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Hawaii Legislators Hurrying to Set Medical Marijuana Rules

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are considering dozens of proposals to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as a couple that could legalize recreational marijuana.

Nearly 16 years after Hawaii became the first state to legalize medical marijuana through the legislative process, the state is now less than three months away from issuing its first medical marijuana dispensary permits.

Under the law passed in 2015, the state will grant eight licenses across the islands. The law allows medical marijuana businesses to have two production centers and two retail dispensaries, for a total of 16 dispensaries statewide. Dispensaries are scheduled to be opened in July.

But some state lawmakers have concerns with the Hawaii Department of Health’s interim rules, which outline how medical marijuana businesses can operate. Lawmakers say they plan to address them this legislative session if the health department doesn’t make changes before dispensaries open. [Read more at the Cannabist at The Denver Post]

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