Green light for Green Aloha

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Health has issued a formal notice to proceed to Green Aloha Ltd., doing business as Have a Heart, after the Kauai dispensary completed laboratory testing requirements and passed the final onsite inspection of its retail facility.

Have a Heart is the sixth licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the state, and the first on Kauai, to receive approval to begin sales of medical cannabis to registered patients and their caregivers.

“It’s a privilege to serve the people of Kauai by providing a safe and high-quality product for patients with the medical needs,” said Justin Britt, CEO of Green Aloha Ltd. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Department of Health to meet all state requirements to ensure the safety of products and the community.”

The licensed retail center for Have a Heart is at 4-1565​ ​Kuhio​ ​Highway in Kapaa. The dispensary expects to begin sales of indica, sativa and hybrid cannabis flower strains when it opens to registered patients and caregivers. At a later time, the dispensary plans to offer cannabidiol hash, tetrahydrocannabinol hash, lozenges, tinctures, topicals and other cannabis products.

“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 DOH’s medical cannabis dispensary program and serves as chief of the Office of Health Care Assurance.

“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.”

Licensed dispensaries on Hawaii Island are expected to open retail facilities later this year.

Registered patients and their caregivers may purchase up to 4 ounces of medical cannabis during a 15-consecutive day period and purchase a maximum of 8 ounces over a 30-consecutive day period.

When bringing medical cannabis home after purchasing it from a dispensary, the medical cannabis must be in a sealed container and not visible to the public.

All use of medical cannabis must be on private property and may not be used in a car while on the road, at work, at the beach, on hiking trails, or in any other public space.

It is illegal to use or possess medical cannabis on any federally owned property such as military installations and national parks.

  1. billyjoebob May 20, 2018 12:36 am Reply

    At roughly 1/4 ounce per day, everyday, that’s enough to be able to ” share ” your medicine with a few others. For some it may truly be a medicine, but lets’ not try to fool anyone, really, for the most part it is still just dope.

  2. LMat May 21, 2018 9:07 am Reply

    Not really much of a step forward for any potential growth in understanding and appreciation and hopefully someday, decriminalization of, marijuana. The parameters mandated for the creation of the dispensaries ensured that Kauai’s medical marijuana industry would be monopolized.

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