A Hawaii bill that aimed to legalize marijuana for recreational use for individuals age 21 and older has been killed in the House. House judiciary committee Chairman Karl Rhoads said on Tuesday that he decided to kill the measure after learning from House leadership that the bill did not have enough votes to pass the House.
The measure was supported by the House majority leader and speaker, but apparently did not get enough support. Those in opposition of the bill included Hawaiian law enforcement, the Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii, and the state attorney general.
Pamela Lichty, head of the Hawaii Drug Policy Action Group, was disappointed to hear that the prospect of marijuana legalization in Hawaii has been snuffed out for this year.
Hawaii has over 20 marijuana related bills proposed this year, indicating a strong shift for change in the state.