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Civil Cafe: Marijuana Debate Heats Up in Hawaii Gene Park/Civil Beat

Civil Cafe: Marijuana Debate Heats Up in Hawaii

As legislators consider bills ranging from establishment of medical dispensaries to outright legalization, panel members weigh in on all sides.
Lawmakers Look to Preserve Subsidies for Preschoolers PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Look to Preserve Subsidies for Preschoolers

Funding to continue the Preschool Open Doors Program passes out of two Senate committees.
Farm to School Bills Aim to Teach Students to Produce Own Food Flickr.com: Brock Rosberry

Farm to School Bills Aim to Teach Students to Produce Own Food

Similar proposals in the state Senate and House take steps forward Wednesday.
Marijuana Dispensary Bill Moves on to Finance Committee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Marijuana Dispensary Bill Moves on to Finance Committee

UPDATE: Fifteen years after Hawaii legalized medical cannabis, lawmakers may allow patients legal access to their prescriptions without having to grow their own.
Influx of Box Jellyfish Closes Hanauma Bay on Friday PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Influx of Box Jellyfish Closes Hanauma Bay on Friday

City to re-evaluate conditions before deciding whether to reopen the popular snorkeling spot Saturday.
Statewide Preschool Bill Passes Senate Education Committee PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Statewide Preschool Bill Passes Senate Education Committee

Proposal would establish a public preschool program giving priority to low-income children. The estimated price tag is $33 million.
Committee OKs Free Early-College Tuition for Eligible High-Schoolers PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Committee OKs Free Early-College Tuition for Eligible High-Schoolers

Hawaii high school students who qualify academically could get tuition-free dual credit at community colleges if Senate Bill 374 becomes law.
Deadline for Neighborhood Board Candidate Registration is Next Friday Civil Beat

Deadline for Neighborhood Board Candidate Registration is Next Friday

More than 400 seats on Oahu's 33 Neighborhood Boards are up for grabs this year.
House Committee OKs One Medi-Pot Bill, Dispensaries Still Up in Air Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

House Committee OKs One Medi-Pot Bill, Dispensaries Still Up in Air

The bill would allow eligible patients to help each other out by transferring medical marijuana plants.
Looking at Census, Hawaii May Not Be as ‘Local’ as You Think Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Looking at Census, Hawaii May Not Be as ‘Local’ as You Think

Some states have far higher percentages of local-born residents, but that doesn't silence the talk about what it means to be 'local' in the islands.
Medical Marijuana Access Takes Center Stage at House Hearing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medical Marijuana Access Takes Center Stage at House Hearing

UPDATED Bill to establish Hawaii dispensaries supported by most who testify, but law enforcement continues to oppose the entire concept of medi-pot, which was legalized in 2000.
Bill to Cut UH Programs Deferred in Face of Opposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill to Cut UH Programs Deferred in Face of Opposition

Dozens of students and faculty members speak against the measure to eliminate smaller degree programs, and hundreds submit written testimony.