Virtual Medical Cannabis Day Flag Ceremony

Dr. Clifton Otto has produced a virtual flag ceremony for Governor Ige. Working with US Senator Ed Case Dr. Otto once again was able to fly the American flag over the US Capitol to honor patients in Hawaii’s Medical Cannabis program. Formalizing the medical Cannabis program in Hawaii is a top priority. This effort does […]

Healthy Hawaii Guide

Considerations for a Patient-Friendly Government This annual guide aims to help voters and elected officials reduce harm to patients while improving our Cannabis economy.  More than 25,000 licensed patients in Hawaii are affected by restrictions on Cannabis medicine. Nationally, 70% of voters oppose enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical or recreational […]

Cannabis Talk with Ethan Nebelkopf

Hawaii marijuana dispensary

You Are Invited!  We hope you’ll join us for a very special meeting of the Hawaii Patients Union.  Cannabis Talk Story on Hawaii IslandFriday. May 25th 5pm – 7pm Hawaii Innovation Center in Hilo117 Keawe Street, Hilo, Hi 96720Map + Directions This month the Hawaii Patient Union will have a special guest host, author Ethan […]

Department of Justice Coward, Jeff Sessions Faces Becoming Unpopular, Backs Down

Department of Justice Cowards

In a new poll being promoted by Norml, Ninety-three percent of voters support the medical use of marijuana, as authorized by a doctor. From Quinnipiac:  This widespread support is in line with the results of prior Cannabis polls. Voters oppose the enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana […]

4:20 All Day

4:20 All Day

You Are Invited!  We hope you’ll join us for a not-so-regular monthly meeting of the Hawaii Patients Union.  Friday. April 20th 10am – 4:20pm Hawaii Innovation Center in Hilo 117 Keawe Street, Hilo, Hi 96720 Cannabis brings us together again to celebrate Cannabis health and wellness with our community. On 4/20 we rally our families […]

Legalization of Cannabis in Hawaii – It’s Legal Now (With a License)

Hawaii State Capitol Building

Clarification for licensed patients, Hawaii has accepted the medical use of Cannabis. There is no conflict with federal law or preemption as is the case with pesticides, for example. Scheduling and decriminalization are irrelevant for licensed patients. Here’s some language to consider for folks interested in obtaining a license to grow (please grow): https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2018/bills/SB2217_.htm   […]

Federal Legislation Update – Vote Friday on Cannabis Eradication Spending

Update: Done Deal, details. Original Story: Not a done deal. The vote will be Friday. Medical marijuana patients and businesses that follow state laws could continue to be protected from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the federal drug agents that work for him under a provision contained in new must-pass legislation revealed on Wednesday. If […]

Washington State Businesses Will Need New License Endorsement to Produce Cannabis-infused Edibles

OLYMPIA — As of April 1, statutory authority to regulate the makers of marijuana edibles will be added to the administrative responsibilities of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), a move that will require these businesses to apply for a special endorsement on their business licenses. Ultimate regulatory authority for marijuana operations remains with the Washington State […]

What is the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment?

What is the Rohrabacher-Farr Blumenauer Amendment?

The Rohrabacher–Farr amendment (also known as the Rohrabacher–Blumenauer amendment) is legislation prohibiting the Justice Department from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical cannabis laws. Rohrabacher-Blumenauer is pretty plain and clear: no DOJ funds can be used to block the implementation of medical cannabis reforms in states where it has been legalized, […]

Spring Equinox Cannabis Event – CannGrow 2018 – Mahalo!

