Hawaii Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Canadian premiers mull recreational marijuana delay, Uruguay begins adult-use sales & Hawaii’s MMJ still on hold

Matt Lamers  | July 21, 2017

By Matt Lamers, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Canada’s provinces consider delaying the launch of the nation’s recreational marijuana industry, adult-use cannabis goes on sale in Uruguay, and Hawaii’s health department stalls the country’s medical MJ market.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Health department delaying Hawaii’s medical cannabis market

Bart Schaneman  | July 18, 2017

Most of Hawaii’s medical marijuana dispensaries are ready to do business, but they’re awaiting action by the state’s Department of Health.

A year after Hawaii’s licensed dispensaries were allowed to open by law, at least three of the eight have product ready for market and six have been approved to cultivate marijuana, …

Workers’ comp insurer drops Hawaiian medical cannabis firms

Kevin Huhn  | June 29, 2017

Hawaii’s largest workers’ compensation insurer is canceling insurance policies for seven medical marijuana dispensaries preparing to open this summer.

Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co. (HEMIC) – citing concerns over criminal liability since cannabis is illegal at the federal level – notified the dispensaries Wednesday their policies will be canceled in 30 days and premiums refunded, …

Hawaii medical cannabis program lagging despite patient surge

Omar Sacirbey  | April 13, 2017

Hawaii’s medical marijuana patient counts are increasing rapidly, but the sheer numbers, problems with seed-to-sale tracking software and a dearth of licensed testing labs are undermining the program’s rollout and costing at least one MMJ business money.

Though regulators say they are receiving about 100 applications per day, the state’s MMJ businesses …

Chart: More medical cannabis patients and fewer caregivers in Hawaii

Eli McVey  | April 3, 2017

By Eli McVey

Hawaii’s medical marijuana businesses have good reason to be bullish with the approaching launch of the state’s MMJ industry: Patient counts are rising, while the number of registered caregivers growing medical cannabis for people is dwindling.

Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

Hawaii’s MMJ businesses get green light to start growing Feb. 1

Bart Schaneman  | January 26, 2017

The Hawaii Department of Health’s seed-to-sale tracking software is ready to go online Feb. 1, which means licensed medical marijuana dispensaries finally can begin growing MMJ that day.

The state’s medical marijuana program has been delayed while the DOH attempted to link its tracking system with the software used by the eight companies approved to …

States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 2017?

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2017

By John Schroyer

After a landmark year in cannabis legalization, marijuana advocates have plenty of work left. And they’re not resting on their laurels.

The Marijuana Policy Project calculates a whopping 37 legalization bills for medical or recreational marijuana are likely to be introduced in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.