Hawaii Police Department Brochure – Marijuana Is Not Medicine

HPD CIA misinformation techniques applied in schools. The goal of these misinformation was to intentionally stigmatize school children in Hawaii. The Hawaii police department passed these color brochures out in schools they visited. What are they feeding your kids now? When was the last time you were invited to a D.A.R.E. event at your kid’s […]

Medical Cannabis Day 2022

Medical Cannabis Day 2022 brings together a diverse group of patients, subject matter experts, and key decision makers across the state to celebrate and honor June 14th,the day in 2000 that the State authorized the medical use of Cannabis in Hawaii. Event organizers on Hawaiʻi, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai islands have come back together to […]

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 […]

Testing Cannabis for Safety – Facts You May Not Understand

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln A common theme appears before us, “safety”. It is widely believed that regulatory safety requirements will make distributing, consuming or possessing Cannabis safer. Growers and […]

February Hawaii Patient Union Meeting is First Friday

Hawaii Patients Union Meets on the First Friday Every Month

Public Invited-Free to all members. Friday February 1st, 5:30-7:30pm (Always First Friday) Agenda  Introductions / Announcements Legislative Discussion Hawaii Cannabis Awareness Conference Update Hawaii Patient Union QnA Open Cannabis Discussion till pau Venue Hawaii Innovation Center at Hilo Directions 117 Keawe Street, Hilo, Hi 96720 Time 5:30pm-7:30pm Cost Free to Members Suggested donation for non-members, $5-$10 (no one is turned […]

January Hawaii Patient Union Meeting is First Friday

Public Invited-Free to all members. Friday January 4th, 5:30-7:30pm (Always First Friday) Agenda  Introductions / Announcements Special Guests Upcoming Events QnA with Special Guests Hawaii Patient Union QnA Open Cannabis Discussion till pau Venue Hawaii Innovation Center at Hilo Directions 117 Keawe Street, Hilo, Hi 96720 Time 5:30pm-7:30pm Cost Free to Members Suggested donation for non-members, $5-$10 (no one is […]

Hawaiian Ethos Dispensary Events

Hawaiian Ethos Cannabis Dispensary Event

Cannabis is Medicine HILO—12/10/18 @ 5-7P, HAWAI‘I INNOVATION CENTERRSVP KONA—12/11/18 @ 5-7P, THE HAWAIIAN ETHOS KONA DISPENSARYRSVP Join Hawaiian Ethos Medical Advisor Stacey Marie Kerr MD for a presentation on using cannabis as medicine. Q&A + talk story to follow. Kona event will also include a dispensary tour (no products available yet).OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, […]

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 […]

First FDA-approved study of cannabis for PTSD in veterans underway

Cannabis research

In a symposium on the issues and controversies surrounding marijuana, internist and telemedicine physician Sue Sisley, MD, discussed the design and aim of her FDA-approved phase 2 study of cannabis for PTSD in U.S. military veterans. Sisley, who was terminated from the University of Arizona after becoming the principle investigator on the cannabis study, said she was […]

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   […]

Hawaii Medical Cannabis Patient Numbers Up 33% in 2017

Hawaii Cannabis Patient Numbers

Month-over-month growth averaged 2%, consistent with data from previous years. The strongest growth, 4.2%, occurred in May 2017. Total registered patients surpassed 20,000 in January 2018 – well ahead of early estimates by Marijuana Business Daily. That’s healthy growth for a market where MMJ has been legal since 2000. Thanks to Dr. Clifton Otto’s petition […]

Hawaii Cannabis Dispensaries – Cure Oahu Blessing and Opening

Cure Oahu Cannabis Dispensary in Hawaii

Another medical Cannabis dispensary opens in Hawaii on Oahu Island. According to KITV news, a blessing was held earlier today at 10:30 a.m. “The 24-hundred square food facility will offer locally grown medical-grade cannabis products to customers with 329 cards. The company says the Department of Health will conduct a final inspection this week then […]

