Hawaii Now Accepting Medical Cannabis License Applications

Those seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii can now access the application online at

The state will be accepting applications through the website from Saturday, January 12th until Friday, January 29th at 4:30 p.m. H.S.T. The application fee is $5,000 per submittal.

Hawaii’s medical marijuana law allows the Department of Health to grant, initially, just eight licenses. The City and County of Honolulu will get three, Hawaii and Maui counties will get two, and Kaua’i County will receive one.

Once approved, those awarded a dispensary license will be able to run no more than two production facilities and two retail locations. The Department of Health said that it expects to announce those chosen for licensing by April 15th. Dispensaries are expected to open in mid-July.

Keith Ridley, chief of the Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance, said in a press release that “applicants should be careful to follow the online application instructions completely. The online process is straightforward and follows Chapter 329D of the Hawai’i Revised Statutes and Chapter 11-850 of the Hawai’i Administrative Rules.”

More information about the medical marijuana licensing process can be found here.

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