The Hawaii Department of Health has recently issued its first provisional certificate to a medical cannabis testing laboratory, making another step toward the opening of the local dispensaries.
Steep Hill Hawaii, which is located in Honolulu, received its certificate on Monday. The lab will require four days for testing medical marijuana products and returning them to the producers, according to Dana Ciccone, the lab’s owner.
With the help of the new testing facility, the dispensaries that already have weed to test will be able to open their doors to customers quite soon. Aloha Green, one of the local dispensaries, is planning to test its products on Tuesday, according to its owner.
After the dispensaries receive the results of the testing, they will still need to pass another inspection by the Department of Health. The department’s officials will have to approve security procedures, monitor sales practices, and ensure the company is compliant with the state cannabis rules.
According to a Hawaii official, another two labs may also receive their testing certifications soon.
Hawaii has around 18,000 registered medical marijuana patients waiting for the opportunity to purchase cannabis through the state’s dispensaries.