Hilo, HI, Hawaii

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4.5

Legislation: In Hawaii, Marijuana use is legal for religious purposes and medicincal use.

Any marijuana found in a vehicle results in all occupants being charged with its possession.

Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of one ounce or more is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. Any possession of amounts of one pound or more are felonies. The possible sentence for possession of one pound or more is up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Possession of two pounds or more is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Possession of 25 pounds or more is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

For first time offenders, the court can defer proceedings, place the accused on probation and upon completion of the probationary period the court can dismiss the charges.

another reporter added: “Since late December, 2000, Hawaii has had a medical marijuana law: ” Governor Ben Cayetano signed Senate Bill 862 into law on June 14, 2000. The law took effect on December 28, 2000. The law removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a signed statement from their physician affirming that he or she suffers from a debilitating condition and that the “potential benefits of medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks.” Patients diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under this act: cachexia; cancer; chronic pain; Crohn’s disease; epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures; glaucoma; HIV or AIDS; multiple sclerosis and other disorders characterized by muscle spasticity; and nausea. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Hawaii Department of Health. Patients (or their primary caregivers) may legally possess no more than one ounce of usable marijuana, and may cultivate no more than seven marijuana plants, of which no more than three may be mature. The law establishes a mandatory, confidential state-run patient registry that issues identification cards to qualifying patients. To date, approximately 2,600 cards have been issued to registered patients.

AMENDMENTS: No, although Hawaii has a separate statute allowing patients arrested on marijuana charges to present a “choice of evils” defense arguing that their use of marijuana is medically necessary.

Law enforcement: They will probably tell you to smoke somewhere other than wherever they found you smoking.

Where to buy marijuana in Hilo: Go to Pahoa, and buy it on the street. If you must stay in Hilo, then look for some stoned students, locals, rastas, hippies, etc. hanging out on the bayfront shopping area. Don’t lend them your money to go pick up a bag. Check for seeds, maturity. Call it “da crip”.

Marijuana prices in Hilo: for crip 80-100/4th

for less than that quality: 60/4th, only pay low for immature buds.

Strains: Bloods, Widows, Johnnies, Diesel, local sweet sativa strains,

More information: ask for “da supa crip”