A pair of bills to legalize cannabis were approved in Hawaii Senate committees on Thursday, February 16, and a House panel has separately advanced legislation to promote research into psilocybin and MDMA.
The Senate Judiciary Committee took up one of the cannabis bills from Sen. Joy San Buenaventura (D), passing it in a 3-0 vote just days after taking testimony on the reform during a hearing.
Meanwhile, a joint meeting of the Senate Health & Human Services and Commerce & Consumer Affairs Committee cleared a separate marijuana legalization bill sponsored by Sen. Chris Lee (D) on Thursday. The former panel voted 2-1, while the latter voted 3-1.
Both measures seek to end prohibition and create a system of regulated cannabis commerce for adults 21 and older, but the question remains as to which might ultimately serve as the vehicle for the reform this session.
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