Hawaii's attorney general has released a comprehensive proposal to legalize adult-use marijuana—with lawmakers already expressing interest in the plan. The proposal outlines regulations for cultivation, distribution, and sales, as well as measures to ensure public safety and generate tax revenue.
The attorney general's proposal comes after years of debate and growing public support for marijuana legalization in Hawaii. Advocates argue that legalization would create new economic opportunities, alleviate racial disparities in marijuana-related arrests, and redirect law enforcement resources towards more pressing issues.
If passed, Hawaii would join a growing number of states that have legalize adult-use marijuana, including neighboring states such as California and Oregon. Proponents of legalization point to the success of these states in generating tax revenue and reducing illegal marijuana markets.