Hawaii Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News
May 18, 2017
Put it in the record books: A medical marijuana company in Hawaii has become the first in the state to harvest its initial crop.
But the state lacks an approved lab to test the cannabis, slowing the rollout of Hawaii’s MMJ program.
According to Pacific Business News, Aloha Green Holdings – based …
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 …
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.
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.
February 2, 2017
The Hawaii Department of Health has given two dispensary operators the go-ahead to start growing medical marijuana, putting the state’s MMJ industry on track to start selling products in stores within a matter of months.
On Wednesday, Maui Wellness Group and Oahu’s Aloha Green Holdings became the first businesses in the Aloha State …
February 2, 2017
By Bart Schaneman
A well-established patient pool should allow Hawaii's eight licensed medical marijuana companies to hit the ground running - once they harvest and process their first crop of cannabis, which is expected this year.
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 …
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.
January 20, 2017
Hawaii saw a 16.6% increase in registered medical marijuana patients in 2016, a great sign for the state’s eight licensed dispensaries preparing to open soon.
There were 15,334 medical marijuana patients registered in Hawaii in December, an increase of 2,184 patients from 13,150 a year earlier, West Hawaii Today reported. That amounts to a gain of 16.6%.
December 19, 2016
Hawaii’s health department faced pointed criticism from state lawmakers last week for dragging its feet on medical marijuana cultivation.
The state’s eight vertically integrated MMJ companies have been stymied in their efforts to grow medical cannabis as they wait for final approvals from regulators, Hawaii News Now reported.
Some companies indicated they are …
July 13, 2016
Under the state’s MMJ program, dispensaries are allowed to open for business Friday. But it’s unclear if any will be ready. Hawaii recently awarded …
July 7, 2016
Hawaii’s new medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to ring up $12.7 million to $38 million in sales during their first year of business, a report from the Hawaii Dispensary Association predicts.
By 2018, sales could surge to as much as $145 million, according to the association’s report.
July 6, 2016
The first dispensaries in Hawaii likely won’t begin serving patients until much later this year, even though they’re officially allowed to open next week.
The reason: they’re simply not ready.
Hawaii officials just awarded business licenses in late April, so the companies that will grow and sell cannabis at up to 16 dispensaries in …