Interview & Photos by Lance Arinaga
Transcription by Maria Archilla
August is a big month for weed. Medical marijuana dispensaries are finally opening, and it only took two years after Act 241 passed. But it’s been a little bit of a mess. As of now, there are only two dispensaries opened in Hawaii: one on Maui, and one on Oahu. In a matter of days since opening, both dispensaries were forced to close temporarily due to low supply. Local trade association Hawaii Dispensary Alliance is trying to avoid these issues. Headed by executive director Chris Garth, the Hawaii Dispensary Alliance is devoted to advancing Hawaii’s cannabis industry for everyone, from patients to businesses. Lance Arinaga spoke to Garth about the struggles of starting a new industry, the inner machinations of bureaucracy, and the future for cannabis.