Hawaii regulators lambasted over slow approval of MMJ cultivation

Hawaii’s health department faced pointed criticism from state lawmakers last week for dragging its feet on medical marijuana cultivation.

The state’s eight vertically integrated MMJ companies have been stymied in their efforts to grow medical cannabis as they wait for final approvals from regulators, Hawaii News Now reported.

Some companies indicated they are confronting job cuts because of the delays.

“I’m just trying to figure out what’s taking it so long cause I really don’t think this is rocket science,” state Sen. Roz Baker declared during a meeting of the Medical Marijuana Legislative Oversight Working Group.

According to Hawaii News Now, the state has signed a contract to implement a seed-to-sale tracking program. But that won’t be ready for the dispensaries for another couple of months.

One comment on “Hawaii regulators lambasted over slow approval of MMJ cultivation
  1. Mary Whispering Wind on

    Hawaii lawmakers are lambasted by medical cannabis patients, who still have no access to medical cannabis after lawmakers passed medical cannabis laws, 17 years ago. Apparently it is as complicated as rocket science because Sen. Roz Baker, and her MMJ oversight group, have still failed to provide any legal procedure for registered patients to legally acquire cannabis seeds, or plants, in an attempt to force patients to buy at the outrageously over-priced dispensaries, which sell at $500 to $600 an ounce prices! Meanwhile, GREEN HARVEST raids pushed caregiver numbers down by a whopping 55 percent, causing more patients to suffer loss of access to their medical cannabis.

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