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Hawaii pot dispensaries can legally open, but none are ready

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Medical marijuana dispensaries can now legally open in Hawaii, but not one is ready to do so.

The state Department of Health says none of the state's eight dispensaries has been approved to open.

One big hurdle is the state hasn't certified a lab to test the dispensaries' products.

Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo says the state hasn't received any applications from interested laboratories.

Medical marijuana was legalized in Hawaii more than 15 years ago. But the state only legalized dispensaries last year.

There's a long list of steps before dispensaries can open. They have to set up an indoor crop growing facility, get building permits and get a certificate from narcotics enforcement.

Some dispensary and lab executives say they hope to open by the end of 2016.

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