AEOS Labs Cannabis Testing Laboratory is Third to Open in Hawaii

AEOS Labs - Cannabis Testing

Aeos Labs operated by Clinical Labs of Hawaii has opened. Aeos Labs, Inc has received permission to open from the state and has received the The Emerald Test® badge by Emerald Scientific for its Potency, Microbial, and Heavy Metals testing. We had the opportunity to speak with Benjamin Mead of Aeos Labs regarding transparency in test results, certifications for […]

Your Invitation to Cannlove

Cannlove Event in Hilo on Feb. 15th 2018

Love is Complete, Cannabis is complete. Event passed… You’re Invited to a special evening of Cannabis business conversation for lovers of the Cannabis plant. Presentations will be given on Cannabis business branding, design, legal and legislative issues followed by a discussion on starting and growing your own Cannabis business in Hawaii. We’re creating a special intimate […]

Cannabis Consumer Capsule Consumption Option

What’s Your preferred consumption method? Do you have special precautions you have to follow to avoid additional side-effects? Can Cannabis capsules reduce side-effects? Not all patients can or prefer to consume Cannabis the same way. Smoking, vaping, edibles and a needle injection of the marijuanas through the eyeball aren’t great options for many. Cannabis oil medicating massages […]

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 […]

Critical: Protect Lawful Medical Cannabis Programs

Federal: Protect Lawful State Medical Marijuana Programs Update 2 (1-20-2018). The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment has expired due to the shutdown of the federal government. Right now Jeff Sessions may be asking Doug Chin for a list of licensed patients engaged in federally-illegal crimes. A letter sent to Governor Ige seeking help for patients received a bizarre […]

Jeff Sessions Federal Fear Reduces Patient Treatments

Jeff Sessions

Update 11/08/20 Jeffery Session reign of terror is nearly over. His successor is a former college football player. He could directly benefit from Cannabis use and has likely heard professional football players stories of their Cannabis use for medical conditions caused by football. He’s also made some Cannabis-friendlier statements. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has […]

Hawaii Adds ALS to MMJ Program; Rejects Anxiety Disorders | Ganjapreneur

Dr. Clifton Otto

We’re all super grateful for another contribution from Dr. Clifton Otto. This time it’s ALS disease. Mahalo for your work at getting this debilitating disease approved for healthcare. Amazing that only a few days ago an ALS patient would have been put in jail for trying Cannabis. Here’s the letter from Dr. Otto: https://hawaiicannabis.org/wp-content/uploads/ALSPetition-DOHApproval-19Dec17.pdf Read […]

Hawaii Hemp Program Delayed by Noncompliant Jamaican Seed

Hawaii Cannabis Strains

Hawaii’s industrial hemp cultivation program has suffered a setback after seeds imported from Jamaica arrived lateand failed a basic inspection. According to HTH, “http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hemp-growing-program-suffers-setback” Source: Hawaii Hemp Program Delayed by Noncompliant Jamaican Seed | Ganjapreneur On July 2, 2017 the Hawaii Tribune Herald reported, “ When it arrives, the hemp seed will be distributed to three […]

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 Licenses 2nd Testing Lab | Ganjapreneur

Pharmlabs Cannabis Testing Lab Hawaii

Hawaii’s second medical cannabis testing lab has been licensed and can begin testing products immediately, according to a KITV report. Hawaii’s second medical cannabis testing lab has been licensed and can begin testing products immediately, according to a KITV report. Pharmlab Hawaii is expected to test products for dispensaries on Maui; Steep Hill Hawaii, located in Oahu, was approved […]

Hawaii – MPP

Hawaii Cannabis Forest Grow

Updates on marijuana policy in Hawaii from the Marijuana Policy Project. In August, the first two dispensaries in Hawaii began serving patients. Now four dispensaries are operational. The program’s most recent delays were partly due to a lack of authorized testing facilities. In October, the state authorized a second testing laboratory, which will help make […]

Hawaii Department of Health Medical Cannabis Update – Vol. I, No. 5 August 2017

Maintaining a Strong Relationship with Your Doctor With two medical cannabis dispensaries now open, and more anticipated to open in the near future, Hawaii’s registered patients must carefully weigh information on potency and efficacy of medical cannabis products. Obtaining accurate information and knowing who to turn to for answers may be a challenge for patients. […]

