Hawaii Medical Cannabis Program Advancing

Hawaii’s medical marijuana program is making slow but steady progress.

The state’s health department has named five people to be on a panel that will award eight MMJ business licenses.

Hawaii received 66 applications for business licenses from 59 companies. Final decisions on the business permits are expected April 15, and license winners can open July 15.

The panel that will determine winners includes:

  • H. David Bess, a professor of management and transportation at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, deputy to the chairperson of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.
  • Keith Ridley, chief of the Office of Health Care Assurance within the Hawaii State Department of Health.
  • James Duffy, Jr., a retired associate justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court.
  • John Fisher III, a scientific director of Keystone Laboratories and a lab inspector for the College of American Pathologists.

Hawaii’s MMJ program is advancing in other ways as well.

The state’s patient population increased by 16% over the last year, for example.

In January 2015, there were 11,402 registered MMJ patients, and at the end of last month, there were 13,244 patients, according to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. That’s a good indication that even more patients will likely sign up once dispensaries begin to open.

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3 comments on “Hawaii Medical Cannabis Program Advancing
  1. Seth Tyrssen on

    Well, glad to see that some progress is being made in the “Aloha State,” though it seems unnecessarily slow. Too bad they didn’t include Rev. Roger Christie on their panel. Rev. Christie’s group, the THC Ministry, has long struggled for legalization in Hawaii. Check ’em out.

  2. Roger on

    Way too expensive for licensing and liquidity requirements. Indoor grow requirement will ramp up cost due to high cost of electricity. Prices of medicine for patients will increase substantially.

  3. Brett Roper on

    Kudos to Hawaii in getting this initiative moving but I am still not sure how announcements in mid April will result in products to the market in July? The State still has to approve the facility prior to becoming operational and the approval of the NED for its destruction plan which will likely take at least a month or better, assuming a facility is ready for deployment upon award. Additionally, I think the cost of power will only play a small part in the overall cost to the patient in Hawaii … We have advised our clients to anticipate a power bill in the $200 (+/-) per pound of dried cured flower range (once operational bugs are slain noting the per KWhr rate will likely run in the lower to mid 30 cent range not including trim element values) all-in based upon current experience here in the US in several states using our cultivation technology, should they prevail. Our anecdotal research late last year suggested a market price for quality smokeable (non-tested) product was running in the $300 per ounce range, plus or minus which would make the power cost component burden about 5% of that value noting it will likely change over time once deployment of the licenses are awarded. It will also fluctuate depending upon the extraction based product lines deployed as well. Way to go Hawaii!

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