Friday, February 12, 2010

ACLU: State discriminates against unmarried couples, more than 5k medical marijuana users, tourism is king, green building code costing, meth addict guilty of throwing baby off overpass, more

Hawaii’s sandalwood industry is long gone. Even sugar operations are a distant memory. For now, tourism is the industry in Hawaii.

Ten years after Hawaii became one of the first medical marijuana states, lawmakers are planning to make more marijuana available to patients. However, law enforcement agencies are objecting, saying the current law is not working the way it was intended.

So far the state has granted more than five-thousand medical marijuana permits, majority of those on the Big Island.

State general fund tax collections for the first seven months of the fiscal year decreased by 5.4 percent compared with the same period last year, but the decline wasn't as severe as the drop in revenues reported in the first half of the year.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint alleging that the Department of Land and Natural Resources is discriminating against unmarried couples who want to live together on boats in state-run harbors.

A state judge found an admitted methamphetamine addict guilty yesterday in the death of a toddler thrown from an H-1 pedestrian overpass.

Former Mayor Frank Fasi's body will lie in state at Honolulu Hale all day on March 3 to give the public an opportunity to pay its respects.

Surfers need to say thank you to El Nino. The weather phenomenon is bringing in great surf conditions today and all winter long.

Big Island business leaders argue that a state House of Representatives bill to lower unemployment insurance tax rates doesn't provide enough relief for overburdened entrepreneurs.

Laupahoehoe High and Elementary School may now apply to the state for public charter school status following Wednesday's supportive 145-35 vote by parents and teachers.

A new "green" building code that goes into effect this spring could cost a bit more green as well.

Maui County Council members who appoint another person to represent them on the board of a nonprofit could still face a conflict of interest in voting on matters that affect the organization, the Board of Ethics stated.

After hearing nearly four hours of emotional testimony, the Kaua‘i/Ni‘ihau Island Burial Council on Thursday unanimously rejected the 16th draft of the burial treatment for Naue landowner Joseph Brescia’s controversial single-family home.