Hawaii Issues First Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

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Hawaii Issues Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Hawaii’s First Dispensary Licenses Awarded.

The Hawaii State Department of Health has selected the eight applicants who will receive Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses. The Department will award three licenses for the City and County of Honolulu, two licenses each for the Counties of Hawaii and Maui, and one dispensary license for the County of Kauai.

After receiving more than 60 applications in January, a four-member selection panel reviewed and scored applications based on thirteen merit criteria, some of which include the ability to operate a business, a plan and timeline for operations, proof of financial stability, ability to comply with security requirements, and capacity to meet patient needs.

The applicants that have been selected for marijuana dispensary licenses are:

City and County of Honolulu

  • Aloha Green Holdings Inc.
  • Manoa Botanicals LLC
  • TCG Retro Market 1, LLC dba Cure Oahu

County of Hawaii

  • Hawaiian Ethos LLC
  • Lau Ola LLC

County of Maui

  • Maui Wellness Group, LLC
  • Pono Life Sciences Maui, LLC

County of Kauai

  • Green Aloha, Ltd.

Notable applicants who were not approved include actor, Woody Harrelson who had submitted an application to open a marijuana dispensary in Hawaii. The selected applicants are required to pay a licensing fee of $75,000 to the Department of Health within seven days of receiving their written notice of selection. If the application fee is not timely paid the selected applicant will be disqualified, and the Department shall select the next highest scoring applicant for the appropriate county.

The licensed dispensaries may begin dispensing marijuana no sooner than July 15, 2016, with the approval of the Department of Health.

Each dispensary licensee may operate up to two production centers and two retail-dispensing locations within the county they are licensed to serve.

Margaret Leong, Supervisor for the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licensing Program, explained that, “There are many steps the dispensaries will need to take in order to actually start production and dispensing, so we can’t say exactly when the dispensing will begin. But we are excited to start working with the selected licensees on the next steps.”

The Department of Health is holding un-selected applications in reserve to offer a license to the next highest scoring applicant if the selected applicants fail to timely pay the required licensing fee. When all available licenses have been issued, the un-selected applications will be removed from the list, at which time they will have an opportunity to appeal the denial.

The department will post a list of the total scores received by applicants upon completion of the awarding of licenses, which is anticipated to be completed within the next two weeks. The scores will be posted at health.hawaii.gov/medicalmarijuana. Where you can find more information about both the medical marijuana dispensary program and the registry program.