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NEW YORK — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused.

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It's illegal in Hawaii to manufacture, distribute or sell products containing cannibidiol or CBD but that hasn't stopped businesses from setting up shop in the islands. The state Health Department has taken the approach to educate retailers before it starts to fine them in the face of CBD industry’s rapid growth.

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A key Hawaiʻi legislative panel has passed a bill that would reduce penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

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A measure to decriminalize possession of marijuana in small amounts is moving forward at the State Legislature. House Bill 1383 would make possessing three grams or less of cannabis a misdemeanor. It would also establish a fine, and expunge prior convictions for possession of three grams or less from criminal records.

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Legalizing recreational marijuana is a hot topic across the nation. Hawaii already allows medical marijuana...is this the year it legalizes recreational use? HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi posed that question to those at the 2019 Hawaiʻi Cannabis Expo.

FDA Approves Cannabis-Based Seizure Treatment

Jun 28, 2018
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It’s a step forward for the Food and Drug Administration’s approach to cannabis-derived medications. This week it approved a new drug, Epidiolex, that is a formulation of cannabidiol - CBD for short - to treat rare and severe forms of epilepsy. Wendy Gibson is a Field Organizer for The Drug Policy Forum, and The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii who has spent years advocating for the use of cannabis-derived medications - and although she has reservations about this one, she welcomes the FDA’s changing attitude.

The Conversation: Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Jun 28, 2018
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Impact of Supreme Court Ruling on Unions; CBD Treatment for Seizures; Saving Maui’s Silverswords; Strategy 360

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to roll back protection of cannabis businesses last week left a cloud of uncertainty over Hawai’i’s medical cannabis dispensary program. The state’s two-year-old program is still trying to find its foothold in the islands – with only four of the eight dispensaries open for business. Despite the slow roll out, patients and providers are wasting no time to ensure the medicine gets to where it needs to go. HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.