Insurance Provider Drops Hawaii Medical Cannabis Companies | Ganjapreneur

Hawaii Cannabis dispensaries insurance

The launch of Hawaii’s medical cannabis program faces more delays after the Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company (HEMIC) announced last week it will stop providing workers compensation insurance to seven of the state’s eight licensed cannabis companies. According to a KHON2 report, the development came without warning and poses a problem for the companies in […]

Hawaii MMJ Operators Waiting for Regulators to Certify Testing Labs | Ganjapreneur

Hawaii Cannabis dispensaries

Medical cannabis business owners in Hawaii are still waiting for regulators to certify laboratories to test their products, as the program infrastructure is in place but after more than a year sales have yet to occur, the Associated Press reports. Helen Cho, director of integrated strategy for Aloha Green Holdings, said her dispensary in Oahu […]

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

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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 […]

Hawaii Changing “Medical Marijuana” Terminology to “Medical Cannabis”

Two committees unanimously voted to require the state to refer to medical marijuana as medical cannabis. Lawmakers believe that the word cannabis is more fitting. The Department of Health has until December 31, 2019 to make all of the required changes to all written law and documents. The changes are to be made to title […]

New medical marijuana dispensary Maui Grown Therapies to hold open houses

Maui is getting their first medical marijuana dispensary, set to open soon in Kahului. Hawaii currently only has one medical dispensary, located on Oahu, and the islands do not recognize medical marijuana cards issued in any other state. The company bringing the first to Maui is Maui Grown Therapies. Once the dispensary opens, later this […]

Medical marijuana bills would change terminology, amend video storage requirements

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

HONOLULU — A couple of bills seeking to amend laws regarding medical marijuana are passing through the Legislature. “I supported both bills in committee hearings, and anticipate more amendments before any bills become law,” said Rep. Dee Morikawa. One is SB 786, which aims to change language in Hawaii laws that use the term “medical […]

Hawaii puts cannabis tracking in FedRAMP cloud

Hawaii puts cannabis tracking in FedRAMP cloud By Susan Miller Apr 03, 2017 The Hawaii Department of Health has deployed a live seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system in a cloud  environment authorized by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.  The state is using BioTrackTHC’s State Traceability System in Amazon Web Services’ GovCloud for its state […]

March 30, 2017 – Hawaiian Cannabis Bills Gain Momentum in the House and Senate

by John McClain | March 30, 2017 Hawaii has several bills going through the state legislature that will bring new definitions and qualifying conditions to Hawaiian residents who wish to use medical cannabis. Senate Bill 174 and House Bill 1488 both propose to add autism, epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, lupus and arthritis to the list of […]

Hawaii Landlords Prepare for Medical Marijuana Scent Complaints

Some condo boards and apartment complexes are bracing for the flood of complaints about medical marijuana smoke they expect to start coming this year. No dispensaries are open in Hawaii yet, but the state has 13,000 registered medical marijuana patients. Records indicate that a large portion of the medical marijuana patients live in condos or […]

Will Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Start Opening Soon?

Hawaii’s medical marijuana patients have been waiting almost a year since dispensaries were granted business licenses. There still isn’t a single dispensary open yet. A few of the licensees just started growing last month, so they are still about three months away from opening. Eight licenses were granted for dispensaries in Hawaii, KITV News reports.  […]

Hawaii Bill Adding Five New Medical Cannabis Conditions Passes House Committee

The Hawaii House Health Committee has passed a measure that wold expand the state’s medical cannabis program. They also unanimously passed a bill to change state law to refer to “medical marijuana” as “medical cannabis”. Senate Bill 174, which has already passed the Senate with a unanimous 25 to 0 vote, passed the House Health […]

When will Hawaii's medical marijuana dispensaries open?

