State OKs 5th medical pot dispensary

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health has approved a second medical cannabis retail facility for Oahu licensee Aloha Green Apothecary. The facility, 2113 Kalakaua Avenue, Unit 103, in Waikiki, passed its final onsite inspection Thursday.

There are now 12 licensed retail medical cannabis dispensary locations operating throughout the state: five on Oahu, one on Kauai, two on Maui and four on Hawai‘i Island. Aloha Green opened Oahu’s first medical cannabis license retail center in August 2017.

There are more than 26,700 patients and over 2,100 caregivers registered statewide. More than 40 percent of these patients and 50 percent of the caregivers reside on Oahu.

As of July 31, there were about 11,414 registered patients and 1,086 caregivers on Oahu. The primary qualifying medical condition reported for adult registered patients in Hawaii is severe pain. The primary reported condition for children under 18 years of age is seizures.

Since out-of-state patients could begin registering for temporary medical cannabis use in Hawaii in March 2019, there have been more than 1,000 applicants from 25 states and the District of Columbia approved.

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