image Hawaii Governor David Ige has signed House Bill 321 into law, legalizing medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the state. The measure was signed on Tuesday, and went into effect on Wednesday.

The proposal, which was approved[1] 24 to 0 in the Senate, and 38 to 13 in the House of Representatives, legalizes the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers.

The proposal authorizes 16 dispensaries – and 16 production centers – throughout the state, with any medical cannabis patient able to purchase from them. The Department of Health is the entity tasked with licensing the outlets, which they’re expected to do early next year.

Dispensaries are expected to be open by November, 2016.



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