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Hawaii’s Marijuana Industry Stagnant and Awaiting Marijuana Testing Labs

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Medical marijuana dispensaries were allowed to open a year ago in Hawaii, but not a single one has. Six approved growers were allowed to start growing. Three of those have medical marijuana ready for patients to purchase.

The Department of Health (DOH) hasn’t certified any labs to test the products for purity and potency, according to CT Post. The DOH expects to have labs certified this summer.

Helen Cho of Aloha Green Holdings Inc. said, “Everyone’s trying their best and working their hardest to build this industry, including the Department of Health. However, it has been a year, and it has been financially extremely taxing. If the delays continue for much longer, this industry may not have a fair chance of flourishing. If this goes on for a few more months, the financial hole that we’re in may be too deep for us to recover from.”

An industry update is expected this week at the State Capitol from the medical cannabis legislative oversight committee.