Woody Harrelson was one of nearly 70 applicants who recently applied to open one of Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensaries. The actor applied for a license in Honolulu County under his company, Simple Organic Living.
The Hawaii Department of Health posted the list of 66 applications on its website Friday. The state will review the proposals and award dispensary permits in April. Those accepted may open their businesses in July.
If selected, dispensary applicants are required to have $1 million dollars in cash before applying for a license, plus $100,000 for each dispensary location. All applicants must have been Hawaii residents for more than five years.
In 2015, a new law was passed that would allow the state to grant a total of eight licenses for marijuana business owners across the islands. According to the Associated Press, the law allows medical marijuana businesses to have two production centers and two retail dispensaries, for a total of 16 dispensaries statewide. Six are allowed on Oahu, four on Hawaii Island, four on Maui and two on Kauai.
Among other applicants include Dirk Fukushima, producer of the local television show “Hawaii Stars”, video game entrepreneur Henk Rogersand and former University of Hawaii Regent Charles Kawakami.