By Associated Press
(AP) — Hawaii’s governor will support a state bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Democratic Gov. David Ige will allow the measure to eliminate criminal penalties for possession of 3 grams (0.11 ounces) or less of marijuana, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.
The measure, scheduled to take effect Jan. 11, 2020, will make possession of those small amounts punishable only by fines of no more than $130.
The decision was “a very tough call” on which Ige went back and forth before ultimately deciding in favor of decriminalization by supporting House Bill 1383, he said.
Ige previously opposed bills this year that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use.