It has been a long, arduous, 17-year wait for patients seeking medical cannabis in Hawaii.

But finally, the wait is over as Honolulu just announced that it will be opening its first medical cannabis dispensary this week, and that’s fantastic news for thousands of people.

The dispensary that received approval from the Department of Health in Hawaii is called Maui Grown Therapies, and they will be the first company ever in Hawaii to dispense cannabis legally.

Teri Freitas Gorman, director of community relations and patient affairs for Maui Grown Therapies, told reporters, “Clearly this is a historic day not just for Maui but for the state of Hawaii. This is the first time in Hawaii that patients will be able to buy lab-tested, quality-assured medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary. We’re so excited.”

For the time being, patients at the new dispensary have been seen by appointment only, but that’s set to change immediately, as they roll out their walk-in sales program in about a week’s time.

Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health, said in a statement to the press, “This is an important day for qualified patients and caregivers on Maui who now have assurance the medical cannabis they purchase at Maui Grown Therapies has been thoroughly tested and is safe for them to use. Implementing a new health program is always challenging, and the dispensary program was no exception.”

Even though Hawaii officially approved provisions for medical cannabis back in 2000, making it officially the first US state to do so, it failed to legalize dispensaries until 2015. That measn that patients needed to either grow their own or buy from the black market for the past 17 years.

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