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Mon
28
Sep

Attorneys In Hawaii Cannot Be Hired To Help Start Medical Marijuana Businesses

Anyone who has ever started a medical marijuana business knows that there’s a lot to it. It’s much more than simply paying for a business license, renting a place, and opening for business. There are more things involved with starting a medical marijuana business than most other businesses. What are the local regulations, if any? What are the state regulations? What changes to those regulations are likely to occur in the future? What things need to happen to be in compliance with those regulations (potentially for the time being!). Did I mention the usual legal issues that go into a business, such as intellectual property rights, operating agreements, etc.?

Wed
19
Aug

In the shadow of hazy marijuana laws, Hawaiian patients rely on a network of hush-hush growers

 

HONOLULU — Twenty minutes from the turquoise waves of White Plains Beach, Teri Heede’s garden stretches out from her Kapolei home where three marijuana plants are firmly potted in the backyard and a steep drop gives way to a view of deep blue water and mountains touching clouds. One of Hawaii’s many medical marijuana patients, Heede’s plants didn’t always produce enough for her medicinal needs, so she bought pot illegally from a dealer behind the local McDonald’s.

 

Mon
10
Aug

Pakalolo and Profits: Hawaii's Emerging Medical Marijuana Industry

Michael Irish is a longtime Oahu businessman best known as CEO of Diamond Head Seafood Wholesale and Keoki’s Lau Lau.

But next year, he may be involved in a different industry — growing marijuana and selling it at Hawaii’s newly legalized medical cannabis dispensaries.

Three weeks ago, the owner of nine kim chi and four sauce companies registered a new limited liability company, Hawaiian Isles Marijuana, with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Wed
05
Aug

Hawaii medical marijuana dispensary licenses likely to be awarded on point scale

The process to determine Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensary license holders will likely be based on a point scale, state officials said Wednesday.

But just how transparent the application process will be has yet to be determined.

Medical marijuana has been legal in the Islands for 15 years, but this year’s Act 241 sets up guidelines for the first retail system of up to 16 dispensaries statewide.

 

Sat
01
Aug

Hawaii lawmakers tour Green Mile marijuana shops

VAIL — Hawaii — where you can drop seeds on the sidewalk and they’ll grow legalized retail marijuana.

Rep. Della Au Belatti’s (D-Hawaii) bill passed in waning moments of this year’s Hawaii state Legislature allows eight retail marijuana shops in the entire state.

A dozen or so Hawaiian lawmakers were among 350 state legislators in Vail this week for the Council of State Governments West annual convention.

Along with everything else, they managed to squeeze in a field trip to Eagle County’s Green Mile, touring pot shops in Eagle-Vail.

Hawaii is starting small and they’ll see what happens.

“I admire the way Hawaii is baby-stepping into this,” said Bryan Treu, Eagle County attorney.

Thu
30
Jul

Hawaii: Improved access to medical marijuana

Hawaiian patients will now have easier access to medical marijuana thanks to a new law Gov. David Ige signed.  

Act 241, formerly House Bill 321 Relating to Medical Marijuana until its July 15 signing, prohibits zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers and allows qualifying patients, caregivers and employees to transport medical marijuana in any public place. The bill also authorizes background checks for caregivers and patients. 

Sun
26
Jul

Aloha Reform: Hawaii’s Medical Program Moves Forward

The island state of Hawaii, also known as the Paradise State, just got one step closer to that goal this month. On July 15, 2015, Gov. David Ige signed HB 321, a bill authorizing the use of medical marijuana, into state law.

Sat
25
Jul

Meet Kava Tea, a Prescription-Free Alternative to Xanax

What is kava tea and should it be legal? The potion has caused at least one DUI.

 

For centuries, Pacific Islanders have been drinking kava, a physioactive "tea" of sorts made from the root of a plant in the pepper family. A variety of kava species grow across the islands, some more potent than others. But their basic effect, when ground and mixed with water, is the same: to relax you.

Sat
25
Jul

Industrial hemp project yields incredible crop

WAIMANALO, OAHU -

"It's crazy.  It's crazy fast".  That's how Dr. Harry Ako, the lead researcher on UH Manoa’s industrial hemp project, describes how well one of the varieties has taken to the local environment.

Sun
19
Jul

Hawaii: Business vendors hope to thrive with medical marijuana dispensaries

Just days after Governor Ige signed a bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii, dozens of businesses are setting up shop at the Hawaii Cannabis Expo in the Hawaii Convention Center.

The three-day event got underway Friday night with a panel discussion involving state lawmakers, attorneys and even pot growers, among others.

With more than a thousand medical marijuana registration cars already being issued each month in Hawaii, an entirely new and large wave of business opportunities is also coming up.

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