Dispensary on Hawaii’s Big Island approved to cultivate medical marijuana

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The Hawaii Department of Health signaled a green light for a medical cannabis dispensary to start growing on the Big Island.

Hawaiian Ethos is the seventh dispensary to open a production center in the state and the first on the Big Island.

The Big Island, which has the second-highest patient count behind Oahu, was the last of the major islands to begin MMJ cultivation. Hawaii began legal MMJ sales a year ago.

According to the health department, to receive the go-ahead, the dispensary had to build a secure facility, operate a marijuana tracking system and receive authorizations from state Narcotics Enforcement Division and the state Department of Public Safety.

Eight dispensaries received licenses in April 2016. A second one on the Big Island has not yet begun operations.

Each dispensary can operate two production facilities and two retail centers.

Hawaiian Ethos is seeking to begin sales by the end of the year.

– Associated Press