Hawaii has been given the green light to open up dispensaries for medical marijuana patients, but when will that happen? We take a closer look at what still needs to be done before cannabis goes out to customers. It has been nearly a year since the state granted eight medical marijuana dispensary licenses, but it wasn’t […]

New Strains Alert: Doctor Doctor, Ice Princess, Ill OG, and More

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today we are sharing a trio of new additions from Los Angeles Kush, including Ill OG, a thrice-deep backcross of True OG, and Bert’s Cookie Dough, a GSC x OGKB cross that fortifies its Cookies aroma and effects. We also connected with our pals at Soulshine Cannabis and got the skinny on their sedating […]

Hawaii Lawmakers: 'Marijuana' Rooted In Racial Stereotypes, Call It Cannabis

What’s in a name? For legislators in Hawaii, a lot. State Sen. Mike Gabbard vehemently opposes the word “marijuana.” To him and other lawmakers in Hawaii, it is a “slang term” that has “prejudicial implications rooted in racial stereotypes.” Gabbard has introduced a bill in the senate that would replace the term “medical marijuana” with “medical cannabis” […]

Senator Wants Hawaii to Use the Word “Cannabis” Instead of “Marijuana”

State Senator Mike Gabbard says that cannabis is a more fitting term, so he has introduced a bill to change the state’s use of medical marijuana to medical cannabis. The bill is gaining traction in the state’s Legislature. Senate Bill 786 says that marijuana is a slang term and promotes the creation of racial stereotyping. […]

Hawaiian Legislators Attack Marijuana's Racist Legacy

A new bill introduced by state Senator Mike Gabbard would change Hawaii’s ‘medical marijuana program’ to a ‘medical cannabis program.’ The semantic change may sound arbitrary, but for Gabbard, the chosen nomenclature represents an ugly reminder of prohibition’s racist beginnings. Cannabis was made illegal in the early 20th century in part due to racist stereotypes […]

“Cannabis” More Accurate Label Than “marijuana” State Lawmaker Says

Mahalo to Kirsten Johnson for covering Cannabis stories emerging from the Hawaii State Legislature. Snippets from today’s article are below. Link to the full text is at the bottom of the page. HILO — A bill to replace the term “medical marijuana” with “medical cannabis” in state law is moving through the Legislature, though most […]

Here Are the 23 States That Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Approximately 8 million adults suffer from PTSD, including many military veterans. (WikiMedia Commons/USMC) Phillip Smith | March 12, 2017 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not rare. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about eight million adults suffer from it in any given year, including tens of thousands of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans. Somewhere between […]

New Strains Alert: Rainbow Jones, Fighting Buddha, Godzilla Glue, and More

Winter weather is  sticking around for some while spring has sprung early for others. But regardless of the weird weather, we are hoping to transplant a little tropical sunshine and some easygoing vibes with the help of a few new strains from our ‘ohana in Hawaii, Pua Mana 1st Hawaiian Pakalōlō Seed Bank. A few tropical […]

Americans for Safe Access Grades State Medical Marijuana Laws

Medical Cannabis

By Carl Wellstone for Weed News Americans for Safe Access (ASA) have been at the forefront of the movement to implement sensible cannabis laws that benefit patients battling severe and debilitating medical conditions since the organization was founded in 2002. Led by a great advocate, Steph Sherer, ASA now has over 30,000 members in with […]

CannaSmack: Woman Owned, 100% USA Made Oregon Hemp Infused Body Care

DayTripper, Blue Dream, Pineapple Express, Maui Wowie, Plain Mary Jane–these are just a few of the increasingly popular lip balms and body care products developed by CannaSmack founder Suzanne Hoggan and her team. We recently spoke with CannaSmack Creative Director & Marketing Manager Kenia Taylor to learn more about the benefits of their domestic hemp-infused […]

Hawaii Lawmaker Co-Sponsors the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

The list of co-sponsors of the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 continues to grow. Now, Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard has added her name as a co-sponsor of Virginia Representative Thomas Garrett’s HR 1227 bill. The two have teamed up before. Gabbard joined the team of co-sponsors on February 27, according to Maui Time. […]

State of the Leaf: House Republican Wants to Deschedule Cannabis

U.S. News Updates National A bipartisan bill has been introduced by freshman House Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.), that would remove marijuana completely from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively decriminalizing cannabis under federal law. Garrett, who replaced cannabis prohibitionist US Rep. Robert Hurt in Virginia’s fifth congressional district, campaigned on a promise to make cannabis reform […]

