Hawaii

Tue
05
Nov

USDA rule won’t yet impact Hawai‘i hemp production

Fibers from a stalk of hemp. Public domain image.

The newly developed US Domestic Hemp Production Program will effect now immediate changes on hemp being grown in Hawai‘i.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently established the program through an Interim Final Rule in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill. The Interim Final Rule will not immediately impact industrial hemp that was or is being cultivated under the 2014 Farm Bill programs, including Hawai‘i’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, according to a Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture press release.

Tue
27
Aug

Hawaii hemp growers are having to destroy their plants because of high THC levels

Fri
16
Aug

Hawaii will decriminalize cannabis possession by January 2020

After significant controversy and a failed bid to legalize recreational cannabis, Hawaii will be decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the drug. But it’s by no means a tropical free-for-all.

Tue
16
Jul

Hemp holdup in Hawaii

The brakes have been put on expansion of Hawai’i’s hemp industry (for now), with Governor David Ige officially vetoing SB1353 last week.

Hawaii already has a hemp pilot program, but the new legislation sought a more permanent and permissive arrangement.

Wed
10
Jul

Hawaii has decriminalized marijuana

Hawaii on Tuesday decriminalized marijuana, making it the 26th state to decriminalize or legalize the drug.

The new law removes the possibility of jail time as a penalty for up to three grams of marijuana, but maintains a $130 fine. Hawaii’s Democrat-controlled legislature approved the bill and sent it to Democratic Gov. David Ige in May. Ige didn’t sign it, but he also didn’t veto it, effectively letting it become law on Tuesday. The new law will take effect on January 11, 2020.

Thu
27
Jun

Hawaii: Governor to Let Marijuana Decriminalization Become Law

Democratic Gov. David Ige publicly stated this week that he does not intend to veto pending legislation to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession offenses. The Governor has until July 9th to take action on the measure, or it will become law absent his signature.

Fri
10
May

Full Bloom harvest for Arcadia Biosciences’ Hawaiian hemp facility

Just two months after announcing the launch of Arcadia Specialty Genomics™, a new cannabis-dedicated division of agricultural crop improvement, the company has released images of its first crop of sun-grown, Hawaiian hemp. Arcadia’s new cannabis unit, cultivates six Hawaiian hemp strains on its 10-acre Hawaiian facility.

In March, the company revealed it had been granted an Industrial Hemp Pilot Program (“HIHPP”) License by Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture. The license allows for the cultivation of industrial hemp for the purposes of agricultural and academic research. Hemp and hemp products produced under the program may be commercially sold.

Thu
02
May

Hawaii House, Senate approve Bill to decriminalize small quantities of marijuana

Hawaii is on the verge of implementing a far-reaching decriminalization bill. If the bill is signed into law it would replace criminal charges for marijuana possession with a simple fine.

Hawaii’s House Bill 1383

The bill currently working its way through the legislative process is House Bill 1383. Simply put, this bill aims to decriminalize the possession of cannabis throughout the state.

Under the terms of the bill, it would no longer be a criminal offense to possess three grams or less of marijuana. Instead, people busted with weed would only be fined $130.

Wed
10
Apr

Medical marijuana industry hopes an inside look will blow away misconceptions

For the first time in the state’s medical cannabis program, select members of the media were allowed inside a marijuana growing facility.

Noa Botanicals, one of Hawaii’s eight licensees, hopes an inside look at its operations will educate the public about pakalolo.

"There's still a lot of misunderstanding, there's still a lot of stigmatization around this plant," said Brian Goldstein, CEO of Noa Botanicals. "And it's just a plant."

Noa's $5 million, 15,000-square-foot facility in Kunia can produce several thousand pounds of medical cannabis every year.

Mon
11
Mar

Here's how tourists can get legal medical marijuana in Hawaii

Taking a winter getaway to the Aloha State just got a whole lot easier for medical marijuana patients, writes Calvin Hughes.

Earlier this week the Hawaii Department of Health announced that out-of-state medical marijuana patients will now be able to legally purchase cannabis during their visit. But first, they have to register for a temporary medical marijuana license before they can make any purchases from local dispensaries.

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