Hawaii Selects Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licensees

Hawaii Dispensaries

Hawaii has selected the eight companies that will be awarded medical marijuana dispensary licenses. The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) will award three licenses for the City and County of Honolulu, two licenses each for the Counties of Hawaii and Maui, and one dispensary license for the County of Kauai.

Licensed Hawaii dispensaries may begin dispensing marijuana no sooner than July 15, 2016, and must get approval from the DOH. Each dispensary licensee may operate up to two cultivation centers and two retail dispensing locations within the county they are licensed to serve.

The selected applicants are required to pay a licensing fee of $75,000 to the DOH within seven days of receiving their written notice of selection to be awarded a dispensary license. If the application fee is not paid by close of business on the seventh day, the selected applicant will be disqualified and the DOH will select the next highest scoring applicant for the county.

Actor and marijuana advocate Woody Harrelson’s company, Simply Organic Living, was not awarded a Hawaii dispensary license, which was filed in Honolulu County.

“Upon the completion of the selection process and the awarding of licenses, the Department of Health will begin working with the selected licensees to ensure the safety of their products, and the safety of patients and the public,” said State Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler. “We look forward to improving access to marijuana for registered patients who have medical needs, and increasing educational opportunities for healthcare professionals.”

The applicants that have been selected for dispensary licenses are:

City and County of Honolulu
– Aloha Green Holdings Inc.
– Manoa Botanicals LLC
– TCG Retro Market 1, LLC dba Cure Oahu

County of Hawaii
– Hawaiian Ethos LLC
– Lau Ola LLC

County of Maui
– Maui Wellness Group, LLC
– Pono Life Sciences Maui, LLC

County of Kauai
– Green Aloha, Ltd.

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