Hawaii Lawmakers Will Likely Decriminalize Marijuana in 2017

Lawmakers in Hawaii are working hard to pass House Bill 107 which would decriminalize the possession of marijuana. It would make Hawaii the 23rd state to do so. Possession would be a civil infraction rather than a criminal offense. Decriminalization of marijuana is seen as a move toward reform of social justice in Hawaii, according […]

Kush Bottles Expands Cannabis Packaging Solutions Offerings to Hawaii and Puerto Rico

Kush Bottles Adds Distribution Partners in Hawaii & Puerto Rico Company Plans to Expand Customer Base Domestically and Internationally in New Medical Cannabis Markets SANTA ANA, Calif., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Kush Bottles, Inc. (OTCQB: KSHB), a provider of packaging, supplies, accessories and branding solutions for the regulated cannabis industry, has added two new […]

Spicer Incorrectly Links Marijuana to Opioids

Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary recently spoke about marijuana at a White House Press briefing, while he praised the plant for helping on some dire situations for medical patients – he not only put cannabis in the cross hairs of a possible federal crackdown, but he also wrongly likened marijuana to opioids. “There’s […]

US HI: OPED: It's Time To Move On Marijuana Bills

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v17/n082/a04.htmlNewshawk: Herb CouchVotes: 0Pubdate: Sun, 26 Feb 2017Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)Copyright: 2017 Star AdvertiserContact:http://www.staradvertiser.com/info/Star-Advertiser_Letter_to_the_Editor.htmlWebsite: http://www.staradvertiser.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/5154Author: Michelle TippensPage: E3 It’s time to move on marijuana bills Since 2000, the state of Hawaii has had a medical-use-of-marijuana program to provide patients with chronic illness a safe and effective treatment option.  As we progress through 2017 […]

Cannabis Lobbyists Denounce White House Attack on Recreational Pot

The National Cannabis Industry Association issued a statement denouncing the White House attack on recreational pot in response to Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comments regarding the Trump Administration’s marijuana policy in the press briefing today: “It would be a mistake for the Department of Justice to overthrow the will of the voters and state governments who have […]

Rec Pot Businesses Could Be In Trouble Under Trump, Says White House Official Sean Spicer

Rec pot businesses could be in trouble under trump, as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at Thursday’s press briefing that he thinks Americans will see a greater enforcement from the DEA. When asked about President Trump’s stance on the marijuana industry, Spicer said the following: “There’s two distinct issues here: medical marijuana and […]

Take A Peek Inside This San Diego Marijuana Lab

As the cannabis industry continues to be legalized and regulated, the need for analytic laboratories to test marijuana products is a growing business opportunity. PharmLabs, an accredited analytic laboratory in San Diego, California, has been testing the waters of this emerging market since 2011 and is poised to expand substantially now that Prop. 64—which legalizes personal […]

Hawaii Medical Marijuana Moves Forward with Cultivator Licenses

Hawaii Cannabis

Hawaii medical marijuana moves forward with cultivator licenses as the state just named it’s third cannabis cultivator, Manoa Botanicals. The company got the green light from officials to begin growing the plant in their production center on Oahu. That means the state of Hawaii says they can obtain seeds, and grow clones and marijuana plants – […]

Hawaii Might Create Medical Cannabis Sales Tax to Help Fund the Program

To help offset some of the cost of operating the Hawaii medical marijuana program, lawmakers are considering adding a tax to purchases. Hesitance comes from those fearing that it will make the medicine too expensive for patients. Chair of the House Health Committee, State Representative Della Au Belatti, supports the proposed “Use Tax.” Lawmakers have […]

Hefty new tax on medical marijuana would help pay for pot program

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Lawmakers are looking to add a new tax on medical marijuana to help cover some the of costs associated with setting up Hawaii’s program, but many are concerned that it will just make pot more expensive for patients.  State Rep. Della Au Belatti, chair of the House Health Committee, supports a new […]

Hawaii Approves 3 Dispensaries to Begin Cultivating Medical Marijuana

Aloha Green Holdings, Inc. has sewn its first seeds. The approval was given to this dispensary and two others to begin cultivating medical marijuana. By early summer, patients should be able to visit Aloha Green Holdings to purchase their medicine. The Hawaii Department of Health approved three dispensaries to acquire seeds to begin cultivating, according to West […]

