This month Hawaii became the 15th U.S. state to decriminalize marijuana. An additional 11 states and Washington, D.C. have already legalized marijuana.There are, of course, advocates and opponents of cannabis legalization and decriminalization.
But for many people with chronic pain, these legal shifts have provided them with an alternative way to manage their pain, with some people using cannabis in place of prescription medications like opioids.
Hawaii’s new law allows people to possess up to 3 grams of cannabis without danger of jail time, although they can still be fined $130. Repeat offenses and possession of larger amounts, though, can still result in more severe sentences.