Press Release

Hawaii Social Justice Groups Gather in Support of Cannabis Legalization

Jan 10, 2023

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Contact: DeVaughn Ward

Honolulu, HI — Hawaii social justice groups will gather on Wednesday for a news conference in support of legislation to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis. The event is being held as momentum for legalization picks up in the state. Scheduled speakers at the event include Rep. Jeanné Kapela, DeVaughn Ward of the Marijuana Policy Project, Nikos Leverenz of Drug Policy Forum Hawaii, and George Cordero of the ACLU Hawaii. The group will also be urging state lawmakers to include processes for automatic record clearance and resentencing in cannabis proposals. 

WHAT: News conference with Hawaii social justice organizations to advocate for ending the prohibition of cannabis and providing retroactive relief for the victims of cannabis prohibition

WHEN: Wednesday, January 11, 10:30 a.m. HST

WHERE: Rotunda of the Capitol, 415 S Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813

WHO: Rep. Jeanné Kapela, 5th District 

DeVaughn Ward, Marijuana Policy Project

George Cordero, ACLU of Hawai‘i 

Nikos Leverenz, Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii

Gracie Johnson, Last Prisoner Project (In Absentia)


Founded in 1995, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the nation’s leading cannabis policy reform organization. MPP has played a central role in passing dozens of cannabis policy reforms in states across the country, including 10 successful cannabis legalization campaigns, and also works to advance federal reforms.

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