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Kauai’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Approved to Begin Sales

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The first medicinal cannabis dispensary on the island of Kauai, Hawaii has received approval to begin medical cannabis sales.

After completing all laboratory testing requirements and passing a final on-site inspection, Have A Heart was approved late last week by the state Hawaii State Department of Health to immediately begin medicinal cannabis sales. Have a Heart is the sixth licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Hawaii, and the first on the island of Kauai.  

“Having a medical cannabis dispensary open on Kauai expands options for registered patients and their caregivers, providing greater access to meet medical needs,” said Keith Ridley, who oversees the health department’s dispensary program. “As dispensaries continue to open across the state, we remain committed to working collaboratively with the licensees to protect the safety of patients while ensuring an efficient and thorough inspection and certification process.”

Have a Heart is expected to offer indica, sativa and hybrid cannabis flower strains in addition to a variety of CBD products, topicals and tinctures. Registered patients can purchase up to four ounces of cannabis during a 15-day consecutive period, and a maximum of eight ounces over a 30-day consecutive period. After purchase, all medical cannabis must be stored in a sealed container and not visible to the public.

Hawaii legalized medical cannabis in 2000, with the signing of Act 228 into law. The law, however, did not set up a regulatory framework for dispensaries and cannabis dispensaries were not legalized until 2015 with the passing of the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program of Hawaii. The first medical cannabis dispensary in Hawaii opened in August 2017 on the island of Maui.

Other licensed dispensaries have been approved to open on Maui and in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Dispensaries on the Big Island are expected to open later this year.

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