Cannabis Spring

Mahalo for Attending the The Spring Equinox Event on Tuesday March 20th 2018. This month we’re celebrating Cannabis Spring, a flowering of consciousness and Cannabis. Join your community as once again come together to share and expand our Cannabis Consciousness. From developing your materials list and greenhouse needs to operating a legal cooperative in Hawaii, […]

Daniel Morii Still Bringing People Together

For more than 40 years Daniel Morii documented sustainability efforts and the Cannabis movement. His works reveal many storylines across Hawaii and in his own neighborhood. Daniel Morii was also successful in business. He and a small group of friends created a commune in the heart of Haight-Ashbury. Unbeknownst to many, that small group of hippies […]

Halloween Trick or Treat – Police Threats

Government Jacking Up Medicine Prices

Police have introduced a new fear in recent years. The threat of Cannabis candy. The trend will likely continue until law enforcement gets the training they need to function around medicine that does no harm. No one is eating edibles accidentally from trick or treating. Yet, the fear mongering can be pervasive. The money being […]

Hawaii Cannabis Business Meeting 4/20 at 5pm in Hilo

Photo by Jonatan Pie on Unsplash

Event passed… On 4/20/2017 We held a business meeting in Hilo.  Thursday in Hilo. Bring your ideas and questions. If you’ve got a Cannabis product or service you’d like to promote, bring it! This was an informal meeting designed to help spur more conversation about Cannabis business. We helped small business owners get involved in […]

Colorado Crackdown on Homegrown Cannabis Advances

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado plan to crack down on homegrown cannabis is rapidly heading to the governor’s desk after lawmakers changed the bill to give medical marijuana patients more leeway. ‘We’re not respecting patients’ rights as well as pushing the industry forward.’ -Jason Warf , Southern Colorado Cannabis Council A Senate committee vote 5-0 to […]

Medical Cannabis Program Update Hawaii Department of Health

“Ensuring Hawaii’s registered patients have access to safe medical marijuana products through an efficient system of responsible, licensed dispensaries.” -Hawaii DOH Inside today’s update the Department of Health states their position on Medical Marijuana Legislative Bills “About 45 medical marijuana bills have been introduced in this legislative session, but Governor David Ige and the Hawaii State […]

Federal Marijuana Policy – “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act”

An Epic Bill Introduction by Congressman Rohrabacher from California for the newly introduced “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act” (also see 2015 version) Visit Mr. Rohrabacher’s website for more links and articles to Cannabis legislation. From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office FEDERAL MARIJUANA POLICY The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under the Speaker’s announced […]

Cannabis Legislation 2017: We’re Tracking All Legalization Bills

Most state legislatures reconvene in early January, and by February they’re in full swing, moving some bills forward and killing others in committee. This year 27 state legislatures are considering bills pertaining to cannabis in some form. (Well, okay: 26. Mississippi had two medical marijuana bills, but they’re already dead.) Some states are pushing full […]

How to Testify – Hawaii State Legislature

How to Testify Hawaii

You can do this! Testifying can be done quickly, easily and is a great way to support Cannabis patients. How To – Three ways to testify; In person. Keep informed of important hearings as they are scheduled. Typical hearing notices only give 48 hours notice before testimony may or may not be accepted iduring a hearing. […]

Adult-Use Bills Introduced in Hawaii

Big changes could be made in Hawaii this session as two adult-use bills have been introduced in both legislative houses, according to a Honolulu Civil Beat report. However, they will likely face opposition from Democratic Gov. David Ige who wants to hold off on any Cannabis-related legislation until the state’s medical marijuana program is off […]

Adult-Use Bills Introduced in Hawai’i

Hawaii marijuana dispensary

Big changes could be made in Hawaii the 2017 session as two adult-use bills have been introduced in both legislative houses, according to a Honolulu Civil Beat report. However, they will likely face opposition from Democratic Gov. David Ige who wants to hold off on any cannabis-related legislation until the state’s medical marijuana program is […]

Correction: Hawaii State DID NOT Introduce a Bill to Legalize Genetically Modified Cannabis

Hawaii State Capitol Building

Correction: An amendment in section 2 states in part, “provided that medical marijuana dispensary activities pursuant to chapter 329D shall not be considered an eligible business activity for the purposes of this chapter.” Dispensaries can not produce genetically-engineered medical products and be considered an “Eligible business activity”. Senate Bill 780 Introduced by Senators Mike Gabbard, Will Espero, […]

Hawaii Cannabis Legislation – Local News Article Looks Deeper into Introduced Bills

