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Ask the Mayor: Should Marijuana Dispensaries Register with the County?

June 14, 2015, 12:00 PM HST · Updated June 22, 8:25 AM
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Hawai’i Island police dismantled an underground bunker marijuana-growing operation in Puna and arrested two individuals at the Glenwood home after serving a search warrant on Thursday. Police described the building as a sophisticated operation measuring 40 by 80 feet, and containing more than 500 marijuana plants. Photo courtesy Hawaii Police Department.

Photo courtesy Hawaii Police Department.

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Aloha Mayor:

Q: Does a marijuana dispensary need to be registered with the county?

A: No, the county is not involved. Hawaiʻi’s “Medical Use of Marijuana” program is administered by the state Department of Health. Thus, DOH is the authority that issues and enforces the dispensary law. You can visit the DOH website to read more about the medical marijuana program.

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Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email at [email protected], by phone at 270-7855 or by mail to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.

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