After a long waited period, marijuana dispensaries are coming to be in Hawaii. The Department of Health approved Maui Grown Therapies to start the sales of medical cannabis on Tuesday.
According to the director of community relations and patients affairs, the approved dispensary sold the drug to patients for about two hours on Tuesday but stopped in a bid to manage the new development properly.
Freitas Gorman said it’s indeed a historic day in Hawaii at large. It’s the first time in Hawaii that patients can purchase quality-assured cannabis from a dispensary licensed by the state.
The dispensary at Maui registered patients earlier and kicked off the sales of medical marijuana on Tuesday. They sealed about 22 transactions, and their patients were happy, though they experienced some glitches with the software. According to Freitas Gorman, each gram of medical marijuana was sold for $20, and a quarter ounce sold for $90 to $125 in line with the strain. Walk in sales will commence in a week’s time.
Department of Health speaks on the marijuana dispensary
The director of the state Department of Health, Virginia Pressler said that it’s a remarkable day for patients who are qualified, as well health care providers on Maui. They can now purchase tested and certified health-friendly marijuana at Maui Grown Therapies. In a statement, Pressler said that kicking off a new health campaign is not easy, and it was also seen in the dispensary program.
Hawaii approved medical marijuana in 2000, but not the dispensaries. Almost about 18,000 patients had to grow their drug or find it themselves. Last year, Hawaii issued licenses to eight dispensaries for medical marijuana in the islands. These dispensaries started to grow it but didn’t sell it because the state hadn’t approved any lab.
The department of health inspected the Honolulu-based dispensary on Tuesday and approved it to commence sales of medical marijuana on Wednesday.
The dispensary pointed out that the price will be judged based on the surrounding conditions in Hawaii – high power bills, substantial taxes, lab testing and delayed sales.