- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on the selection process for Hawaii’s future medical marijuana dispensary owners (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health says it’s having delays in the process of selecting medical marijuana dispensary owners because of an issue with background checks. The announcement comes just seven days before the department is scheduled to announce the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary owners.

The department said Friday that each medical marijuana dispensary applicant has until Tuesday to submit fingerprints for background checks.

The department also says that one of the members of the five-person selection panel wasn’t able to fully participate in the selection process, and the scoring of Scientific Director of Keystone Laboratories John Fisher won’t be counted when awarding the licenses.

Director of Health Virginia Pressler says the review and selection of the applicants will continue with the remaining four panel members.


3:00 a.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health says it’s planning to release the names of Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensary owners next week.

The state Health Department says the five-member selection panel is scheduled to release the names April 15. Members of the panel include a University of Hawaii professor, the state’s Board of Agriculture chair and a retired Hawaii judge.

Actor and marijuana advocate Woody Harrelson and video game designer Henk Rogers are also among 59 Hawaii residents who applied for licenses in January.

Under a law passed in 2015, Hawaii will grant eight licenses for marijuana businesses, each of which can have two production centers and two dispensaries. Three licenses will be awarded for Oahu, two for Hawaii Island, two for Maui and one for Kauai.

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