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Ige Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Hawaii

Issuing a press release instead of holding a bill-signing ceremony, the governor quietly approves the establishment of a dispensary system.
Congressional Panel Passes Bill to Prevent Mandatory GMO Food Labeling Alexis Baden-Mayer/Flickr

Congressional Panel Passes Bill to Prevent Mandatory GMO Food Labeling

It's a victory for the agricultural and grocery industries but a disappointment to consumer groups.
DHHL Receives $8.7 Million Federal Grant for Affordable Housing Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

DHHL Receives $8.7 Million Federal Grant for Affordable Housing

The Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant will help the agency build and renovate affordable homes and subsidize housing.
Councilman Martin Resurrects Proposal That Allows Homes in Malaekahana Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilman Martin Resurrects Proposal That Allows Homes in Malaekahana

UPDATED: The City Council chair has issued a statement saying the move is procedural and that ultimately Malaekahana will not be in the urban area, but supporters of more housing are still encouraged.
Lawmakers to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Proposed Maunalua Bay Rules Patti Epler/Civil Beat

Lawmakers to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Proposed Maunalua Bay Rules

Hawaii Rep. Gene Ward promises "there will be strict ground rules enforced to make sure this is a time of reasoning together and does not become a shouting match."
University of Hawaii Reopens Road to Mauna Kea Summit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

University of Hawaii Reopens Road to Mauna Kea Summit

But access is still restricted due to new emergency rules approved by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources.
Why Are 175 Public Housing Units Sitting Vacant While Honolulu Struggles to Find Housing for the Homeless? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are 175 Public Housing Units Sitting Vacant While Honolulu Struggles to Find Housing for the Homeless?

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority was severely shortchanged by the governor and the Legislature for money to repair vacant units. Unions also blocked continuation of a civil service exemption for maintenance crews, a program that was helping reduce the backlog.
Former Outdoor Circle Exec Marti Townsend to Lead Hawaii Sierra Club Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Outdoor Circle Exec Marti Townsend to Lead Hawaii Sierra Club

Townsend previously served as executive director of the Outdoor Circle and interim executive director for KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance