Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses Scored and Awarded

66 applications have been received by the Hawaii State Dept. of Health from applicants looking to acquire a Medical Marijuana Dispensary License. However, there are only eight licenses available. For applications to be reviewed by the Hawaii State Dept. of Health, those filing the applications were required to provide documentation that proves they are in complete compliance with all administrative and statutory requirements. This requirement applied to individual applicants as well as business entities applying for licenses. The 66 applications that were received have been reviewed, evaluated and scored by a 4-member selection panel according to a report released on Friday by the DOH.
Each applicant was scored based on 13 merit criteria. Each criterion could yield 40 points total, ten from each panel member. The maximum score that could be received was 520 points. Of the 66 applications scored, none of them received a perfect 520, and only one exceeded a score of 500 which was Maui Wellness Group, LLC, who scored a 510.  The eight Medical Marijuana Dispensary licenses have been awarded to the following 8 entities based on the reviews and scores provided by the selection panel members.

  1. Aloha Green Holdings Inc.
  2. Manoa Botanicals LLC
  3. TCG Retro Market 1, LLC dba Cure Oahu
  4. Hawaiian Ethos LLC
  5. Lau Ola LLC
  6. Maui Wellness Group, LLC
  7. Pono Life Sciences Maui, LLC
  8. Green Aloha, Ltd.

You can review a complete list of all entities that submitted an application and that were reviewed by the selection panel here.  The licensees have been working directly with the Hawaii Dept. of Health to ensure that they remain in compliance with all regulations and can open the doors to their dispensaries as soon as possible and begin to provide the much needed medicine to medical marijuana patients in the state.


10 Major Health Benefits of Marijuana

We know that, illegal or not, we have a significant portion of our audience indulges in weed now and then. We’re not here to cast stones. But legal medical marijuana usage is on the rise, and with good reason. After reading this infographic, you’ll at least be convinced that medical marijuana can help you curb your medical insurance costs.
Infographic hat tip: visual.ly


Marijuana Lessons For Canada From Holland, Portugal, U.S. [Infographic]

When it comes to legalizing marijuana, Canada isn’t sailing entirely into the unknown. A number of countries and U.S. states have experimented with loose pot policies (if not outright decriminalization), and these places offer potential models and lessons for Canada.
Toronto-based law firm O’Neill Moon Quedado LLP has put together an infographic comparing three countries known for their experimentation with drug decriminalization: The Netherlands, Portugal, and, most recently, the U.S.
The law firm says we should be watching closely developments in the U.S., where Colorado, Oregon and Washington state have legalized marijuana for recreational use, with Alaska following this year. Those examples “will be the most relevant for Canada during the drafting of the law,” the law firm says.

And it notes one other thing: For all the talk out there about decriminalization, it hasn’t happened yet.

“You can still get charged for possession, growing or selling marijuana,” the law firm notes, adding that some activities surrounding marijuana will likely continue to be illegal after the Liberals’ reforms.
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Source:  huffingtonpost.

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15 Most Popular Cannabis Strains

Have you ever wondered what the most popular cannabis strains are? The best of the best. What the cannabis connoisseurs are smoking.
Well, wonder no more! Feast your eyes on 15 of the most legendary, most potent, most aromatic and delicious cannabis strains on the planet:

1. Blue Dream

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Blue Dream has been named the most popular strain in the U.S., for a variety of reasons — it’s easy to find, easy to grow, yields an abundant crop, etc. But the biggest reason why it’s so well loved, is that it is a pure delight to smoke. This sativa-dominant strain is a cross between the popular Blueberry and Haze strains. The result is an extremely balanced, berry-scented bud, which offers the best of both worlds: the body high and symptom relief of an indica, and the uplifting and euphoric effects characteristic of a strong sativa.

2. OG Kush

OG Kush
OG Kush is the common ancestor of many, if not most, of the most popular West Coast strains — including several on this list. It’s been around for more than 20 years, and yet it continues to be a favorite. It’s lineage is uncertain, but most believe it to be a cross between the Chemdawg and Hindu Kush strains. The result is an intoxicating hybrid with a strong earthy and piney scent, that delivers an intense, euphoric and relaxing high.

3. Girl Scout Cookies

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This cross between Durban Poison (one of the few remaining strains of pure sativa) and OG Kush is not for lightweights. It has a sweet, earthy, often minty aroma, and some of the highest THC levels around. One hit will have soaring on an intense, cerebral high, that can result in anxiety — even paranoia — if you’re not careful or experienced. But manage your dosage, your set and setting, and you should enjoy the ride.

4. Banana Kush

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This is an indica-dominant hybrid, born from the combination of Ghost OG and Skunk Haze. Easily recognized by it’s fruity, banana scent and flavor, it also delivers maximum euphoria and relaxation. A great choice for those dealing with stress and/or depression, this strain is sure to mellow you out and put a smile on your face.

5. AK-47

This award winning creation from Serious Seeds is a sativa-dominant mix of several different cannabis strains from around the world. The result is pungent, earthy and slightly sweet, while packing an uplifting and long lasting head high that will have you alert, creative and energized. But don’t let the scary-sounding name fool you; this bud is known for having pleasant, happy and relaxing effects.

6. “Green Crack”

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Originally known as Cush (with a “C”), this strain was dubbed Green Crack by none other than Snoop Dogg. Descended from Skunk #1, this sativa-dominant hybrid has a hoppy, citrus taste and aroma. And as the name suggests, it delivers a powerful, energizing mental high that makes you intensely alert and focused.

7. Strawberry Cough

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As you might have guessed, Strawberry Cough is most famous for the powerful taste and aroma of fresh strawberries. And while it is both a smooth and delicious smoke, it’s also known for an expanding sensation that tickles the lungs, that can wring a cough out of even the most seasoned smoker. This sativa-dominant hybrid delivers an uplifting and euphoric high, that is sure to leave you satisfied.

8. Flo

One of the most popular strains in the Colorado markets, Flo is a cross between Purple Thai (a potent sativa) and Afghani Indica — and offers the perfect blend of the two. Known for it’s purple coloration and sweet, piney scent, and loved for it’s light, pleasant and bubbly high. This is a true “feel good” bud, not at all heavy. Just pure relaxation, and gentle, uplifting euphoria… you can’t help but love it.

9. MK Ultra

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Named after the covert mind control project of the CIA, this potent indica-dominant hybrid has been called hypnotic and mind bending. Bred from OG Kush and G-13, this is one of the strongest cannabis strains in the world, period. These dank, sticky buds will leave you laid out on the couch, super relaxed yet flying on an intense, cerebral high. Best not make plans to go out anytime soon.

10. Grand Daddy Purp

A West Cost classic, Granddaddy Purple (or GDP) is a heavy, indica hybrid that’s a cross between the famous Purple Urkle and Big Bud. It has distinctive color, and grape and berry scent characteristic of it’s parent. It also delivers one of the most powerful, relaxing body highs of any indica out there, combined with an intense cerebral high as well.

11. Trainwreck

This popular strain from northern California is one of the hardest hitting sativa hybrids on the market. It has a spicy pine and lemon scent, and is famous for it’s extreme, high energy head high, characterized by intense euphoria, creativity, time distortion, and overall blissed-out happiness.

12. Sour Diesel

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Another classic hybrid, Sour Diesel has been around since the 90s. This strong and skunky sativa dominant strain gets it’s name from it’s aroma: the dank and pungent smell of diesel fuel. It also packs an intense, cerebral high that comes on fast and strong. Uplifting, energizing, and mind-expanding… it’s no wonder this strain has such enduring popularity and legendary status.

13. Golden Goat

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This popular was created by accident, the story goes, by the unintended crossing of a Hawaiian sativa with Sweet Island Skunk. The result is complex, in scent, flavor and effects. Simultaneously sweet, sour and spicy, with a tropical citrus taste, and a full body high that is both uplifting and relaxing, happy and euphoric and altogether pleasant and enjoyable.

