Hawaii Bill Establishing Dispensaries Likely to Become Law

Dispensaries could be open in Hawaii in just over a year, as a bill establishing a licensing system for MMJ storefronts appears on its way to becoming law.

House Bill 321 will allow for up to 16 dispensaries for certified patients that could open as soon as July 2016, according to Pacific Business News. The state will be required to adopt interim rules by Jan. 4.

The bill was not on Gov. David Ige’s list of measures he said he planned to veto, meaning it will become law with or without his signature no later than July 14, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Ige said he remains concerned “about adequacy of funds provided and the aggressive timeline” called for in the bill, and indicated he may not officially sign it, according to Pacific Business News.

Applicants, who must have at least $1 million in the bank, must pay a non-refundable application fee of $5,000 for each license. If accepted, the applicant would pay a licensing fee of $75,000 within seven days or the license will be issued to the next qualified applicant.

Startup costs could range from $3 million to $5 million, local attorney Stephen Pingree told Pacific Business News.

2 comments on “Hawaii Bill Establishing Dispensaries Likely to Become Law
  1. David on

    Perfect! July 2016 is the same date that Washington’s terribly regressive legislative bill 5052, which killed-off medical marijuana in Washington, cut our possession and grow amounts by over one-half and forces ALL medical patients to pay a 37% State excise tax. If a patient chooses not to enter the State’s law enforcement “Registry” that tax is over 47 %. My 10 year old great niece could have devised a better law. To top it off, It took Olympia two special sessions to ” F” this up so badly.

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