Hawaii representatives mull marijuana legislation

One ounce of marijuana
One ounce of marijuana

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use in Hawaii is facing its first hurdle as the House judiciary committee decides whether to move the bill forward.

Lawmakers on Thursday postponed a decision until next week to adjust the proposal.

House judiciary committee Chair Karl Rhoads told the Associated Press he plans to push decision making back again until next Tuesday.

He says he needs more time to add amendments regulating where people would be able to light up and addressing technicalities.

Proponents say legalization would help Hawaii's economy and save money in the criminal justice system.

Law enforcement officials say they strongly oppose the bill.

They say they aren't wasting resources on marijuana now and that legalization would lead to higher crime rates.

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