Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Tuesday let House Bill 1383 become law without his signature.

That means that, starting Jan. 11, marijuana will be decriminalized in the state.

Specifically, the legislation allows for possession of 3 grams or less of pot for adults.

It also provides for the expungement of criminal records “pertaining solely” to possession of 3 grams or less of pot.

Marijuana on display at a store in San Jose, California.

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And, the bill sets up an evaluation task force to make recommendations on changing marijuana use penalties and outcomes.

According to The Hill, Hawaii will become the 26th state in the nation to legalize or decriminalize pakalolo, as cannabis is known in the islands.

“It is the smallest amount of any state to decriminalize, or legalize, possession marijuana,” the Marijuana Policy Project said in a statement.

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