The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) announced this week that it’s given approval to Maui Wellness Group to open a new medical marijuana dispensary on Maui.
The DOH announced that the new dispensary will open its doors on Friday, and it will be located at 1215 South Kihei Road. It is the ninth medical marijuana dispensary approved for Maui, and the fourth operated by the Maui Wellness Group. However, one of the Group’s locations in Lahaina was destroyed by wildfires in August.
“Maui Grown Therapies’ new dispensary will provide much-needed access to patients on Maui, especially as its Lahaina dispensary was destroyed in the Lahaina wildfires”, Liam Gimon, Dispensary Licensing Supervisor for DOH, said in a statement.
Pono Life Sciences also operates four dispensaries in Maui, in Kahului, Wailuku, Paia and Kihei.
According to data released by DOH, there are over 30,000 medical marijuana patients in Hawaii, with 5,300 residing in Maui. In addition, there are 2,682 statewide medical marijuana caregivers; 465 on Maui.
Earlier his year Hawaii’s Legislature unanimously approved a measure that made several changes to the state’s medical marijuana law, including requiring that written certifications for a patient with a chronic condition be valid for three years, and removing the requirement “that a certifying physician or advanced practice registered nurse have a “bona fide” physician-patient or advanced practice registered nurse-patient relationship to certify that a patient has a debilitating medical condition.”
The measure also amended the definition of “manufactured cannabis product” to include devices that provides safe pulmonary administration, edible cannabis products, and pre-rolled cannabis flower products, and it established a Medical and Adult Use of Cannabis Working Group that will be submitting a report to the legislature in the coming session.