Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

This was a quiet week on the medical marijuana front, but a couple of important changes happened on 1 July.

Hawaii  On Tuesday, a new report said dispensaries will generate millions for the state. The Aloha State finally got around to allowing dispensaries to operate this year, and now a report from the Hawaii Dispensary Alliance says they could generate between $12 million and $38 million in revenues in their 1st year in operation. That figure could grow to as much as $80 million by 2018, the group said, citing an anticipated increase in patient numbers.


As of last Friday, chronic pain patients qualify for medical marijuana. As of 1 July, intractable chronic pain that can’t be controlled with existing treatments is approved for medical marijuana use. The state Department of Health added intractable pain to the list of qualifying conditions effective today, the 1-year anniversary of the beginning of medical marijuana availability in the state.


As of last Friday, the medical marijuana system has been folded into the state’s adult sales system. As of 1 July, medical and recreational cannabis sales are combined, and only shops that have sought a special license can advise patients on medical use. All dispensaries that are not licensed under the new scheme were to shut down by Midnight 30 June. Only patients registered with the state will be able to avoid paying sales tax on their cannabis purchases.

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By Phillip Smith

Paul Ebeling, Editor

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