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Hawaii Medical Marijuana

Big Island, Kauai Medical Pot Shops Still Waiting Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island, Kauai Medical Pot Shops Still Waiting

A Kauai dispensary plans to open soon, but Big Island dispensaries have yet to start growing their first crop.

Hawaii Lawmakers May Expand Definition Of Drugged Driving Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers May Expand Definition Of Drugged Driving

A measure to ensure that driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal also addresses other substances.

Edibles Could Be Coming Soon To Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Flickr: Larry

Edibles Could Be Coming Soon To Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Key Hawaii legislators in both chambers also support workplace protections for employees who consume medical cannabis.

Hawaii’s Medical Pot Program Struggling To Get Its Act Together Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Medical Pot Program Struggling To Get Its Act Together

The licensing and inspection programs remain very short-staffed, but pot shop owners are pleased by the state’s recruitment efforts.

Medical Pot: Taking Your Medicine Can Get You Fired Flickr.com

Medical Pot: Taking Your Medicine Can Get You Fired

Cannabis advocates may try to strengthen patient protections in workplaces and public housing during the next legislative session.

Honolulu Police Tell Medical Marijuana Patients To Give Up Their Guns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Tell Medical Marijuana Patients To Give Up Their Guns

Some say the department’s policy of sending letters to patients is an escalation of efforts to deny gun permits.

Hundreds Wanted A Piece Of The Action In Hawaii Pot Dispensaries PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hundreds Wanted A Piece Of The Action In Hawaii Pot Dispensaries

Almost 500 people connected with more than 50 entities sought approval to run dispensaries, including lawyers, lobbyists and politicians.

Pot Dispensary Scores Released Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Pot Dispensary Scores Released

The Hawaii Health Department has released the point totals awarded to applicants for medical marijuana licenses.
Woody Harrelson Wants To Grow Weed In Hawaii Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Woody Harrelson Wants To Grow Weed In Hawaii

Fifty-nine companies applied for eight licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana in Hawaii.
Hawaii Medical Marijuana Growers Could Save Millions By Using Greenhouses iStock.com

Hawaii Medical Marijuana Growers Could Save Millions By Using Greenhouses

If upcoming rules preclude greenhouses, entrepreneurs would be forced to use vast amounts of electricity.
Meet The New Head of Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Meet The New Head of Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program

Margaret "Peggy" Leong, an attorney and former parish administrator, is leading the state's new medical cannabis dispensary program.
Medi-Pot For Anxiety, Insomnia? Hawaii Lawmakers Looking At More Changes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medi-Pot For Anxiety, Insomnia? Hawaii Lawmakers Looking At More Changes

It took 15 years to evolve from legalizing medical marijuana to allowing dispensaries, but additional changes could come much quicker.

May 2018

Friday, May 11

Big Island, Kauai Medical Pot Shops Still Waiting

April 2018

Tuesday, April 17

Hawaii Lawmakers May Expand Definition Of Drugged Driving

Tuesday, April 10

Edibles Could Be Coming Soon To Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

March 2018

Tuesday, March 27

Hawaii’s Medical Pot Program Struggling To Get Its Act Together

December 2017

Monday, December 11

Medical Pot: Taking Your Medicine Can Get You Fired

November 2017

Tuesday, November 28

Honolulu Police Tell Medical Marijuana Patients To Give Up Their Guns

October 2016

Monday, October 17

Hundreds Wanted A Piece Of The Action In Hawaii Pot Dispensaries

June 2016

Friday, June 24

Pot Dispensary Scores Released

February 2016

Friday, February 5

Woody Harrelson Wants To Grow Weed In Hawaii

December 2015

Monday, December 14

Hawaii Medical Marijuana Growers Could Save Millions By Using Greenhouses

Friday, December 11

Meet The New Head of Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program

October 2015

Thursday, October 29

Medi-Pot For Anxiety, Insomnia? Hawaii Lawmakers Looking At More Changes

Friday, October 23

Most Marijuana Patients Older Than 56

Public Won’t See Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Until January

Tuesday, October 20

Hawaii Attorneys Allowed to Help Medical Marijuana Industry

Pod Squad: The Legal Issues of Hawaii’s Medi-Pot Industry

September 2015

Friday, September 25

Hawaii Supreme Court Seeks Input on Whether to Change Medi-Pot Rules

Thursday, September 24

Carlisle, Louie Join Call for Court to Allow Attorneys to Serve Medi-Pot Firms

Tuesday, September 22

Hawaii Lawyers Warned Not to Help Medical Marijuana Businesses

August 2015

Monday, August 17

Pod Squad: Talking Medi-Pot With a Potential Dispensary Operator

Friday, August 14

Medical Marijuana: Department of Health Takes Center Stage

Monday, August 10

Pakalolo and Profits: Hawaii’s Emerging Medical Marijuana Industry

July 2015

Wednesday, July 15

Ige Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Hawaii

May 2015

Thursday, May 7

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Passes Hawaii Legislature

Monday, May 4

Marijuana Dispensary Bill: Big Increase in Patients Expected

Bill to Establish Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Passes Committee

Saturday, May 2

Hawaii Legislature Resurrects Bill to Establish Marijuana Dispensaries

Friday, May 1

Lawmakers Work Overtime on Medi-Pot Dispensaries

April 2015

Thursday, April 30

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: ‘Time Is Running Out’

Monday, April 20

24 Maps and Charts That Explain Marijuana on 4/20

Civil Beat Poll: Strong Support for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

March 2015

Wednesday, March 25

Hawaii Could Have Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Next Year

Tuesday, March 3

Medi-Pot Dispensary Bill Moves on to Full House

February 2015

Thursday, February 26

Another Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Clears a Senate Committee

Friday, February 20

Civil Cafe: Marijuana Debate Heats Up in Hawaii

Tuesday, February 17

Marijuana Dispensary Bill Moves on to Finance Committee

Wednesday, February 11

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

Saturday, February 7

Medical Marijuana Access Takes Center Stage at House Hearing

January 2015

Friday, January 23

Nearly Half of Hawaii House Backs Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

November 2014

Wednesday, November 19

Pot Luck: Mapping America’s Marijuana Muddle

September 2014

Thursday, September 11

After Serving Most of Prison Term, ‘Minister of Cannabis’ Halfway Home

Tuesday, September 9

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: ‘No One Model’ for Hawaii

Why Has It Taken Hawaii 14 Years to Get Around to Medical Pot Dispensaries?

Sunday, September 7

Medical Marijuana Program Marked By ‘Glaring Uncertainties’

July 2014

Tuesday, July 15

Where Can You Get Pakalolo and Medical Marijuana in the US?

February 2014

Wednesday, February 26

Civil Beat Poll — Voters Want Higher Minimum Wage, Reject Legal Pot

Thursday, February 13

Smoke Signal? Hawaii Senate Panel Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

January 2014

Monday, January 27

How to Get High in Hawaii Without Breaking the Law

Thursday, January 16

Hawaii House Speaker: It’s High Time We Allow Marijuana Dispensaries

May 2013

Thursday, May 2

Medical Pot: Lawmakers Decide It’s No Longer A Public Safety Issue

January 2013

Friday, January 25

HPD: Research Links Marijuana to Violent Behavior

Friday, January 11

High Time for Hawaii to Legalize the Shaka Bud?

December 2012

Thursday, December 13

Legalize It? Legislature Might Amend Hawaii Pakalolo Laws

April 2011

Saturday, April 30

Pot Bills Go Up in Smoke

March 2011

Thursday, March 10

Bill Watch: Marijuana on a Roll at Hawaii Legislature

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