Hawaiʻi’s Medical Marijuana Oligopoly
It seems crazy that though Hawaiʻi has legalized medical marijuana, many patients still buy from the black market because it’s easier, cheaper and there’s more variety.  The state government opted for a tightly controlled, vertically integrated industry of eight companies. Other states created more open systems. When Christopher Garth... Read more
Hemp-CBD Across State Lines: Hawaii

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) regulatory authority over hemp…

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Maui and Maine: A world apart but maybe much closer than you think.
I recently traveled from New England to Hawaii to attend the 3rd annual Maui Medical Cannabis Symposium. I obviously enjoyed leaving our winter in Maine for a trip under the sun in Maui. But it was also very inspiring to spend time and exchange perspectives with several cannabis trailblazers... Read more
The State of Hawaii decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis on Tuesday after an attempt by lawmakers to legalize the recreational use of marijuana failed earlier this year. Under the measure, House Bill 1383, possession of up to three grams of cannabis will no longer be subject to... Read more
Hawaii has decriminalized marijuana
Hawaii on Tuesday decriminalized marijuana, making it the 26th state to decriminalize or legalize the drug. The new law removes the possibility of jail time as a penalty for up to three grams of marijuana, but maintains a $130 fine. Hawaii’s Democrat-controlled legislature approved the bill and sent it to Democratic... Read more
Cannabis Securities Litigation: Hawaii Federal Court Denies Motion to Stay Civil “Pump and Dump” Case Pending Resolution of Parallel Criminal Proceedings

Cannabis is hyped as a hot investment, and it can be, though it is not without risk as a recent CNN article points out. (See also links below).  Setting aside issues concerning the federal prohibition on marijuana, the cannabis industry’s path from the black market to legalization has been rife with hucksters and promises of…

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Hawaii Dispensaries Can Now Serve Out-of-State Cannabis Patients
Traveling to Hawaii just got a whole lot easier for out-of-state medical marijuana patients. The state Department of Health announced this week that Hawaii will now allow visitors who are qualified to receive medical marijuana elsewhere in the US to register and buy it while visiting the islands. Also... Read more



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