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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 12:30 am

LIHU‘E — As the state Legislature introduces a bill to further legalize marijuana, tobacco smoking may get pushed out of public housing projects but allowed back in bars.

House Bill 150, introduced by House Speaker Joe Souki, proposes to relax marijuana laws by authorizing persons who are at least 21 years old to use or possess marijuana in limited amounts, as long as it is for personal use.

And if there is smoke, there must be a way of getting a hold of it, so the bill provides for the “licensing of marijuana cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, safety testing facilities and retail stores.”

The bill requires county governments to provide for licensing of marijuana facilities if the state fails to do so, and also authorizes counties to regulate or prohibit marijuana facilities within their boundaries.

And of course, that involves taxing it, too. HB 150 would go into effect upon approval. It passed first reading Friday.

On the other side of the scale, Senate Bill 330, introduced by Sen. Clayton Hee, D-23rd District, proposes to implement an incremental smoke-free policy to ultimately achieve 100 percent smoke-free public housing projects and state low-income housing projects.

Medical marijuana, however, would still be allowed at these facilities. The bill’s current version calls for the law to be implemented by July 1, 2015. SB 330 passed first reading Friday.

Far from home and into bars and nightclubs, smoking could be making a comeback.

SB 324 proposes to permit smoking back in bars and nightclubs, as long as they have a liquor license and post “smoking permitted” signs. The bill blocks counties to pass an ordinance that would prohibit or restrict smoking at bars and nightclubs.

In the bill’s current version, the changes would go into effect as early as July 1, 2014.

SB 324 passed first reading Friday. It was co-introduced by Sens. Brickwood Galuteria, D-12th District, and Mike Gabbard, D-20th District.

• Léo Azambuja, staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) or lazambuja@ thegardenisland.com.

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  • stearis posted at 5:45 pm on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    stearis Posts: 0

    You win the prize for funniest comment of the day.

  • Happy Accident posted at 4:54 pm on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    Happy Accident Posts: 473

    I'm very concerned that the GMO pot of the medical growers is going to destroy our organic dope.

  • LiquorInTheFront posted at 3:28 pm on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    LiquorInTheFront Posts: 1

    People already smoke it like it's legal. Might as well collect some taxes.

  • run4yourlife posted at 12:36 pm on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    run4yourlife Posts: 19

    "hoards of pot criminals.....". LOL. You just made my day.

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 11:48 am on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Free Seed for the Masses!

  • Mistajohn posted at 11:24 am on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    Mistajohn Posts: 0

    This makes sense. What we're doing now makes NO sense. Medical MJ is legal to grow here - yet we still spend thousands and thousands of dollars for Green Harvest to buzz our homes.

    If you've ever seen them rappel down from a helicopter into someone's yard and seen the manpower they bring to bear - only to discover the pot there is grown legally and then they all kinda wander off to their next "bust"...well it seems like such a waste when drugs like ice cause so much more suffering and crime.

    Glad to see some reason coming to the table.

  • bpeyton posted at 10:52 am on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    bpeyton Posts: 1653

    So, you suspect pot smokers will be more apt to steal from homes and businesses to get money to buy legal pot than they are now to buy illegal pot? Or are you suggesting that there will be lots more pot smokers if it is legal?

    Experience has not shown this to be the case. And pot is not heroin. Heroin addicts will steal to get the drug they are physically addicted to. Pot is not physically addictive. I don't think legalizing pot will bring on hoards of pot criminals robbing and stealing.

  • why not posted at 9:22 am on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    why not Posts: 2

    ALOHA & AMEN @^@

  • manongindashadow posted at 8:10 am on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    manongindashadow Posts: 337

    Aiien - yeah it's good idea to legalize marijuana finally for the pot smokers. less people to support in jail. however, where will some of them w/o jobs get there money to purchase marijuana? hopefully not my, yours, or anybody's home or place of business.

  • dave_at_efi posted at 7:34 am on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    dave_at_efi Posts: 0

    Agree, Alien. Just don't do it where the smoke will reach other people who don't want it. "Responsible."

  • alien posted at 6:20 am on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    alien Posts: 346

    Finally we are moving forward in this society towards true freedom and acceptance. It is what the people want. Let's teach PERSONAL responsibility. If you no like, no smoke. Real simple.


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