14. Skywalker OG

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This cross between Skywalker and OG Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid, with the pungent, earthy, spicy scent characteristic of most kush strains. The effects are extremely relaxing, with a powerful body high and pleasant numbing, tingling sensation from head to toe. But there is also a good head buzz, that hits you right away. The perfect bud for when you just want chill, relax, and drift off while listening to some good music.

15. Bruce Banner

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Named after the incredible Hulk, this cross between OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel can be found in at least 3 different varieties. It’s known for a sweet and pungent aroma, skunky diesel with berry undertones. It also gives an instant, energizing, cerebral high that is pleasant and euphoric — if a bit short on duration. But that can be a good thing, sometimes.
Well, there you have it! Have you tried any of these strains? What did you think? Did we miss any of your favorites? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

Edible Savories: Get-Baked Beans

Tangy, spicy, sweet, barbecue baked beans to get you baked. Serve either as a side or as a meal! The main recipe will serve/stone 3-4 people.


2 cups dried beans, pinto or navy, soaked overnight
or canned beans


2 or 3 TBS cannabutter, melted
1/2 cup water
2 tbs tamari (soy sauce, use coconut aminos for a gluten-free option)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 TSP lemon juice
3 TBS tomato paste
small can of tomato puree
2 TSP  liquid smoke
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup maple syrup


1 TSP black pepper
1/2 TSP red pepper flakes
1 1/2 TSP onion powder
1 1/2 TSP garlic powder
1 TSP paprika
1/2 TSP salt
1/4 TSP cumin
1/8 TSP cloves
1 TSP chili powder

1 TBS of cornstarch
1 TBS of flax seed
casserole or baking dish
cover or foil



1. If you’re doing this the long way, rinse and soak 2 cups of dry beans for at least 8 hours. Change the water if it gets frothy/foamy or if it starts to smell funny. Either after 8 hours, overnight, or when you want them, bring the beans to a boil in fresh water, then reduce to a simmer and let it chill simmering for an hour and half. For extra flavor, cook the beans in broth or water mixed with vegetable stock.

2. While you wait for the beans, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. Use less vinegar than you think you need, and go easy with the liquid smoke. A few drops should be more than enough to amp up the barbecue flavor.

3. In another bowl, throw together dry spices. If you’re really fancy, use fresh garlic and onion, otherwise I stick to the powdered kind for sauces. Adjust amounts as needed–more spice, add more black or red pepper, or chili powder. If you like a sweeter BBQ, try a pinch of cloves or allspice to bring out the richness of the maple and molasses.

4. Preheat your oven to 375F.  Dump the dry mix into the wet mix and combine thoroughly. Now would be the time to add in flaxseed or cornstarch! Whisk in your choice of thickener. Add a little more water or veg stock so that the sauce is pourable, thinner than a typical spaghetti sauce.

5.  In your chosen baking dish, pour in the semi-cooked, drained and rinsed beans. Then the sauce, covering the beans evenly (if your beans aren’t covered, add small amounts of vinegar/water/stock and stir until they are). If you’d like, throw in some chopped garlic and onions, mushrooms, extra canna butter, or additional spices. Cover the dish either with a lid or with foil. Bake on the middle rack for 45 mins, then bake uncovered for another 30. Serve however you want, at this point.


1. I have saved massive amounts of time by having the beans soak/precook in a rice maker. If you want to do it this way, pour 2 cups of dried beans with 3-4 cups of water into your rice maker. Mine takes about 45 mins to run a cycle, so I precook the beans twice, stirring in between and adding more water as needed.

2. Follow steps 2-5 of THE LONG WAY. If you don’t want to make your own sauce, just go to step 5 and use store-bought BBQ sauce and mix it with the melted canna butter.


1. Open can of beans, drain it, dump the beans in a baking dish. Squeeze out BBQ sauce from the bottle. Add the canna butter. Cover and bake at 375F until bubbly and clearly baked bean-like. Serve however you like.

image credit: thecannabist.co