Kauai’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Approved to Begin Sales

The dispensary—Hawaii's sixth to be licensed so far—is partnering with longtime Washington brand Have a Heart, which currently has five cannabis retail locations in that state. (Have A Heart/Leafly)

HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai’s first medical marijuana dispensary has received approval to begin sales on the island.

Have a Heart will open for business Monday after receiving approval from the state Department of Health late last week.

“Having a medical cannabis dispensary open on Kauai expands options for registered patients and their caregivers.”
Keith Ridley, Hawaii State Dept. of Health

The retail facility has completed laboratory testing requirements and passed the final onsite inspection.

It is the sixth license medical cannabis dispensary in Hawaii, the Garden Island reported.

“Having a medical cannabis dispensary open on Kauai expands options for registered patients and their caregivers, providing greater access to meet medical needs,” said Keith Ridley, who oversees the health department’s dispensary program, in a statement. “As dispensaries continue to open across the state, we remain committed to working collaboratively with the licensees to protect the safety of patients while ensuring an efficient and thorough inspection and certification process.”

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The Green Aloha Ltd.’s store will sell indica, sativa and hybrid cannabis flower strains to registered patients and caregivers, the Star-Advertiser reported. As the company website notes, Green Aloha has partnered with Have a Heart, which currently has five retail cannabis locations in Washington state.

It expects to offer cannabidiol, or CBD, hash and tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, hash, lozenges, tinctures, topicals and other cannabis products in the future.

Registered patients and their caregivers are allowed to buy up to 4 ounces (113 grams) of medical cannabis during a 15-consecutive day period and up to 8 ounces (227 grams) over a 30-consecutive day period.

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They are required to store cannabis products in a sealed container and keep them from public view.

The other licensed dispensaries that have also been approved to open for business are Maui Grown Therapies and Pono Life Sciences Maui LLC on Maui and Aloha Green, Noa Botanicals and Cure Oahu in Honolulu. Dispensaries on the Big Island are expected to open later this year.