Hawaii medical marijuana dispensaries to open later this year

Hawaii medical marijuana dispensaries to open later this year

LIHUE, Hawaii State officials say they have yet to inspect the eight licensed medical marijuana businesses, making it unlikely that the Hawaii medical marijuana dispensaries will open by July 15, the earliest date legislators had allowed them to begin selling their products.

Department of Health officials say they are uncertain when each licensee will open up shop, The Garden Island reported. The Department of Health is unable to predict the progress by each licensee because there are a number of requirements that are outside of our departments control, spokeswoman Janice Okubo said.

The eight businesses were selected in April to open the states first medical marijuana dispensaries. Three of the businesses are opening on Oahu, while the Big Island and Maui will both have two of the businesses. One medical dispensary was selected to open on Kauai.

Shane Peters, spokesman for Kauais sole dispensary Green Aloha Ltd., declined to comment, but he said he would be able to share information on its status sometime in July.

Green Aloha Ltd. is doing their best to open in a manner that allows their operation to exceed expectation, said Christopher Garth, executive director of the Hawaii Dispensary Alliance, a medical marijuana advocacy group. Hopefully we can have someone opening their doors that have a robust menu and quality tested products by the end of year ...

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