While Hawaiian cannabis sales on Oahu started with Aloha Green in Honolulu on Aug. 9, 2017, the island of Oahu is now ready to welcome the opening of its second dispensary.
On Oct. 10, 2017, the Hawaii Department of Health announced that Mānoa Botanicals, dba Noa Botanicals, had met all of the lab testing requirements, passed its final inspection and received a formal notice to commence Hawaiian cannabis sales.
“We appreciate the rigorous process the state has instituted, and we are excited to open our doors to patients,” said Brian Goldstein, CEO of Noa Botanicals, as reported by Hawaii News Now.
According to an email issued by Noa Botanicals, the dispensary will have its grand opening on Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The dispensary will initially have four strains of flower available for purchase, but plans to have an additional four to six strains, plus manufactured products, available soon.
With two dispensaries having been approved for sales on Oahu and two on Maui, there are still four dispensaries going through the approval process that have yet to earn the final green light from the Department of Health for Hawaiian cannabis sales.
“We are continuing to closely work with both the licensed dispensaries and private laboratories in each of the counties to help them meet all of the requirements as efficiently as possible without compromising product or patient safety,” said Keith Ridley, Chief of the DOH’s Office of Health Care Assurance, who oversees the medical cannabis dispensary program, in a press release.