The first retail medical cannabis pharmacy in Lahaina opened today after the Department of Health issued a formal notice last week to continue retailing Maui Grown Therapies, which opened Hawaii’s first such operation in August 2017.
The Maui Grown Express Lahaina is located at 1087 Limahana Place, Unit 4B and is only open to registered patients by appointment who pre-order at mauigrown.com. The opening times are Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It is the 16th licensed medical cannabis retail center in the state and the third on Maui that houses 19% of the state’s registered patients, Michele Nakata, director of the DOH pharmacy licensing division, said in a press release.
Maui Grown and Pono Life Sciences Maui LLC both have pharmacies in Kahului.
As of February 28, there were 31,853 registered medical cannabis patients nationwide, according to the DOH. The primary reported condition in registered adult patients is severe pain; In children under the age of 18, the primary reported conditions are seizures and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The other licensed retail centers in the state include six on Oahu. Aloha Green Apothecary has two pharmacies in Honolulu and one in Waikiki; and Noa Botanicals has locations in Aiea, Honolulu and Kaneohe.
Hawaii Island also has six pharmacies. Hawaiian Ethos and Big Island Grown Dispensaries have locations in Hilo, Kailua-Kona, and Waimea, respectively.
Green Aloha operates the only Kauai pharmacy in Kapaa.
State law allows registered patients and their caregivers to purchase no more than 4 ounces of medicinal cannabis in a 15-day period and up to 8 ounces of medicinal cannabis over a 30-day period. The medical cannabis must be transported home in a sealed container after purchase and must not be visible to the public.
Medicinal cannabis use must be privately owned. It is illegal to use a vehicle on the street, at work, on the beach, on hiking trails, or in other public areas. It is also illegal to use or possess medical cannabis on federal property such as military facilities and national parks.
For more information on the Medical Cannabis Dispensary Program, visit health.hawaii.gov/medicalcannabis.