Hawaii Cannabis

A post in today’s West Hawaii Today newspaper outlines some of the ideas behind recent Cannabis legislation introduced at the State legislature. According to the report, “State Sen. Russell Ruderman, D-Puna, is among several lawmakers this year proposing measures to legalize the drug for residents over age 21. One of Ruderman’s bills would allow counties […]

2017 Hawaii Cannabis Legislation Updated – Introduced Bills Measure Tracking Report

Hawaii Cannabis

Hawaii legislators have stepped up efforts to help patients. We’ve updated the public spreadsheet of Medical Cannabis Bills introduced. http://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pqcchbujQWvm18UqlU0cXJvHAUk2PtkCoYecRMtPF4U/edit?usp=sharing The spreadsheet has been simplified to be easier to read. You can also see a list of “medical marijuana” related bills on the state legislature website.

Joy San Buenaventura Advocates for Medical Cannabis in Hawaii

Hawaii Cannabis Event with Puna Representative Joy San Buenaventura Esq

A recent report in West Hawaii Today newspaper states, “Representative San Buenaventura, an attorney and vice chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, is also turning her sights on the state’s new medical marijuana dispensary law in order to smooth out the obstacles slowing down the construction and startups of the dispensaries. She wants to push for marijuana […]

Oklevueha Native American Church Ruled Unworthy to Use Marijuana for Religious Purposes

The Oklevueha Native American Church uses marijuana during service and recently lost an opportunity to fight for federal exemption. The U.S. Supreme Court has officially rejected a request to hear the case. The lawsuit has been ongoing since its initial filing in 2009. The Church cited that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 protects […]

Hawaiʻi’s Cannabis Goals for 2017 – Legislative Updates

Hawaii Cannabis

Originally published Jan. 2nd, 2017 We know we can do better. If 10% of the licensed Cannabis patients in Hawaii engaged in direct action, we could save lives in 2017. How many Cannabis-preventable deaths occurred in 2016? How many will occur in 2017? There is no legal way to grow Cannabis in Hawaii. The mere act […]

Scheduling Cannabis in Hawaii Gets a Helping Hand

Legislators request Cannabis Rescheduling information from public department of safety

Many patients are aware the Federal Government claim Cannabis has medicinal benefits as exhibited in their patents on various constituents of Cannabis. Many more do not know that law enforcement in the State of Hawaii have also scheduled Cannabis as “Schedule 1”. Schedule 1 drugs must have “the highest degree of danger” of all drugs. […]

Hawaiʻi State Cannabis Program – Caution 2016

Hawaii Cannabis

On HawaiiCannabis.org we educate and raise awareness. Without education and a certain awareness of the facts, patients in Hawaii are susceptible to rules, laws, regulations and separation from medicine and personal freedom. A few facts could help you avoid arrest. Thousands of Hawaii Cannabis prisoners are in jail now for minor errors in compliance. The state has […]

The Hawai‘i State Legislative Oversight Committee for Medical Cannabis is Now in Session

Hawaii Dispensary Alliance

from the Hawaii Dispensary Alliance Aloha Alliance! It has been a long quiet summer as the dispensaries work to prepare their facilities and DOH works to administer Hawai‘i’s new medical marijuana dispensary system. Patients and the public alike are understandably curious about the progress of the system.  Today, with the first session of the Hawaii State […]

Kauai Deputy Chief on Medical Marijuana Oversight Group

Stakeholders to develop, improve legislation; first meeting slated Wednesday in Honolulu The group tasked with developing and recommending legislation to improve the medical marijuana system to ensure safe and legal access to qualifying patients is scheduled to have its first meeting in Honolulu on Wednesday. The Act 230 Medical Marijuana Legislative Oversight Working Group will […]

Hawaii dispensaries not yet growing medical marijuana plants

HONOLULU The groups that plan to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii have all identified sites to grow their products, but none of the eight licensees has begun cultivating the plants because they haven’t been given a green light from the state Department of Health. One holdup is the state doesn’t have a software system […]

Waiting for Healthcare in Hawaii

Hawaii Cannabis Organization

When was the last time you had to wait 15 days for a prescription? In Hawaii, this is normal. Once you wait for and receive your 329card, you can then start growing. The only way to purchase medicine is to wait for dispensaries to open. Those announcements won’t come until the next legislative session approaches […]

