State officials in Hawaii state that they have not looked into the eight medical cannabis businesses that have been licensed. For that reason, many are skeptical about when the dispensaries will begin operating; state legislatures allowed them to begin on at least July 15th. However, without any proper inspection, it is unlikely that the dispensaries are going to be open by then. In fact, Department of Health officials states that they are not sure when each of them is going to open up, according to a newspaper from Hawaii.

“The Department of Health is unable to predict the progress by each licensee because there are a number of requirements that are outside of our department’s control,” said spokeswoman Janice Okubo.

The eight businesses were chosen in April to start up the state’s first medical cannabis dispensaries. Three of the dispensaries are going to be starting up on Oahu. Four are going to be even distributed to the Big Island as well as Maui. The final cannabis business is going to open on Kauai. Shane Peters, a spokesman for Kauai’s only dispensary Green Aloha Ltd., did not want to speak on the issue, however, he stated that he would be able to give some type of information in July.

“Green Aloha Ltd. is doing their best to open in a manner that allows their operation to exceed expectation,” Christopher Garth, executive director of the Hawaii Dispensary Alliance, a medical cannabis advocacy group, said. “Hopefully, we can have someone opening their doors that have a robust menu and quality tested products by the end of year.”

The Department of Health asks that the licenses have indoor facilities, twenty-four-hour security, as well as a certificate to own and manage cannabis, along with some other conditions. The businesses have been given permission to have two production centers and two retail dispensaries.

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