First Dispensary to Open in Hawaii
Hooray, Hawaii! Dispensary sales of medical marijuana finally begin after patients have waited for 17 years for a legal way to purchase cannabis.
Maui Grown Therapies received approval from the Department of Health and are ready to start selling medical marijuana on Tuesday. According to Teri Freitas Gorman, director of community relations and patients affairs,
Clearly this is a historic day not just for Maui but for the state of Hawaii. This is the first time in Hawaii that patients will be able to buy lab-tested, quality-assured medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary. We’re so excited.
The dispensary has been pre-registering patients with an aim to sell medical cannabis by appointment only. Walk-in sales will start in about a week.
Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health, said that
This is an important day for qualified patients, and caregivers on Maui who now have assurance the medical cannabis they purchase at Maui Grown Therapies has been thoroughly tested and is safe for them to use.
She also added that
Implementing a new health program is always challenging, and the dispensary program was no exception.
Hawaii was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 2000. However, the state did not legalize dispensaries until 2015, so the state’s patients had to wait and grow their own cannabis.
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