How to Prevent Enforcement Interference in Your Cannabis Organization

How to Prevent Enforcement Interference in Your Cannabis Organization

MJ Freeway Program Manager, Tony Reese and Operations Consultant, Tyler Stratford share clear, actionable tips that you can implement immediately. They discuss compliance as a company culture, how to reduce risk, record keeping best practices, and more. Written by Jasmine on August 16, 2016 http://youtu.be/NjTYVNr1wbk

OH: What’s Legal, What’s Not And What’s Ahead

Cincinnati – New laws hit the books in Ohio on Thursday legalizing medical marijuana, raising a host of questions for consumers, business owners and doctors across the region.

So what exactly changes this week?

President Obama Grants Clemency to 111 People

Today, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 111 people incarcerated in federal prison, almost all for drug offenses. This brings his total number of clemencies granted to 673 people. Many of those who received commutations today were victims of the disparity in sentencing between crack and cocaine. President Obama has been pushed to do […]

US CA: Column: We Have To Gamble On Legalization

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n601/a02.html Newshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htm Votes: 0 Pubdate: Thu, 01 Sep 2016 Source: SF Weekly (CA) Column: Chem Tales Copyright: 2016 Village Voice Media Contact: Website: http://www.sfweekly.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/812 Author: Alex Halperin Poorly Informed WE HAVE TO GAMBLE ON LEGALIZATION A few years into the state legalization experiment, we know one big thing: A legal marijuana […]

Port Richey Florida Could be on the Right Side of History with Cannabis Laws

Medical Marijuana Research

If you follow MagicalButter.com CEO, and Founder Garyn Angel, on Facebook you may have noticed he’s been live streaming latley… alot. “When you are Stuck in reverse but have to go forward” – Watch Video You may have even seen his “daily motivationals” where he always has a smile on his face; even when his car got […]

Montana: Medical Cannabis Restoration Initiative Qualifies For November Ballot

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 18, 2016 Montana voters will decide this November on a statewide initiative to restore and expand elements of the state’s medical cannabis program. The Secretary of State’s office has affirmed that initiative proponents, Montana Citizens for I-182, submitted sufficient signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for […]

NORML’s Legislative Round Up July 15th, 2016

by Danielle Keane, NORML Political DirectorJuly 15, 2016 Members of Congress this week heard testimony on the state of marijuana research, and leading members of the US Senate introduced legislation to potentially reclassify CBD. A medical marijuana initiative in Montana qualified for the November ballot and Governors in three states signed marijuana related bills into […]

NORML’s Legislative Round Up July 8th, 2016

Adult use legalization initiatives in Arizona, California and Massachusetts are moving forward and Illinois has expanded its medical marijuana program. Keep reading to get the latest news and to find out how you can #TakeAction. Federal: On Wednesday, July 13th the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism is holding a hearing titled, “Researching the […]

Press Release: FLORIDA PASSES SWEEPING CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM

Medical Cannabis

Contact: Mikayla Hellwich                                                       media@nullleap.cc 240.461.3066 FLORIDA PASSES SWEEPING CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM Gov. Scott Signs After Unanimous Bipartisan Vote in Both Houses Tallahassee, FL – Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed civil asset forfeiture reform bill SB 1044. The new law strengthens individual property rights and holds police departments to a higher standard of record […]

Lowest Law Enforcement Priority in Hawaii County

“The citizens of the County of Hawaii have passed an initiative to make Cannabis offenses the Lowest Law Enforcement Priority, where the Cannabis is intended for adult personal use, and request that the federal and state branches of government remove criminal penalties for the cultivation, possession and use of Cannabis for adult personal use; the […]

Hawaii County Medical Marijuana Task Force Hearings on Big Island

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

On September 10th, 2014 the State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Task Force met in Hawaii County. Part One Part Two Supplemental – Must Watch – Featuring Mike Ruggles and other members of the Alternative Pain Management Club. Big Mahalo for this two part series created by Big Island Video News.