introduced by representatives Hanohano, Carroll, and Mizuno. It contains many provisions similar to HB699.

SB2733 – A very similar legalization bill to HB699, introduced in the senate by English, Ruderman, Solomon, Dela Cruz, Galuteria, Ihara, and Shimabukuro.

SB472 – Our decriminalization bill, carried over from the 2013 session. This bill would make possession of less than an ounce of Marijuana a civil violation instead of a criminal violation, like a parking ticket, with a maximum fine of $100. This bill passed the senate unanimously in 2013.

HB1709 – A decriminalization bill, introduced by representative Hanohano. It is very similar to SB472 above.

SB2358 – A decriminalization, introduced by representatives Ruderman, English, Espero, Galuteria, Ihara, and Solomon. Much like 1709 and 472, it treats posession of less than an ounce of marijuana like a parking ticket. Unlike the others, It does have language that specifically exempts medical cannabis patients from fines by amending the protection of the medical marijuana program to include protection from civil as well as criminal prosecution.

SB2735 – Another basic decriminalization bill, without a medical exemption, introduced in the senate by Senators English, Chun Oakland, Green, Ihara, Ruderman, Solomon, Dela Cruz, Espero, Gabbard, Galuteria, Kidani, Shimabukuro, Tokuda, and Wakai.

Resources for Participation

Basics on how a bill moves through the legislature – it is a long and sometimes confusing process, requiring several rounds of testimony. The good news is that you can get involved at any step in the process! Some of these resources can be very valuable in determining how best to get involved. If you ever need help, give us a call at 808-469-5249 and we can help you get your voice heard!

Previous Session Info:

Passed Bills:

HB 668, HD 2, SD 2, CD1  Medical Marijuana; Department of Health; Department of Public Safety RELATING TO HEALTH. Transfers departmental jurisdiction of the medical marijuana laws from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to the Department of Health and requires DPS to assist with the transfer. Effective January 1, 2015.

SB 642 HD2, CD1  Health; Sections 2 and 3 include transfer of Medical Marijuana Program away from Narcotics Enforcement Division and to the Department of Health. Uniform Controlled Substances Act RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Amends aspects of the Medical Use of Marijuana regime: defining adequate supply, confidentiality of growing sites, certifying physician requirements, confidentiality of patient’s condition, caregiver to patient ratio, transportation of medical marijuana, qualifying visitors, and registration requirements.

Bills that stalled in 2013

The following bills were introduced in the 2013 session, and while they never made it into law, they could still be revived this year, given that we have a 2 year legislative process. The highest priority bills will be posted above under the heading “current bills.”

HB150 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=150

  • 2/20/13: HB 150 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, HB 150 was introduced, and referred to three committees: Judiciary (JUD), Health (HLT) and Finance (FIN). 
  • Personal Use of Marijuana; Licenses to Cultivate, Manufacture, Test, or Sell Marijuana; County Regulation RELATING TO MARIJUANA. Authorizes persons 21 years of age or older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana for personal use. Provides for the licensing of marijuana cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, safety testing facilities, and retail stores. Requires the counties to provide for licensing of marijuana facilities if the State fails to do so. Authorizes the counties to regulate or prohibit marijuana facilities within their boundaries.

HB077 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=77

  • 2/20/13: HB 077 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, HB 077  was introduced, and referred to three committees: HLT (Health), Public Safety (PBS), Finance (FIN). 
  • Medical Use of Marijuana; Transfer of Departmental Jurisdiction RELATING TO MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA. Transfers jurisdiction over the state medical marijuana program from PSD to DOH.
  • Companion bill HB 1438: http://capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1438

HB455 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=455

  • 2/20/13: HB 455 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, HB 455 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Public Safety (PBS) and Judiciary (JUD). 
  • Marijuana; Possession; Violation RELATING TO MARIJUANA. Decriminalizes and establishes civil adjudicatory proceedings for the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.

