Hawaii: Hemp production bill advances, but fate uncertain

A bill that would fully legalize hemp production throughout Hawaii is only a few steps away from becoming law, although many are unhappy with its final form.

A joint meeting of the state Senate Judiciary and Ways and Means committees approved House Bill 1819, which would end the state’s current Industrial Hemp Pilot Program and replace it with a general purpose hemp production program designed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hemp was decriminalized nationwide by the USDA in 2018, but the state has not legalized its production beyond the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, which has awarded licenses to growers throughout the state for the past two years. Of the 59 licenses awarded, 18 have been to growers on the Big Island.


Hawaii Legislature Considers Bill Providing Employment Protections to Medical Cannabis Users

On January 17, 2020, Hawaii Senators Rosalyn Baker (D) and Brian Taniguchi (D) introduced Senate Bill 2543, which proposes to provide employment protections to job applicants and employees who use medical cannabis. If enacted, Hawaii would join the growing number of states to pass similar laws.


Michigan is smoking more marijuana than any other state during coronavirus pandemic, survey says

Quarantine caused by the global outbreak of COVID-19 is forcing people across the world to find ways to entertain themselves.

In Michigan, people are lighting up.

According to a Twitter survey conducted by the health blog bodynutrition.org, Michigan residents are smoking marijuana more than any other state during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Analysts used trends software with direct access to geotagged twitter data to arrive at the conclusion.


Honolulu cannabis manufacturing facility to produce free hand sanitizer

A local medical cannabis dispensary is now helping keep its clients healthy - in a new way. Aloha Green Holdings Inc., which does business as Aloha Green Apoth, says it "will use its cannabis concentrates production lines to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels immediately."


Hawaii: Marijuana legislation rolling along

About one-third of the marijuana-related bills introduced in the state Legislature this year have successfully passed the halfway point before possibly becoming law.

Thursday marked the deadline for all bills to cross over into their nonoriginating chamber — that is, for Senate bills to be heard by the House and vice versa. Now, after 21 marijuana-related bills were introduced this year, nine have passed that milestone.


Hawaii: Senate committee approves edible medical cannabis

A state Senate committee has granted preliminary approval to a bill authorizing the sale of edible medical cannabis products.

Even if the bill passes the Legislature , the products are unlikely to be legally available in the state for many months, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday.

Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee Chairwoman Rosalyn Baker, a Democrat, said the state Department of Health would have to develop rules and regulations before edible cannabis products can be sold.

The health department would set guidelines on dosages, ingredients and packaging.


Hawaii Legislature Seeks Legal Standard For Unregulated CBD Products

Hawaii legislators on the House Agriculture Committee will consider several bills this week that would allow the commercial production of hemp and legalize the sale of hemp-derived products.

The cultivation of hemp was legalized by Congress in 2018, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn’t release federal guidelines until last October.


Why Aren’t More Patients Utilizing Medical Cannabis Reciprocity Programs?

Reciprocity, the legal process allowing a state-issued license to be accepted in other states, is relatively common among medical cannabis states. 

But it seems that not that many people actually use reciprocity, particularly in high bar states like Oklahoma.


Hawaii’s Decriminilazation Of Marijuana Is In Effect

Hawaii is the 26th state to decriminalize marijuana, even if their policy on the drug is one of the most conservative ones in the country.

In 2019, Hawaii became the 26th state in the U.S. to decriminalize marijuana. On January 11th of this year, the law that prevented the incarceration of people over the possession of marijuana went into effect.

Residents of Hawaii with three grams or less of marijuana will now face a $130 fine as their sole punishment. Under this law, possession of larger amounts of the drug, distribution of it and repeat offenses could still lead to more severe punishments.


Hawaii: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses to be Decriminalized Next Week

Legislation takes effect on Saturday, January 11, decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses.


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