To receive the go-ahead, the dispensary had to build a secure facility, operate a marijuana tracking system and receive authorizations from the state Narcotics Enforcement Division and the state Department of Public Safety, according to the health department.
Each dispensary can operate two production facilities — each allowed to grow up to 5,000 marijuana plants — and two retail centers.
“Hawaiian Ethos is committed to working with the state and county to comply with all laws and regulations to ensure the health, safety, and confidence of our workers, neighbors, and the entire community,” said Diana Hahn, the dispensary’s director of communications. “Our goal is to serve Hawaii Island residents by cultivating and producing a safe, consistent, and high-quality product that meets the medical needs of registered patients.”
While Hawaii legalized medical cannabis in 2000, the first dispensaries — opening on Oahu and Maui — didn’t begin operations until last year.
The Big Island dispensary is seeking to begin sales by the end of the year.
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