Last week, history was made as Hawaii’s first medical dispensary opened its doors. After waiting nearly two decades, it’s needless to say that patients couldn’t wait to get their hands on the legal herb. An exciting time indeed. But now, less than a week since opening, Maui Grown Therapies is already sold out and has no choice but to close their doors as they wait on the Department of Health’s State Labs Division to clear a backlog of products.
Hawaii’s first medical dispensary sells out in less than a week
It only took seventeen years, but Hawaii finally opened its first-ever medical dispensary on Tuesday. Patients were able to have access to legal weed at last. But now, the wait is back on as Maui Grown Therapies is already sold out.
Maui Grown Therapies says their most recent batch of flowers should have cleared state lab certification on Saturday. But that just wasn’t the case, according to The Maui News. As for the first batch, company officials said that it completely sold out on Saturday. And they have only been open less than a week.
To begin with, the dispensary could only sell flowers. As a result, flower stocks were exhausted, and patients were let down.
It turns out that they are waiting on the Department of Health’s State Labs Division to clear the backlog of products. That way, patients can access quality-assured medicinal cannabis products.
Maui Grown Therapies was forced to close
Maui Grown Therapies has no choice but to close until noon Wednesday. Also, they will only be selling to patients that make an appointment via their website.
Maui Grown Theraparies fully intended to provide a broad range of products, from topicals to concentrates, to their patients. But because of the State Labs Division’s failure to certify a lab to conduct testing of manufactured goods, that couldn’t happen, says Christopher Cole, director of product management,
We had planned to open with a full range of derivative products such as concentrates, oils, capsules and topical products, but at the eleventh hour we discovered that the State Labs Division had failed to certify a lab to conduct testing of manufactured products.
State offices were not open on Saturday, and no one was able to reach state Health Department officials for comment. Cole says the products are there. But due to restrictions placed on the state’s only licensed lab, they cannot get them out to patients at this time,
We could serve thousands of patients with the amount of manufactured product we currently have available for final compliance testing.
Even though we were approved by the Department of Health on May 24 to manufacture cannabis products, the restrictions placed on the state’s only licensed lab have prevented us from offering these products to our patients – and it is entirely unclear to us when this will change.
At first, the dispensary’s hours were 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. But now they will only be open from noon to 6 p.m. until further notice.