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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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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 Goes Cashless for Cannabis: Will it Work?

Most marijuana businesses still lack access to financial services. The repeating story can sound like a broken record, but that is because it bears repeating. Congress would be acting in everyone’s best interests if it finally decided to protect financial institutions and allow them to provide financial services to marijuana businesses without risk of federal prosecution.

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Cannabis Case Summaries: No Insurance for Medical Marijuana Theft

Marijuana is a valuable asset and insurance can be a necessary tool in protecting that investment. We have written about how marijuana inventory can be covered under a general liability insurance policy. However, not all courts are willing to hold that an insurance policy covers cannabis. In USAA v. Tracy (D. Haw. Mar. 16, 2012),

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Hawaii Marijuana Testing Conundrum

Earlier this month, the Hawaii Department of Health issued interim regulations for the state’s new medical marijuana program, just weeks before groups will be submitting their applications for one of eight vertically integrated dispensary licenses.  As we’ve written before, Hawaii’s medical cannabis program has its quirks. It restricts intrastate transportation of cannabis, which means no cannabis can

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Marijuana Delivery Out West

Marijuana delivery rules vary greatly and can be very complicated. Businesses that want to offer delivery to consumers must comply with state laws and regulations. Some states, like Washington, have a blanket prohibition against businesses delivering marijuana to consumers. Conversely, Oregon recently announced rules to allow retail deliveries. This post examines how the Alaska, California,

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BREAKING: Hawaii Changes Ethics Rules for Cannabis Lawyers

I blogged previously about how Hawaii attorney ethics rules prohibit lawyers from assisting cannabis businesses. That just changed. Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Hawai’i amended its rules to now allow lawyers to advise cannabis businesses. Just four days after the public comment period ended on the proposed rule change — which is astonishingly fast by any standard — the Court issued

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Hawaii Medical Marijuana: October 23 Conference in Honolulu

Canna Law Group’s lead government relations attorney will be speaking on Friday at the Hawaii Bar Association’s upcoming annual convention during a full-day course titled Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: It’s the Law. Needless to say, it will be focusing on the recent and substantial legal changes to the Hawaii medical marijuana program: The legal landscape for cannabis in America is in a state of change

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Hawaii Medical Marijuana: No Lawyers Allowed…Yet

As Hawaii’s new regulated medical cannabis program rolls out, the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court recently issued a formal opinion clarifying that its ethical rules preclude lawyers from assisting cannabis businesses. Just a few days later, more than 20 Hawaii attorneys, including former Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and former Attorney General David Louie,

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Hawaii Medical Cannabis Update

Hawaii’s new medical cannabis program has people across the country seeing green in the Rainbow State. What’s got so many stoked even though Hawaii has had legal cannabis since 2000? Hawaii’s substantial pre-existing patient base of around 13,000 people means cannabis licensees won’t have to bear the risk of patients struggling to find doctors. Some estimate