HONOLULU — The groups that plan to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii have all identified sites to grow their products, but none of the eight licensees has begun cultivating the plants because they haven’t been given a green light from the state Department of Health.
Accessed on 13 October 2016, 17:05 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press, Honolulu).
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Now that all eight licensed Hawaii medical marijuana dispensaries are ready to serve patients, there’s only one major roadblock preventing the opening of the facilities–permission to grow the plants.
According to AP reporter Cathy Bussewitz, the state doesn’t have “a software system to track the product from seed to sale.” The federal government requires tracking software before any medical marijuana can be planted. Hawaii Department of Health representative Keith Ridley says “the state is finalizing a contract for software…it’s very important that we get this software tracking system up and running as quickly as possible.”
Another sticky issue is the lack of laboratories to test medical marijuana products. So far, no labs have applied with the state to begin a testing program. Ridley adds that no medical marijuana can be sold from dispensaries until it’s tested by a certified laboratory.
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