Hawaii’s Department of Health (DOH) has approved the fifth medical cannabis dispensary on Hawaii island this week.

Hawaiian Ethos LLC opened its second retail center at Uilani Plaza, 64-1035 Mamalahoa Hwy., Unit J, in Waimea on Tuesday. The company’s first location opened in June 2019 in Kailua-Kona.

The dispensary’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and a grand opening celebration will open to the public in the parking lot of Uilani Plaza on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Access to the dispensary will be limited to patients and caregivers with 329 Cards.

“We already use natural sunlight to grow medicine, but we will soon be meeting our ancillary electricity needs with solar power, putting us on track to be the first dispensary in Hawaii to have a carbon-neutral grow,” said Hawaiian Ethos Communications Director, Diana Hahn.

There are now 13 licensed retail dispensary locations operating on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii island.

DOH officials have said that Hawaii island represents 29% of patients and 22% of caregivers registered statewide. There are approximately 8,018 registered patients and 502 caregivers on the island as of Jan. 31.

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