Hawai'i Department of Health approves first dispensary on Kaua'i to begin retail sales of medical cannabis

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a formal notice to proceed to Green Aloha, Ltd. dba Have a Heart after the Kaua‘i dispensary completed laboratory testing requirements and passed the final onsite inspection of its retail facility. Have a Heart is the sixth licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the state, and the first on Kauai, to receive approval to begin sales of medical cannabis to registered patients and their caregivers.

The licensed retail center for Have a Heart is located at 4-1565 Kuhio Highway in Kapaa. The dispensary expects to begin sales of indica, sativa and hybrid cannabis flower strains when it opens to registered patients and caregivers. At a later time, the dispensary plans to offer cannabidiol (CBD) hash, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) hash, lozenges, tinctures, topicals and other cannabis products.

“Having a medical cannabis dispensary open on Kauai expands options for registered patients and their caregivers, providing greater access to meet medical needs,” said Keith Ridley, who oversees DOH’s medical cannabis dispensary program and serves as chief of the Office of Health Care Assurance. “As dispensaries continue to open across the state, we remain committed to working collaboratively with the licensees to protect the safety of patients while ensuring an efficient and thorough inspection and certification process.”

“It’s a privilege to serve the people of Kauai by providing a safe and high-quality product for patients with the medical needs,” said Justin Britt, chief executive officer of Green Aloha, Ltd. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Department of Health to meet all state requirements to ensure the safety of products and the community.”

Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 329D and Hawai‘i Administrative Rules Chapter 11-850 govern the rigorous dispensary approval process to open and begin selling medical cannabis. To ensure the highest standards

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