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New Hawaii Law Allows For 8 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Statewide

Fifteen years after Hawaii legalized medical marijuana, the state plans to begin licensing pot dispensaries.

Until now, Hawaii’s 13,000 qualified patients had to grow their own marijuana or buy it on the black market.

Gov. David Ige signed the measure Tuesday, along with an accompanying bill that bans discrimination against medical marijuana patients. Both laws went into effect Wednesday, but it will take months for the state to draft rules to implement the licensing law.

“The bill sets a timeline,” Ige in a statement. “We will make a good-faith effort to create a fair process that will help the people most in need.” [Read more at the Los Angeles Times]

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