State briefs for February 14

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

Oahu medical marijuana shop plants first seeds HONOLULU (AP) — One of Oahu’s state-approved medical marijuana dispensaries started growing Hawaii’s first legal cannabis plants and anticipates sales to patients can begin in early summer. The state Department of Health approved Aloha Green Holdings Inc. and two other dispensaries to start acquiring and cultivating seeds, clones […]

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 […]

Oahu medical marijuana shop plants first seeds

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — One of Oahu’s state-approved medical marijuana dispensaries has started growing Hawaii’s first legal cannabis plants and anticipates sales to patients can begin in early summer. The Department of Health approved Aloha Green Holdings Inc. and two other dispensaries to start acquiring and cultivating seeds, clones and plants, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/2lCBpob ) […]

Cannabis expo strives to educate people about medical marijuana

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

Related Coverage The second annual Hawaii Cannabis Expo is wrapping up this weekend at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall as vendors from across the state gathered to promote the state’s growing medical marijuana industry. With the third medical marijuana dispensary getting the go-ahead to start growing its product recently, expo organizers say they want to educate people […]

Hawaii cannabis expo gets underway as lawmakers continue medical marijuana push

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The 2nd Annual Hawaii Cannabis Expo kicked off at the Blaisdell Center on Friday. The three-day event aims to educate the public on potential benefits offered by the cannabis plant, while providing attendees with information on how to safely access it in Hawaii as a registered patient. This comes as lawmakers push for several bills […]

First Look at a State’s Quality Assurance Medical Marijuana Testing Lab

A look at one of three of the state’s quality assurance labs that will test marijuana for medical use. Steep Hill Hawaii will test marijuana for dispensaries across the islands. Chemists will use machines to test for potency,  pesticides, heavy metals, and mold. This comes as the state health department approved three of the eight […]

Third Hawaii medical marijuana dispensary ready to grow

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

Published: Feb 10, 2017, 1:32 pm • Updated: Feb 10, 2017, 1:33 pm By The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii has given the green light to a third dispensary to begin acquiring and growing marijuana. Oahu-based Manoa Botanicals got the state Department of Health’s permission on Thursday. Aloha Green Holdings Inc. of Oahu and Maui […]

3rd Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Start Growing

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

3rd Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Start Growing By Zachary Babin – February 10, 2017 HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has given the green light to a third dispensary to begin acquiring and growing marijuana. Oahu-based Manoa Botanicals got the state Department of Health’s permission on Thursday. Aloha Green Holdings Inc. of Oahu and Maui Grown […]

Hawaii OKs another dispensary to grow pot

Hawaii has given the green light to a third dispensary to begin acquiring and growing marijuana. Oahu-based Manoa Botanicals got the state Department of Health’s permission on Thursday. Aloha Green Holdings Inc. of Oahu and Maui Grown Therapies are the only other businesses that have received state approval for cultivation out of the state’s eight […]

Lawmakers puzzle over how to allow pot to be carried inter-island

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – As Hawaii’s medical marijuana industry takes shape, patients have stumbled across a problem: What about traveling inter-island with their pot? Lawmakers are looking at the issue to ensure that patients will be able to fly with their medical marijuana. But proposals before the state Legislature are drawing concerns. State Attorney General Doug Chin […]

Third Hawaii dispensary gets OK to begin growing marijuana

Business Breaking| Top News By Kristen Consillio kconsillio@nullstaradvertiser.com February 9, 2017 Updated February 9, 2017 4:45pm ASSOCIATED PRESS A third Hawaii medical marijuana contractor received state approval today to begin legally growing pakalolo. Manoa Botanicals LLC, which is opening a Honolulu dispensary on Young Street, joined Aloha Green Holdings Inc. on Oahu and Maui Grown […]

What will be AG Jeff Sessions' first move on marijuana?

