HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health has issued a formal notice to proceed to Lau Ola LLC, dba Big Island Grown Dispensaries for its third licensed medical cannabis dispensary retail center after passing its final onsite inspection. The company’s third retail center is in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island.
There are now a total of eleven licensed retail dispensary locations operating on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island. Big Island Grown Dispensaries opened its second retail location in Waimea earlier this year in March and its first retail center opened in Hilo in January.
“Big Island Grown’s Kona dispensary further expands the accessibility of cannabis for medical use for registered patients,” said Michele Nakata, supervisor of DOH’s Medical Cannabis Dispensary Licensing Program. “We continue to work with licensees to ensure the sale of safe products that comply with state laws and regulations.”
There are more than 26,000 patients and over 2,000 caregivers registered statewide. Nearly 30 percent of these patients and 22 percent of the caregivers reside on Hawaii Island.
As of June 30, 2019, there were approximately 7,611 registered patients and 445 caregivers on Hawaii Island. The primary qualifying medical condition reported for adult registered patients is severe pain. The primary reported condition for children under 18 years of age is seizures.
On Kauai, Green Aloha Dispensary is at 4-1565 Kuhio Highway. It received its notice to proceed on May 18, 2018.