Despite medical legalization, Hawaii’s Big Island lacks marijuana dispensaries

It’s been a yr since Hawaii’s first authorized sale of marijuana and almost 20 years because the state permitted it for medical use, however no retail dispensaries have begun promoting on the Big Island.

Six out of eight dispensaries have opened on all the key islands besides Hawaii island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. It’s the island with the second-most medical marijuana sufferers, behind Oahu.

A dispensary was anticipated to open on the Big Island as early as December 2016, however that was pushed again by county allowing and different authorities necessities.

Another problem dispensaries are dealing with is geography.

Two companies have run into points with satisfactory water provide for firefighting, reported Robert Perreira, battalion chief of the Hawaii Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau.

“They put it in locations that didn’t have the proper infrastructure,” he stated. “One facility ended up having to put in their very own water supply and hearth pump, which took a very long time.

“Then the other facility also had issues with water supply and also had operational issues they needed to get through.”

Meanwhile, Hawaiian Ethos, one of many dispensaries anticipating to open on the Big Island, is getting inquiries from sufferers who’ve been ready for dispensaries to reach, stated Zachary Taffany, Hawaiian Ethos’ chief working officer.

“Both licensees on the Big Island still haven’t received permission to cultivate,” he stated.

Richard Ha, a Big Island farmer and CEO of the opposite dispensary, Lau Ola, can also be desperate to get began after spending time on a number of allowing delays.

“It just kills us to delay,” Ha stated. “But if we need to have a long-term profitable operation, we received to do it simply exactly.

“The longer it takes to get cash flow in, the scarier it is.”

– Associated Press


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