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State roundup for February 8

Hawaii representatives mull marijuana legislation

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.

Oregon man dies of injuries in auto accident

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — Kauai police say a 76-year-old Oregon man has died from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Police say the two-car collision occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday in Kapaa on the Kuhio Highway.

Police say the man from Oregon, whose name has not been released, was a passenger in a car that was on the northbound shoulder of the road. The car was trying to enter the northbound lane when a truck, heading north struck it on the driver’s side.

Both the man and the 71-year-old female driver were taken to Wilcox Hospital. The driver was reported in stable condition. The driver of the truck was not injured.

The fatality is the first on Kauai this year.

Non-stop Spokane-Hawaii flights start Saturday

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Allegiant Air starts non-stop flights Saturday from Spokane to Oahu.

The Spokesman-Review reports it’s the first non-stop Hawaii service from Spokane in years.

Allegiant follows a business model of jetting leisure travelers from smaller cities like Spokane to top vacation destinations.


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