Honolulu, HI (May 23, 2017) – Aloha Green Holdings Inc. (Aloha Green) will open Hawaii’s first retail medical cannabis dispensary on June 8, 2017 on the ground floor of the Interstate Building located at 1314 S. King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The dispensary will be open to the general public until lab tested cannabis products are available for purchase. Hawaii’s dispensary licensees are waiting for the State’s Department of Health to certify testing laboratories before qualified patient cannabis sales can commence.

While open to the general public, Aloha Green will carry and sell CBD-only products derived from hemp, and other related products. Hours of operation during the “soft opening” will be 7 days a week, excluding national and state holidays, from 11am to 7pm. Patient consultants and company representatives will be present to provide information on Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Registry Program, state and federal laws and regulations, Aloha Green as a company, and medical cannabis in general.

“Aloha Green is looking forward to connecting with the local community and providing the public a trusted way of learning more about medical cannabis. We are proud to represent the industry and to showcase the company’s commitment on professionalism, compassion, and safety,” states Tai Cheng, Chief Operating Officer of Aloha Green.

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Hawaii Cannabis Patients Are Feeling the Love

From the eight dispensaries approved by the Aloha State’s department of health in the last year to a once ominous home grow ban now languishing in legislative limbo, Hawaii’s cannabis patients have a handful of reasons to feel warm and fuzzy this spring.

On the “mainland,” the Hawaiian islands are largely associated with newlyweds taking honeymoon strolls on picturesque beaches, surfers hanging ten on glistening waves and tourists drinking mai tais at hotel luaus.

It’s also tied to legendary strains like Maui Wowie, and that connection between cannabis and America’s slice of the Pacific is nothing new. Hawaii was something of a marijuana mecca by the 1970s and the plant has been medically legal there since 2000.

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Hawaii Mulls Raising Taxes on Fledgling MMJ Program

Lawmakers in Hawaii are considering raising taxes on medical marijuana to help cover some the of costs associated with setting up the state’s MMJ program, but many are worried that a tax hike will hurt the very people who can least afford it: the patients.

State Rep. Della Au Belatti, chair of the House Health Committee, supports a so-called “Use Tax” on MMJ, on top of the existing general tax.

“We need to have that conversation, because we know that there are associated costs with setting up the medical marijuana program,”Belatti told Hawaiinewsnow. “There is a delicate balance that we’re trying to strike.”

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Hawaii ACLU Files Federal Complaint Over Prison Conditions

This week, the Hawaii chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department, demanding an investigation into the state’s dangerously overcrowded prisons and jails.

The complaint charges that horrific conditions at the facilities constitute a violation of the prisoners’ Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

“What you have is cells that were designed for two inmates that now are housing four or five inmates,” said Mateo Caballero, legal director for the Hawaii ACLU. “You have inmates sleeping on the floor next to leaky faucets or toilets. The conditions of jails and prisons in Hawaii have not improved in the last 30 years.”

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