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Hawaii Department of Health Publishes Medical Marijuana Rules

Hawaii’s Department of Health on Tuesday released 63 pages of rules governing medical marijuana dispensaries, detailing the application process, security, quality control, auditing of records and operations for grow centers and dispensaries.

The rules are detailed, but they’re not enough to satisfy a group of Kohala residents who say their voices will be heard come Election Day, and possibly in the courts as well.

Jeff Coakley, president of the North Kohala Community Association, said rules requiring medical marijuana to be grown in an “enclosed indoor facility” are not enough to allay concerns about an increase in crime and the disruption of what currently is a quiet rural community. Coakley said the association is meeting with other community groups throughout the state and on the mainland, and might challenge the new law in court.

The state Legislature and Gov. David Ige earlier this year paved the way for eight dispensaries statewide. Two licensees on the Big Island will each be able to operate two production centers, with a maximum of 3,000 plants on each, and two dispensaries.

There are approximately 13,800 registered medical marijuana users in the state, with most living on the Big Island. [Read more at the Hawaii Tribune Herald]

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