23 July 2016
AP has reported….. Medical marijuana dispensaries can now legally open in Hawaii, but not one is ready to do so.
The state Department of Health said none of the state’s eight dispensaries was approved to open by July 15, the first day they were allowed by law.
One big hurdle is the state hasn’t certified a lab to test the dispensaries’ products.
“On the dispensary front, they’re all doing their best to open their doors with as diverse a product line to serve all of the many needs of the patients and all the qualifying conditions that are out there,” said Chris Garth, executive director of the Hawaii Dispensary Alliance. “Until those products can be tested in a clinical capacity, no dispensary will be able to open their doors, no matter how perfect their product is.”
The state hasn’t yet received any applications from interested laboratories, said Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the Department of Health.
Spectra Analytical Lab is working on an application, but the lab needs to be certified as meeting international standards, said Michael Covington, lead chemist.