Hawaii Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Hawaii’s two medical marijuana dispensaries off to fast start

Omar Sacirbey  | September 22, 2017

Hawaii’s two operational medical marijuana dispensaries have done brisk business since sales began in August, and the industry’s momentum will likely build in the wake of recent developments.

Maui Grown Therapies and Oahu’s Aloha Green combined for more than $426,000 in sales since opening on consecutive days last month, according to Pacific …

Colorado marijuana banker has plans for a national network

Omar Sacirbey  | September 14, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

A Colorado-based credit union believes it may have the solution to marijuana businesses’ banking issues, one that it hopes will be available in six states by the end of this year and about 20 by the end of 2018.

Hawaii bans cash in medical marijuana dispensary sales

John Schroyer  | September 13, 2017

Hawaii said it will be the first state to require marijuana sales to be handled without cash, saying it wants to avoid robberies and other crimes involving dispensaries.

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii won’t be allowed to accept cash beginning Oct. 1 and will require people to use a debit payment app instead. The app is already an option …

Several factors led to Hawaii’s flawed medical marijuana launch

Bart Schaneman  | August 16, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

When Hawaii's two operational medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to close just days after opening, a laboratory bottleneck was blamed for a supply disruption.

But participants in the fledgling MMJ program said the state's only functioning lab isn't at fault. Instead, they pointed to a number of other factors for their problems.

Hawaii dispensaries run out of medical cannabis after a few days

Bart Schaneman  | August 14, 2017

Hawaii’s two medical marijuana dispensaries are out of product just days after opening.

Maui Grown Therapies and Aloha Green, on Oahu, can’t move flower quickly enough through the state’s testing bottleneck, and with 17,000 registered patients waiting for medical cannabis, demand has quickly outpaced supply.

Maui Grown Therapies sold out of its supply on …

Second Hawaii medical marijuana dispensary begins sales

Bart Schaneman  | August 11, 2017

Another dispensary in Hawaii is selling medical marijuana.

Aloha Green opened for business in Honolulu this week after receiving a notice to proceed from the Hawaii Department of Health. The dispensary got the green light from the state after completing lab testing requirements and passing a final inspection.

Aloha Green joined Maui Grown Therapies …

Hawaii’s first medical cannabis dispensary open for business

Bart Schaneman  | August 8, 2017

After 17 years of waiting, Hawaii dispensaries began selling medical marijuana Tuesday.

Maui Grown Therapies of Kahului conducted the Aloha State’s first MMJ sale after getting the go-ahead from the Hawaii Department of Health.

Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, but dispensaries weren’t legalized until 2015.

In April 2016, Maui …

Hawaii approves first medical marijuana testing lab

Omar Sacirbey  | August 1, 2017

Hawaii’s Department of Health issued its first provisional certification to a medical marijuana testing lab, bringing the state’s eight vertically integrated dispensaries closer to opening their doors.

Honolulu-based Steep Hill Hawaii, which was certified Monday, will need about four days to test and return product, according to the lab’s owner, Dana Ciccone.


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, …