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Medical weed collides with workplace drug testing

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Hawaii's medical marijuana law doesn't automatically protect a patient whose results come up positive during random drug testing by their employer.  
"If they have a zero-tolerance policy for drug use they can still fire you," Rep. Karl Rhoads said.

Rhoads chairs the House Judiciary Committee. He said under state law medical marijuana users have no workplace protection, plus the federal government considers cannabis a Schedule 1 narcotic.
"There's going to continue to be tension between states that have at least partially legalized pakalolo and the federal government. And this is an area where it crops up very prominently," he said.


Hawaii to start licensing medical marijuana dispensaries

Fifteen years after Hawaii legalized medical marijuana, the state plans to begin licensing pot dispensaries.

Until now, Hawaii’s 13,000 qualified patients had to grow their own marijuana or buy it on the black market.

Gov. David Ige signed the measure Tuesday, along with an accompanying bill that bans discrimination against medical marijuana patients. Both laws went into effect Wednesday, but it will take months for the state to draft rules to implement the licensing law.

“The bill sets a timeline,” Ige in a statement. “We will make a good-faith effort to create a fair process that will help the people most in need.”


Hawaii's first medical marijuana dispensary system becomes official

A bill to establish Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensary system became offical at midnight Tuesday, without Gov. David Ige’s signature.

The Hawaii state Department of Health has until Jan. 4 to finalize rules and regulations for the new system — a deadline that the governor has called "aggressive."

A highly competitive merit-based application process will commence in January, and only eight applicants will be awarded licenses. Each license holder will be allowed two dispensaries.

While the new law does not specify what the cost of medical marijuana will be in Hawaii, experts predict it to run from $200 to $300 an ounce.


Hawaii's first medical marijuana dispensary system becomes official at midnight

A bill to establish Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensary system will become law at midnight Tuesday, with or without Gov. 


12 States Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana Next

Washington State, Washington, D.C. and Colorado have blazed the trail for ending prohibition.

Through legal means these areas have adopted the recreational use of marijuana, freed the market for patients, opened the flood gates for entrepreneurs, and tax revenue for the states and districts. Based on research we have complied a list of states that will be vying for ending prohibition and legalization. With an election coming in 2016 all of these states on the list are going to have a measure on the ballot regarding marijuana. These are exciting times, friends. If you live in one of these states, be on the look out in November 2016 to vote for the right thing for our country. Enjoy.


1. California


Hawaii: Hundreds attend seminar on opening medical marijuana dispensaries

Medical marijuana is a multibillion dollar industry and hundreds of hungry entrepreneurs are ready to make it a reality in Hawaii.

It’s up to Gov. Ige to sign it into law, but in the meantime, hundreds attended a seminar on Oahu Saturday to learn about the risks and necessary steps needed to open a medical marijuana dispensary.

If medical marijuana becomes legal, Hawaii as a whole will have 16 dispensaries: six on Oahu, four on Maui, four on Hawaii Island and two on Kauai.

To open a dispensary, you must be a legal resident of Hawaii for at least five years, and an applicant must also have at least over $1 million in the bank.


Hawaii Medical marijuana seminar attracts hundreds

It's been 15 years since Hawaii became one of the first states in the country to legalize medical marijuana.

Today, the state is on the edge of another major leap: opening dispensaries.

But this is complicated business.

Those who know the pitfalls were flocking to the islands to share their knowledge.

"There's nothing easy about this," said Michael Visher.

He jumped into the medical marijuana business in Colorado in 2009.

Since then, he's learned a few things:

"So, you could be paying more in taxes than you generate in revenue," he said.

There were lessons learned for Washington and Colorado.


Gonzo-Style Documentary High There Explores Pot Legalization Battle in Hawaii

They say it’s not the destination but the journey there that makes it an adventure. And man was this one a trip.

The journey kicked off three years ago with a filmmaker and his mission — shoot a travel series in Hawaii on the best places to get high. He took along a photographer buddy and they both decided on alter egos, calling themselves Dave High and Roland Jointz. Following numerous strange experiences with the locals, they managed to uncover a secret government plot to control the marijuana trade and keep a local advocate in jail for four years without a trial.


All 50 States Ranked By The Cost Of Weed (Hint: Oregon Wins)

They warned us this would happen. The states where recreational marijuana use is legal are also the states where marijuana is least expensive. The price of an ounce of weed ranges so widely from state to state that someone who smokes an ounce a month can move from Pittsburgh to Portland, Ore., and save enough money for a year’s worth of premium cable, the perfect companion for your habit.



Hawaii Medical marijuana dispensary law will face challenges

If a bill that sets up a medical marijuana dispensary system in Hawaii becomes law, the state’s Department of Health will have about a year to come up with administrative rules. Currently, the bill sits on Gov. David Ige’s desk after being passed by members of the state House and Senate earlier this week.

Under the proposed law, eight medical marijuana dispensary licenses will be issued; three on Oahu, two each on the Big Island and Maui County, and one on Kauai. Under the proposed program, each licensee can have two retail locations, for a total of 16 statewide.


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