Possession of small amounts of marijuana would be decriminalized under legislation advancing through the state Senate.
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a measure capping the penalty for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana at $100.
A separate bill that cleared its final Senate committee Last Monday would permit medical marijuana “compassion centers” to dispense the drug.
Both measures will be scheduled for votes before the full Senate this week, and if passed they would move to the House for further consideration.
Hawaii already has a medical marijuana law licensing patients to use the drug, but they’re not allowed to buy it. The law allows patients to grow small amounts for personal use.