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Hawaii pot dispensaries expected to open later this year

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - State officials say they have yet to inspect Hawaii's eight licensed medical marijuana businesses, making it unlikely that the dispensaries will open by July 15, the earliest date legislators had allowed them to begin selling their products.

The Garden Island reports that Department of Health officials say they are uncertain when each licensee will open up shop.

The eight businesses were selected in April to open the state's first medical marijuana dispensaries. Three of the businesses are opening on Oahu, while the Big Island and Maui will both have two of the businesses. One medical dispensary was selected to open on Kauai.

The DOH requires the licensees to have enclosed indoor facilities, 24-hour security, and a certificate to possess and handle marijuana, among other conditions.

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