Hawaii’s first medical cannabis dispensary open for business

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After 17 years of waiting, Hawaii dispensaries began selling medical marijuana Tuesday.

Maui Grown Therapies of Kahului conducted the Aloha State’s first MMJ sale after getting the go-ahead from the Hawaii Department of Health.

Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, but dispensaries weren’t legalized until 2015.

In April 2016, Maui Grown was awarded Hawaii’s first MMJ dispensary license and, in February 2017, received a notice to proceed with cultivation from the state. The dispensary passed its final retail inspection on Monday, setting the state for Tuesday’s opening.

Maui Grown is having a soft opening this week where only patients who have gone through a pre-opening intake can purchase medical cannabis by appointment. The dispensary will begin walk-in business and regular operating hours on Aug. 14.

Maui Grown will sell only flower at first because the health department hasn’t yet certified a lab to test manufactured marijuana products. The dispensary eventually will also offer oils, lotions, concentrates and tinctures.