Hawaii Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Cannbis_pill_bottle_Hawaii Governor David Ige has signed House Bill 321 into law, legalizing medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the state. The measure was signed on Tuesday, and went into effect on Wednesday.

The proposal, which was approved 24 to 0 in the Senate, and 38 to 13 in the House of Representatives, legalizes the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers.

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Hawaii Governor Plans to Sign Bill Legalizing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

hawaiiHawaii Governor David Ige plans to sign House Bill 321 into law, legalizing medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the state, according to a spokeswoman for the governor.

The proposal, which was approved 24 to 0 in the Senate, and 38 to 13 in the House of Representatives, will legalize the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers. In total, the bill authorizes 16 dispensaries (and 16 production centers) throughout the state. Qualified patients will be able to purchase their medicine from any of these 16 outlets, giving them their first means of safe access to medical cannabis since it was legalized by lawmakers in 2000.

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Hawaii Legislature Passes Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, Bill Heads to Governor

Hawaii's State Capitol.
The Hawaii State Capitol.

After months of discussion and debate, Hawaii’s full Legislature has given approval to House Bill 321, a proposal to legalize the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis through state-sanctioned production centers and dispensaries.

The bill was approved unanimously, 24 to 0 in the Senate, and 38 to 13 in the House of Representatives.

Specifically, the measure would authorize 16 dispensaries and 16 production centers throughout the state, which would supply medical cannabis to qualified patients. Cannabis has been legal as a medicine since the Legislature passed legislation in 2000, but patients have had no legal means of obtaining it.

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Hawaii Joint Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

A hawaiijoint Senate/House conference committee in Hawaii has given approval to a modified version of House Bill 321, which would legalize the distribution of medical cannabis through state-sanctioned dispensaries. The bill will now go to the Senate, where it’s already passed 23 to 2, and to the House of Representatives. Its passage in both chambers will send it to Governor David Ige for consideration.

House Bill 321 would authorize 16 dispensaries and 16 production centers throughout the state, which would supply medical cannabis to qualified patients.

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Washington Governor Signs Bill to Close Dispensaries, Reduce Patients’ Rights

Washingtonmedical-marijuana-630 Governor Jay Inslee has signed Senate Bill 5052 into law, a proposal that will lead to the closure of every medical cannabis dispensary in the state, while implementing a patient registry and drastically reducing the amount of cannabis a patient can possess and cultivate.

Senate Bill 5052 requires all currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries to close by July 1st, 2016, putting an end to hundreds, if not thousands of jobs, and greatly decreasing safe access for patients. The proposal will also reduce the amount of cannabis a patient can possess by over 80%, from 24 ounces to 3, and will reduce the amount they can cultivate from 15 plants, to 6. And this is only if they enter a patient database admitting to committing a federal crime; if a patient refuses to join the database, they’ll only be able to possess an ounce, and cultivate 4 plants.

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Hawaii: Two Senate Committees Approve Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Twohawaii different Senate committees in Hawaii approved House Bill 321 this week, a proposal to legalize the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries. The proposal has already been approved by the state’s House, as well as the Senate Public Safety Committee.

On Wednesday, Hawaii’s Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 8 to 2 to approve House Bill 321. The same day, it was passed with a 3 to 1 vote in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor. The proposal will now be up for a full Senate vote, where its passage will send it back to the House for concurrence.

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Hawaii Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Hawaii’s Senathawaii2e Public Safety Committee has voted to unanimously approve a bill to legalize the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries. The proposal would mark the first time the state has allowed medical cannabis safe access points, despite the medicine being legalized by voters nearly 15 years ago.

House Bill 321, which has already been approved 43 to 8 by the state’s House of Representatives, would establish a system of medical cannabis production centers and dispensaries, with the measure mandating that each county have at least one operating dispensary, with a minimum of 21 throughout the state.

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Seattle Issues Hundreds of Cease and Desist Letters to Dispensaries Ordering Them to Shut Down

The City of Seattle has issued over 300 cease and desist letters to dispensaries throughSeattle-skyline-space-needleout the city, ordering them to shut down by July 1st, 2015, unless they can obtain a license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board, despite no such license existing for medical cannabis facilities.

On Thursday last week, the city sent out letters to all businesses deemed to be engaged in “major marijuana activity”, defined as any activity involving 45 or more plants, or more than 72 ounces of cannabis. The letter reads as follows:

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Michigan Senate Committee Approves Bills to Legalize Cannabis Dispensaries, Edibles and Extracts

Michigan’s Senate Government Operations Committee has given approval to two cannabis-related measures, House Bill 4271,michigan and House Bill 5104. Both measures have been approved by the state’s House of Representatives, and are now up for a full Senate vote, where their passage would send them to Governor Rick Synder for consideration.

Under House Bill 4271, medical cannabis dispensaries (referred to as provisioning centers) would be explicitly legal in communities that allow them. Under current Michigan law, the possession of up to two and a half ounces of cannabis, and the private cultivation of up to twelve cannabis plants, is legal for qualifying patients, though dispensaries are not permitted under the state’s law.

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Girl Scouts Make Killing Selling Cookies In Front Of California Dispensaries

Although many people are familiar with the cannabis strain known as ‘Girl Scout Cookies’, few are likely to expect actual girl scout cookies to be available at their local dispensary.

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Danielle selling cookies outside The Green Cross.

In California, patients are seeing just that.

Danielle Lei, of Girl Scout Troop 3168, has been circulating the San Francisco area, setting up tables of cookies outside local cannabis collectives – and, as one might expect, the boxes have been selling so fast she can barely keep in stock.

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