Hawaii’s Senate has approved a bill that would legalize adult-use cannabis, sending it to the state’s House of Representatives for consideration.
The bill, which passed 22-3 in the Senate vote Tuesday, will allow for the personal use of small amounts of cannabis by adults who are at least 21. It also would create a licensing program for cultivators, manufacturers and retailers of cannabis products.
The bill also allows for the expungement of arrest and conviction records related to the possession or distribution of marijuana.
Hawaii began allowing medical cannabis patients to grow their own plants in 2000 and launched its medical dispensary program 15 years later. In 2019, Hawaii attempted to legalize adult use, but a bill did not make it out of the House of Representatives. The state decriminalized possession of three grams or less in 2020.
Delaware’s House of Representatives also voted Tuesday to send an adult-use cannabis legalization bill to the state’s Senate, marking a second attempt in less than a year by the state’s legislature. The 2023 bill, introduced in January by Rep. Ed Osienski, has a companion bill that would create a framework for production, manufacture and sale of cannabis and cannabis products.
In May 2022, Delaware Gov. John Carney vetoed a cannabis legalization bill that had cleared the state’s legislature. Delaware’s House of Representatives then failed to reject Carney’s veto in June.
Delaware legalized use of medical cannabis in 2011, and its first clinic in 2015.
Meanwhile, nearly 62% of voters in Oklahoma rejected an initiative to legalize adult-use cannabis in a special election Tuesday. Just over 566,000 votes were cast, representing approximately a quarter of the state’s eligible voters.
The state began permitting the sale of CBD oil manufactured from industrial hemp in 2015. Oklahoma legalized medical cannabis in 2018.