Hawaii’s medical marijuana patient rolls continue to grow, rising 17% in 2018, with the vast majority of adults in the program seeking relief from severe pain. More than 20,000 patients 18 and older, or 85%, reported severe pain as a qualifying condition for MMJ treatment. Among those adults, severe pain was followed by persistent muscle […]Read More
Hawaii’s first and biggest cannabis testing lab is sending back a sizable percentage of the medical marijuana it tests for contaminants. Honolulu-based Steep Hill Hawaii is rejecting 20%-30% of the marijuana that comes through its doors, according to Hawaii News Now. Michael Covington, chief operations officer for Steep Hill Hawaii, told the news outlet that 95% […]Read More
Hawaii’s top banking regulator joined the growing chorus of state leaders urging Congress to consider banking solutions for the cannabis industry. Iris Ikeda, commissioner of Hawaii’s Division of Financial Institutions, is among 13 state banking regulators who have sent a letter to congressional leaders seeking legislation that creates a safe harbor for organizations to bank […]Read More
In new cannabis markets where compliance, scarce supply or testing logjams can delay cultivation and retail operations, it’s critical to retain talent during slowdowns and shutdowns.
Delays that bogged down the launch of cannabis sales in Alaska, Hawaii and Pennsylvania don’t have to be detrimental to marijuana businesses, according to industry insidersRead More
The Hawaii Department of Health signaled a green light for a medical cannabis dispensary to start growing on the Big Island. Hawaiian Ethos is the seventh dispensary to open a production center in the state and the first on the Big Island. The Big Island, which has the second-highest patient count behind Oahu, was the […]Read More
It’s been a year since Hawaii’s first legal sale of marijuana and nearly two decades since the state approved it for medical use, but no retail dispensaries have begun selling on the Big Island. Six out of eight dispensaries have opened on all the major islands except Hawaii island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. It’s […]Read More
Changes to Hawaii’s medical marijuana laws will allow dispensaries to sell cannabis to registered MMJ cardholders from any U.S. state, a move that could significantly boost sales given the droves of tourists that visit the state annually. Beginning next year, visitors to the Aloha State registered with the medical cannabis program in their U.S. state […]Read More
Whether you’re operating in a newly medical or recreational marijuana market, illicit cannabis sales are an ever-present threat to the legal industry.
Marijuana entrepreneurs can’t control how the black market operates, but there are ways to encourage customers to instead buy from a licensed, regulated business.
Put simply, it requires going above and beyond what black-market operators can offer by way of service and prodRead More
Hawaii’s medical marijuana patient count continued to climb through 2017, as the program expanded its list of qualifying conditions and allowed dispensaries to finally open their doors. The MMJ patient count jumped 33% in 2017, but that growth was relatively even throughout the year. Month-over-month growth averaged 2%, consistent with data from previous years. The […]Read More
A letter to 10 major Congressional leaders from 19 attorneys general asks Congress to push through legislation that would allow states with medical or recreational marijuana laws to bank as other business do. The group suggests that Congress give special attention to measures such as the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE). Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-Colorado, introduced […]Read More
The marijuana industry is strapping in for a roller-coaster 2018, when challenges and opportunities are unfolding faster than ever, and in more places than ever.
Here’s a look at 11 challenges and opportunities that will demand the attention of marijuana entrepreneurs in 2018:Read More
Hawaii may expand its limited hemp program dramatically in 2018, when state lawmakers join policy makers in other states and consider allowing farmers to sell the plant. Hawaii already allows hemp production thanks to a 2016 law allowing limited research plots and seed development. But the state’s hemp farmers aren’t permitted to sell what they […]Read More
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