New Reports Show Hawaii Voters Open to Marijuana Legalization

 by lucy

The Drug Policy Action Group has conducted polls to see where Hawaii voters stand on marijuana legalization.  The findings were presented at a January 10th Honolulu press conference.

Barbara Ankersmit, president of QMark Research, shared the results of a statewide poll of Hawaii voters’ attitudes toward marijuana laws.

QMark found that 57% of Hawaii voters favored legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana.  This shows a 20% jump in approval for legalization over poll results from 2005.

Additionally, 78% of those polled supported a dispensary system for medical marijuana and 69% said that they think it is inappropriate for people to do jail time for marijuana offenses.

In addition, Pamela Lichty, President of the Drug Policy Action Group, presented highlights from a new report on the potential economic impacts of marijuana legalization authored by David Nixon, Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii College of Social Sciences Public Policy Center.

Nixon and his colleagues found that Hawaii had seen a drastic increase in marijuana related arrests since 2004.  In the past 8 years, possession arrests have increased almost 50% and distribution arrests have almost doubled.

The groups most greatly impacted by marijuana prohibition in Hawaii are males under the age of 25 and people of Native Hawaiian descent.

Nixon also found that decriminalizing marijuana could not only save the state millions of dollars annually, but also bring a booming new industry.  Nixon estimates that $9 million could be saved each year in Hawaii by decriminalizing marijuana, while they could also earn an additional $11 million annually by legalizing, taxing, and selling marijuana.

After presenting Nixon’s findings, Lichty said, “It’s clear that Hawaii voters are open to reconsidering local marijuana laws.  The date in both of these reports will help our communities craft more effective, less costly approaches for the future.  The Drug Policy Action Group, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and our allies will advocate for the policy reforms that people in Hawaii want.

The Drug Policy Action Group was founded in 2004 and works to advocate for effective, non-punitive drug policies that minimize economic, social, and human costs and to encourage pragmatic approaches based on science and concern for human dignity.



12 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    kobe4mvp23 said on Jan 12, 2013

    good read, but why is Hawaii decked out in a UK flag? No hate, just wondering

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      cannalogic said on Jan 12, 2013

      Hawaii was very heavily influenced by the british missionaries, they pretty much brought hawaii into the western world.

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        lucy said on Jan 13, 2013

        ^This. It's actually not the UK flag, it's the Hawaii state flag. It just incorporates the UK flag in its design.

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          cannalogic said on Jan 13, 2013

          ^^You are correct, it is the Hawaii state flag, I never said it wasn't. The question I answered said why does it have a UK flag as a part of it? and my answer to said question, is the reason.

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            lucy said on Jan 14, 2013

            Was just trying to add a little additional clarification!

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          cannalogic said on Jan 14, 2013

          All good, upon rereading i see no qualms with your answer.

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    Dillinger said on Jan 12, 2013

    That would be great, I actually turned down jobs in Hawaii because of the status of there MMJ in general

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    cannalogic said on Jan 12, 2013

    Awesome news to hear, hope to see more and more states finally realize marijuana prohibition is a joke. It just hurts people on every level, struggling to find a better job even though I have my mmj card doesn't matter to employers. 45 days sober and still can't piss clean, can't wait for a change in the right direction, being without my legal meds is something i nor anyone else should have to should have to deal with. Legalize It!!! Or at least on a medical level it should be treated just like any other doctor prescribed medicine!!!!!!!

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    MattTokes said on Jan 12, 2013

    From someone who live in Hawaii thi is grea news.

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    MattTokes said on Jan 12, 2013

    From someone who lives in Hawaii this is great news.

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    GGLynzee said on Jan 14, 2013

    Hawaii has such a horrid Ice(meth) problem, that MMJ is the least of their worries… The more states on board the better!! And I also agree that it should be treated like any other script.. But employers can"say" it doesn't matter and if they don't like it it will always matter… Just won't hire u and its BS. Other meds only take days to get out (oxy's,etc) so u would only have to be off for a week or so. I would be one that takes over 45 days to clean out too, and it's not fair to suffer that long. I would just use borrowed pee. Lol

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      cannalogic said on Jan 14, 2013

      Borrowed pee is the route I will probably have to take, just been harder to find then you would think. The Feds just need to wise up and a very least reclassify it out of schedule 1, saying it has no medicinal properties is the biggest farce ever told.

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