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Anita Hofschneider

Report Slams Hawaii’s Land Use for ‘System-Wide Weaknesses’ Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Report Slams Hawaii’s Land Use for ‘System-Wide Weaknesses’

The public has until May 31 to comment on the state Office of Planning's new analysis.
Ige Was a Hands-On Guy With the Legislature — For Better or Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Was a Hands-On Guy With the Legislature — For Better or Worse

Hawaii's new governor popped up at interesting moments during the legislative session, sometimes as an effective dealmaker and negotiator. Other times, not so much.
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Passes Hawaii Legislature Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Passes Hawaii Legislature

The measure would allow 16 dispensaries to open statewide next summer. Its passage comes 15 years after medical marijuana was legalized in the state, but with no legal means of buying it.
Make Way for Hoopili: City Council Approves Rezoning Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Make Way for Hoopili: City Council Approves Rezoning

The hotly debated project would provide 11,750 homes in Honolulu at the cost of 1,289 acres of farmland.
Hawaii Legislature Passes $26B Budget, 100% Renewable Energy Goal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Passes $26B Budget, 100% Renewable Energy Goal

Other measures criminalize sex trafficking and ban some forms of discrimination against medical marijuana patients.
Honolulu Rail Tax Extension Clears the Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Tax Extension Clears the Legislature

A plan to address a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the state's biggest public works project goes next to the desk of Gov. David Ige.
Marijuana Dispensary Bill: Big Increase in Patients Expected Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Marijuana Dispensary Bill: Big Increase in Patients Expected

There could be as many as 16 retail dispensaries in Hawaii by next summer, including six on Oahu, if the measure becomes law.
Bill to Establish Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Passes Committee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill to Establish Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Passes Committee

UPDATE: After negotiators failed to strike a deal Friday night, legislative leaders removed Senate Committee Chairman Josh Green and pushed the deadline to Monday.
Hawaii Legislature Resurrects Bill to Establish Marijuana Dispensaries Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Resurrects Bill to Establish Marijuana Dispensaries

UPDATED: A panel will reconvene Monday to consider the bill after Senate leadership kicked Sen. Josh Green off the conference committee.