HB699 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/Bills/HB699_.PD

  • 2/20/13: HB 699 was “deferred” (with no vote taken) for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014)
  • JUD heard this bill 2/1/13. A decision on whether to pass it to FIN, hold it or defer it was held Tuesday, 2/12/13.
  • As of 1/28/13, HB 699 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Judiciary (JUD) and Finance (FIN). 
  • Authorizes persons 21 years of age or older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana for personal use. Provides for the licensing of marijuana cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, safety testing facilities, and retail stores. Applies an excise tax on transactions between marijuana establishments.

HB1042 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/Bills/HB1042_.PD

  • 2/20/13: HB 1042 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, HB 1042 was introduced.
  • Amends the definition of “adequate supply” by increasing the maximum number of mature marijuana plants from three to twenty-one and removing the limitation of four immature marijuana plants. Transfers all rights, powers, functions, and duties of the department of public safety relating to the medical use of marijuana under chapter 329, part IX, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to the department of health

HB1216 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/Bills/HB1216_.PD

  • 2/20/13: HB 1216 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, HB 1216 was introduced.
  • Requires medical marijuana dispensaries to register their agents and their business with the department of health by submitting an application and fee. Transfers departmental jurisdiction of the medical marijuana laws from the department of public safety (DPS) to the department of health (DOH) and requires DPS to assist with the transfer. To facilitate the transfer, requires the DPS to continue to maintain a verification service to confirm registration that is accessible 24/7 to the DOH.
  • Companion bill SB703: http://capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=703

SB162:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=162

  • 2/20/13: SB 162 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, SB162 was introduced, and referred to one committee: Public Safety (PSM)
  • Short form bill.

SB467 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=467

  • 2/20/13: SB 467 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, SB467 was introduced, and referred to two committees:  Judiciary and Labor (JDL)/ Consumer protection (CPN) and Ways and Means (WAM).
  • Marijuana; Legalization RELATING TO MARIJUANA. Legalizes the personal use of marijuana in a specified quantity. Requires licensing to operate marijuana establishments. Subjects marijuana establishments to excise taxes and income taxes.

SB471 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=471

  • 2/20/13: SB 471 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, SB471 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Health (HTH)/Public Safety (PSM) and Ways and Means (WAM).
  • Counties; Compassion Centers RELATING TO COUNTIES. Provides that each county has the power to establish compassion centers for the dispensing of medical marijuana. Requires that compassion centers shall only provide service to qualifying patients and primary caregivers registered with the department of public safety. Makes compassion centers subject to the general excise tax by making inapplicable the exemption for amounts received from sales of prescription drugs or prosthetic devices. Imposes a general excise tax on marijuana sales. Imposes registration fee on compassion centers, to be shared with counties.

SB685 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=685

  • 2/20/13: SB 685 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, SB685 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Public Safety (PSM)/Health (HTH) and Ways and Means (WAM).
  • Medical Use of Cannabis; Transfer of Program Administration RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS. Transfers departmental jurisdiction of the medical marijuana laws from PSD to DOH and requires PSD to assist with the transfer. Effective 07/01/2013.

SB687 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=687

  • 2/28/13: SB 687 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • 1/28/13: SB687 was introduced, and was referred to two committees: Public Safety (PSM) and Health. (HTH).
  • Medical Marijuana; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder RELATING TO MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA. Includes post-traumatic stress disorder to the definition of debilitating medical condition to allow for the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

SB689 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=689

  • 2/28/13: SB 689 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • 2/13/13: The House Health Committee passed SB 689, and it will now be heard by the Judiciary Committee.
  • The Committee on Health (HTH) heard SB689 on Wednesday, 2/13/13
  • As of 1/28/13, SB689 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Health, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs (HTH) and Judiciary (JUD)
  • Health; Pain; Patient’s Bill of Rights RELATING TO PAIN PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS. Clarifies that the medical use of marijuana is considered to be consistent with the pain patient’s bill of rights.

SB686 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=686

  • 2/20/13: SB 686 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, SB686 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Public Safety (PSM)/Health (HTH) and Ways and Means (WAM)
  • Medical Marijuana RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Increases the amount of marijuana that constitutes an adequate supply by allowing a qualifying patient to possess 10 marijuana plants and 5 ounces of marijuana at any given time. Keeps confidential the site where marijuana is grown. Prohibits the DOH from requiring that a certifying physician be the patient’s primary care physician. Prohibits certifying physicians from naming or describing a patient’s particular debilitating condition. Increases the permissible ratio of patients to caregivers by allowing a caregiver to be responsible for the care of up to 5 patients at any given time. Allows transfer to another qualified patient and transport of medical marijuana without prosecution. Allows for recognition of visiting qualifying patients. Transfers departmental jurisdiction of the medical marijuana laws from PSD to DOH and requires PSD to assist with the transfer. Effective 07/01/2013.

SB690 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=690

  • 2/20/13: SB 690 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014). Although SB 690 is not moving, a House version of the bill, HB 668 IS alive and worthy of support! (see above in LIVE BILLS)
  • As of 1/28/13, SB690 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Public Safety (PSM)/Health (HTH) and Ways and Means (WAM)
  • Medical Use of Marijuana; Transfer to Department of Health RELATING TO HEALTH. Transfers departmental jurisdiction of the medical marijuana laws from the department of public safety (DPS) to the department of health (DOH) and requires DPS to assist with the transfer. To facilitate the transfer, requires the DPS to continue to maintain a verification service to confirm registration that is accessible 24/7 to the DOH. Takes effect 1/2/2014.

SB703 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=703

  • 2/20/13: SB 703 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, SB703 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Health (HTH)/Public Safety (PSM) and Ways and Means (WAM)
  • Medical Marijuana; Registration; Department of Health RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Requires medical marijuana dispensaries to register their agents and their business with the department of health by submitting an application and fee. Transfers departmental jurisdiction of the medical marijuana laws from the department of public safety (DPS) to the department of health (DOH) and requires DPS to assist with the transfer. To facilitate the transfer, requires the DPS to continue to maintain a verification service to confirm registration that is accessible 24/7 to the DOH.

SB738 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=738

  • 2/20/13: SB 738 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, SB738 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Judiciary (JDL)/Consumer Protection (CPL) and Ways and Means (WAM)
  • Marijuana; Legalization RELATING TO MARIJUANA. Decriminalizes under state law the growing, processing, possession, transfer, and personal use of marijuana in a specified quantity to persons at least twenty-one years of age. Requires licensing to operate marijuana establishments. Subjects marijuana establishments to excise taxes and income taxes.

SB739 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=739

  • 2/20/13: SB 739 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, SB739 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Public Safety (PSM)/Judiciary (JDL) and Ways and Means (WAM)
  • Marijuana; Civil Penalties for Possession of One Ounce or Less RELATING TO MARIJUANA. Establishes a civil violation for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana that is subject to a fine of not more than $100, and establishes an adjudicatory structure for its enforcement. Deletes reporting requirements of board of education for students possessing one ounce or less of marijuana. Clarifies that medical marijuana patients and primary caregiver may assert affirmative defense to prosecution, criminal or civil, involving possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. Excludes possession of one ounce or less of marijuana from authority of Hawaii paroling authority to require paroled prisoner to undergo and complete substance abuse treatment. Excludes possession of more than one ounce of marijuana from authority of courts to require a defendant to undergo and complete substance abuse treatment for probation violation. Clarifies definition of detrimental drug to exclude one ounce or less of marijuana. Excludes possession of one ounce or less of marijuana from offenses of promoting a detrimental drug in the second degree and third degree. Clarifies a civil violation for possession of marijuana does not constitute a prior offense for purposes of the conditional discharge law.

SB1218 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1218

  • 2/20/13: SB 1218 did not get scheduled for a hearing, and is dead for the 2013 session (but could be revived in 2014).
  • As of 1/28/13, SB1218 was introduced, and referred to two committees: Health (HLT)/Public Safety (PSM) and Ways and Means (WAM)
  • Amends Hawaiiʻs medical marijuana law definitions of “adequate supply” and “written certification”
  • Companion bill: HB 1042: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/Bills/HB1042_.PD