Hawaii Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

How marijuana entrepreneurs can outsmart black-market competitors

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 prod

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Chart: Hawaii medical cannabis patient count climbs 33% in 2017

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 […]

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19 attorneys general urge Congress to give cannabis states access to banking

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 […]

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Hawaii taking another look at hemp in 2018

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 […]

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New US medical marijuana markets – one year later

If it was a big year for recreational marijuana in 2016, then it was a huge one for medical marijuana.

Voters or state legislatures in 11 states – Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – approved or advanced medical cannabis measures.

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Hawaii’s two medical marijuana dispensaries off to fast start

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 Business News, citing […]

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Hawaii seeks to limit cash in medical marijuana dispensary sales

Hawaii regulators announced plans to be the first state to conduct marijuana sales without cash, saying they want to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting medical cannabis dispensaries.

All of Hawaii’s eight licensed dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by Oct. 1, the governor’s office said.

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Several factors led to Hawaii’s flawed medical marijuana launch

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.

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Hawaii dispensaries run out of medical cannabis after a few days

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 Saturday, just five […]

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