New Bill Builds Bipartisan Momentum Behind Federal Marijuana Reform

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), along with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), introduced bipartisan legislation to evaluate states’ marijuana policies. The Marijuana Data Collection Act directs the National Academy of Sciences to create a federally recognized report on state-level marijuana legalization policies, including both medical and non-medical use, and their Read the full article…

Steep Hill Hawaii Announces ISO Certification For First Licensed Cannabis Testing Lab In Hawaii

Steep Hill Hawaii ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certified for chemical and biological testing

HAWAII: Dana Ciccone, CEO of Steep Hill Hawaii, the first state-licensed cannabis testing lab in Hawaii, announced it received ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certification by Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation Inc., an international accrediting agency recognized by governments and industry participants around the world as the standard of excellence for the operation of a quality laboratory management system. Ciccone said in Read the full article…

Hawaii Selects BioTrackTHC For State’s Medical Marijuana Program

BioTrackTHC's government software solution will provide the Hawaii Department of Health real-time visibility into the seed-to-sale tracking data of every licensed medical marijuana dispensary in the state, including plant and inventory quantities, production activity, laboratory testing results, transportation activity, and dispensing activity.

HAWAII: The Hawaii Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance has selected BioTrackTHC as the winner apparent for its state contract for tracking the production, transportation and sale of medical marijuana. “The development of a healthy and successful medical cannabis program is a top priority for Hawaii, and we are extremely proud to have been Read the full article…

Ige Signs Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Into Law

Gov. David Ige has approved a new law that will create up to 16 dispensaries to distribute medical marijuana to Hawaii patients.

HAWAII: Gov. David Ige has approved a new law that will create up to 16 dispensaries to distribute medical marijuana to Hawaii patients. In a statement released Wednesday, Ige also announced that four other bills will become law without his signature. “I support the establishment of dispensaries to ensure that qualified patients can legally and safely Read the full article…

Marijuana Dispensaries Could Bring Huge Benefits To State

Medical marijuana advocates say dispensaries in Hawaii could contribute 800 jobs and $65 million a year in sales.

HAWAII:  Medical marijuana advocates say dispensaries in Hawaii could contribute 800 jobs and $65 million a year in sales. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1IXwkMK ) House Bill 321 calls for 16 dispensaries to open in Hawaii starting July 2016. The legislation is currently awaiting Gov. David Ige’s approval. About 13,000 state residents are registered to Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Passes Hawaii Legislature

Members of the Hawaii Legislature approved a bill Thursday that would establish a system of medical marijuana dispensaries statewide by next summer.

HAWAII:  Members of the Hawaii Legislature approved a bill Thursday that would establish a system of medical marijuana dispensaries statewide by next summer. Hawaii legalized medical marijuana 15 years ago, but has never provided a way to buy it legally. Patients must grow their own or have a caretaker grow it for them. House Bill Read the full article…

Taxes For Medical Marijuana Sales Magically Appear In House Bill 321

Whether you like marijuana or hate it, the premise behind House Bill 321 is that there are sick people who need it as medicine.

HAWAII:  As you might be aware, in 2000 Hawaii enacted a medical use of marijuana law (Act 228, Session Laws of Hawaii 2000). The problem, of course, has been how to get this medical marijuana to those who need it without violating other laws. So this year our Legislature is working on House Bill 321, Read the full article…

Tom Yamachika: No Compassion In Overtaxing Medical Marijuana

Senate amendments to House medical marijuana legislation would tax the drug at a 25 percent rate.

HAWAII:  As you might be aware, in 2000 Hawaii enacted a medical use of marijuana law (Act 228, Session Laws of Hawaii 2000). The problem, of course, has been how to get this medical marijuana to those who need it without violating other laws. This year our Legislature is working on House Bill 321, which Read the full article…

Marijuana Registries Go Digital in Maine, Hawaii

The development of an interdepartmental system for checking medical marijuana status has also saved time and strife for law enforcement and physicians.

MAINE:  Filing cabinets, gray cubicles and three-ring binders of department policy conjure an image of state government that disguises a more pregnant message. A reflection of the times can be found in heaps of bureaucratic paperwork, and in 2015, there is a clear image of an American population that enjoys getting high on marijuana. Twenty-three Read the full article…

Civil Cafe: Marijuana Debate Heats Up in Hawaii

29 marijuana-related bills are currently being considered by the Legislature in Hawaii.

HAWAII:  What’s next for marijuana in Hawaii? Medical marijuana dispensaries? Decriminalization? Outright legalization? All three possibilities are currently being considered by the Legislature, where 29 marijuana-related bills are in the works. Marijuana was the subject Thursday night at a Civil Cafe featuring a panel that included state Sen. Will Espero, Alan Shinn of Drug Free Hawaii, Wendy Read the full article…