By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii patients may have easier access to medical marijuana now that nurses can certify them for the drug. Advocates say the change was needed because there's a shortage of doctors willing to certify patients.
Gov. David Ige signed a bill Monday updating the state's medical marijuana dispensary law.
The bill also fixes a tax loophole that would have entitled dispensaries to tax exemptions if they set up in enterprise zones.
Some advocates want further changes to Hawaii's law to allow dispensaries to sell edible marijuana products.
State law allows dispensaries to open July 15, but many dispensary owners are saying they won't open before the end of the year. That's because they haven't had enough time since licenses were awarded in April.