Seventeen years from law to dispensaries

The Maui News

June 2000: Hawaii is the first state in the U.S. to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana. However, no system was set up for patients to easily obtain the marijuana.

July 2015: Gov. David Ige signs into law a bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the state and another bill to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for patients.

April 2016: The state Department of Health issues eight medical marijuana dispensary licenses — three for the City and County of Honolulu; two each for Hawaii and Maui counties; and one for Kauai. Maui Wellness Group LLC, doing business as Maui Grown Therapies, and Pono Life Sciences Maui LLC are the two licensees for Maui.

February 2017: Maui Grown Therapies was the first to receive the state’s Notice to Proceed with Cultivation for its Upcountry facility. In the same month, Pono Life Sciences became the fourth licensee to receive notice from the state to acquire and cultivate marijuana.

Aug. 8, 2017: Maui Grown Therapies is given the green light to sell medical cannabis to registered patients and caregivers having fulfilled all the requirements and inspections. It is the first dispensary in the state to begin selling products.