Councilman seeks input on decriminalizing marijuana
Hawaiçi County Councilman Pete Hoffmann of Kohala would like to ask Big Island voters if they support decriminalizing marijuana use, but is barred from adding nonbinding questions to election ballots, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.
“I simply want to try to get a survey on this,” Hoffmann said Wednesday. “Let’s find out if the people of this island want to move forward (with legalization.) If they do, then I will support their initiatives.”
In November 2008, more than 35,000 voters approved a ballot question to make marijuana possession by adults the police Department’s lowest enforcement priority. Another 25,000-plus opposed the measure.
A resolution urging the state Legislature to decriminalize the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana is set to appear before the council’s Public Works and Intergovernmental Relations Committee during its 4:45 p.m. meeting Tuesday in Hilo.