November 2nd, 2016 – Hawaii County
Lead by Council member Margaret Willie the Hawaii County Council voted to urge the Hawaii State Legislature to;
1) Establishing possession of marijuana of one ounce or less as a civil violation;
2) Directing that violations be punishable by fines and or community service; and
3) Directing that civil fines and penalties for violations be deposited by the State Director of Finance to the credit of the State general fund.
Some council members expressed ignorance related to the law including a belief that licensed caregivers could care for up to four patients. The Department of Health rules for licensed patients and caregivers allow for only “one patient per caregiver and one caregiver per patient.”