The process of setting up Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensaries is gearing up as the state Department of Health moves to adopt rules and then considers applications for business licenses to grow cannabis and run the dispensaries.

One of the entrepreneurs who has announced his intention to seek a license, Bill Jarvis, a telecommunications business owner, joined  the Pod Squad on Friday to talk with host Chad Blair and reporter Anita Hofschneider.

Gov. David Ige recently signed a bill that allows dispensaries in Hawaii for the first time, even though medical marijuana was legalized in the state 15 years ago. Until now, patients had to grow their own, get it from a designated caretaker or, as Jarvis said, “commit an illegal act” by buying it on the black market.

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