Published: Feb 8, 2017, 8:16 pm • Updated: Feb 9, 2017, 5:26 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A new lawman has come to town, and the marijuana industry could be in for major upheaval. But just how much change Attorney General Jeff Sessions might impart — and how quickly he’ll address federal marijuana […]

The 2nd Annual Hawaii Cannabis Expo Is February 10-12

The second annual Hawaii Cannabis Expo will begin on February 10 at 5 p.m. The first day’s events will close at 8 p.m. The event lasts through February 12. Attendees will obtain information about the medical marijuana program and on obtaining certifications. The expo is designed to educate the public regarding medical marijuana in Hawaii, […]

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. […]

10 Cannabis Instagram Accounts to Follow in 2017

If you’ve noticed a drop in the amount of cannabis-related content on your Instagram feed, it’s probably not just your imagination. The iconic social media site has recently shut down a number of cannabis based accounts in the past few years – even those produced in countries like Canada, where medical cannabis is federally legal. […]

2 dispensaries are first in Hawaii with approval to grow pot

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) – The Hawaii state Department of Health says it’s giving one Oahu and one Maui dispensary approval to acquire and grow marijuana for medical purposes. Maui Grown Therapies and Aloha Green Holdings won permissions on Wednesday. They are the first of the state’s eight licensed dispensaries to receive state approval for cultivation. The […]

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 […]

Hawaii Gives Green Light to Medical Marijuana Cultivators

Hawaii gave the go-ahead to growers to begin their cultivation processes when the new tracking system, BioTrackTHC, goes live on February 1st. So, dispensaries that have met the state’s compliance guidelines can begin growing marijuana on the 1st. There is no set date for products to be available for purchase at dispensaries yet, according to […]

Senate Committee to Vote on Sessions Nomination Tomorrow

After a hectic first week of Donald Trump’s presidency, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a motion to forward the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general on to the full Senate. Just a week ago, most Washington observers considered Sessions a shoo-in for confirmation. But after a spate […]

Vote Hemp: 2016 States Report Documenting Legislative Progress

WASHINGTON, DC – Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading grassroots hemp advocacy organization working to change state and federal laws to allow commercial hemp farming, has released its 2016 States Report. The report documents state-by-state progress of hemp legislation passed in 2016, reported acreage of hemp grown, identifies states with active hemp pilot farming programs and […]

Pot Decriminalization Has A Shot This Session, But Ige Wants To Wait

Advocates for decriminalizing marijuana and drug paraphernalia think this may be the year the Hawaii Legislature takes action. But Gov. David Ige doesn’t want to pass new laws regarding marijuana until the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries get up and running. It’s been 17 years since Hawaii started allowing medical marijuana patients to grow their own […]

Weekly Legislative Roundup, 1/28/2017

by Justin Strekal, NORML Political DirectorJanuary 28, 2017 Welcome to this week’s edition of the legislative roundup. With prohibitionists fighting nationwide, from Massachusetts to deny the will of the voters with the implementation of legalization to Hawaii where the state is seeking to impose increased monitoring of drivers who may be under the influence of marijuana, […]

New Strain Alert: Peyote Cookies, Chocolate Drop, Pineapple Cookies, and More

This week we have two special cookies cuts from Calyx Gardens and Barney’s Farm, a tropical variety of cotton candy in cannabis form, an Afghan Kush cross with sedation to spare, a Muhammad Ali homage that’s punchy with CBD-rich cannabinoids, and a dank dog out of the San Fernando Valley. If you’ve had the pleasure […]

#Simon2zion: Jammin’ with Willie Nelson on Maui

I woke up with Willie Nelson today! Still dark, I wake up groggy and slightly hung over from my half a gram joint the night before. Feeling slightly nauseated I go into the kitchen to make my coffee and load my pipe with Willie Nelson reserve. As I sit on my lanai watching the sun rise over Haleakalā, I […]

Hawaii Gives Medical Dispensaries the Green Light to Grow

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has announced it will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to begin growing cannabis as early as Feb. 1, which comes after several months of delays. One of the holdups has been the state not having a federally required software system to track the product from seed to sale. But the Hawaii Department of […]

Hawaii gives medical marijuana dispensaries green light to grow

HONOLULU — Hawaii has announced it will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to begin growing pot as early as Feb. 1, which comes after several months of delays. One of the holdups has been the state not having a federally required software system to track the product from seed to sale. But the Hawaii Department of […]