Hawai‘i’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Open on O‘ahu and Maui
Fred Rickert makes history, as Aloha Green and Maui Grown Therapies inaugurate medical cannabis storefronts where card holders can legally buy.
Photos: Courtesy of Aloha Green
Fred Rickert. Remember the name for future trivia nights.
Because when Maui Grown Therapies in Kahului opened its doors Tuesday, Aug. 8, 74-year-old Rickert was first in line—and will forever be known as the first man to legally buy pot in Hawai‘i.
On Aug. 9, Aloha Green opened its dispensary at 1314 S. King St.
As in the case of all dispensaries, only those who hold a 329 card and show a government-issued ID may enter. (Employees must undergo law enforcement background checks.)
For the moment, all the dispensaries can sell are dried flowers, 4 ounces every 15 days per patient. The only lab certified to test samples, Steep Hill on O‘ahu, is not yet approved for testing cannabis products such as lotions, lozenges and tinctures.
No one who has witnessed the saga of medical marijuana in Hawai‘i will ever say it’s over. (And for good reason: It’s still a Schedule I controlled substance.) But for the moment, patients with qualifying conditions, including cancer, chronic pain, wasting disease, Crohn’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, PTSD and glaucoma, can enjoy legal access to an increasingly accepted medication and alternative to opioids.