Hawaii

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.

Wed
06
Mar

Hawaii unveils out-of-state medical cannabis program

Medical cannabis patients visiting the Aloha State will be able to purchase their medicine during their stay after Hawaii officials unveiled their out-of-state medical program on Tuesday.

Hawaii has one of the fastest growing medical programs with $12.6 million in sales last year and more than 1,500 pounds of medical cannabis sold in the state. Officials have said that shortages have so far not been an issue and it’s unlikely that they’ll see a shortage issue anytime soon. As such, the state officially opened their medical cannabis registration program to patients from outside of the state.

Mon
04
Mar

Hawaii decides again not to legalize marijuana

On the political spectrum, Hawaii is among the bluest of states. Democrats control all the levers of power at the state and federal levels, and voters back Democratic presidential candidates over Republicans by some of the widest margins in the U.S.

The state has committed to the Paris climate agreement that President Donald Trump rejected and was the first state to require people to be 21 to buy cigarettes. The tourist haven even banned certain types of sunscreen because they can harm coral reefs.

Fri
28
Dec

Aloha Green Apothecary is growing stunning legal medical bud in Hawaii

At the center of the Pacific Ocean, America’s 50th state has finally begun producing medicinal pot in this Polynesian archipelago. Take a trip inside Aloha Green Apothecary, the first state-licensed facility cultivating and selling medical marijuana for the patients of Hawaii.

Fri
30
Nov

Marijuana might reverse heart failure, University of Hawaii study finds

University of Hawaii researchers have discovered that the use of marijuana may reverse heart failure.

A recent study shows that drugs can protect and reverse damage to the heart from the stress that progresses the disease. Heart failure can be caused by heart attacks, leaky valves, hypertension and other illnesses.

Alexander Stokes, assistant professor in cell and molecular biology at the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, said the potential medical benefits of cannabis to treat heart disease are promising.

“Anecdotally, people who have heart attacks recover more quickly if they’re marijuana users,” he said. “On the flip side, they have more severe heart attacks to start with.”

Fri
24
Aug

Hawaii will allow out-of-state visitors to buy medical marijuana by next year

Out-of-state cardholders will have to have one of Hawaii’s qualifying conditions and pay a small fee for temporary dispensary access.

Medical cannabis patients who travel often face restrictions that prevent them from bringing their medicine with them. Transporting cannabis across state lines, for example, even for a medical cardholder, is a federal crime.

At the same time, Hawaii continues to set tourism records, year after year. In 2016, a total of 8,934,277 visitors came to the state, with U.S. tourists making up around 60 percent. With 2,500 miles between the Hawaii and the nearest U.S. state with legal medical cannabis, that means a lot of tourist-patients with no access to medical cannabis.

Wed
15
Aug

First Hawaii Island medical cannabis licensee given the go ahead

The first medical cannabis production center on Hawai‘i Island has been issued a Notice to Proceed.

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health says licensee Hawaiian Ethos, LLC may now acquire and cultivate cannabis, after passing state inspections. The company, the seventh dispensary licensee in the entire state to complete and operate a medical cannabis production center in the state, “met all requirements to begin growing cannabis and to manufacture cannabis products for medicinal purposes at their approved facility,” health officials say.

Mon
02
Apr

This state could allow non-residents access to medical marijuana

This state could allow non-residents access to medical marijuana, which would put a lot of people at ease.

If the Hawaii House of Representatives passes this bill, this state could allow non-residents access to medical marijuana.

After the first dispensary opened last August, the state is looking to give out-of-state resident access to cannabis throughout the islands.

What Will This Bill Allow?

Thu
14
Dec

Hawaii sees legalizing adult use Marijuana as huge boom to island economy

Liberal voters and cannabis advocates can be loud and proud in Hawaii. Even conservatives in the Aloha State don't match the profile of mainland conservatives. Many are pro-gay rights, believe in climate change and even support cannabis legalization.

Perhaps that's in-part what made the island of Kauai a perfect host to the recent International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) December 1-3, 2017. Hawaii is just one stop of the ICBC conference series that takes place around the world in emerging cannabis markets like Berlin and Vancouver.

Cannabis, culture and complications.

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