Maui Dispensary Forced to Suspend Sales at Hands of Lab Delay

Maui Grown Therapies, the states first licensed medical cannabis dispensary to receive the green light from the Department of Health, is putting a temporary halt on sales.

The company reported over the weekend that as a result of high demand and Hawai`i State Labs Division delays, the business has no other choice than to suspend sales.

A sell out of dried flowers in the first four days of business is causing the issue.

“We anticipated our most recent batch of cannabis flowers to clear lab certification on Saturday,” Maui Grown Therapies officials said. “That did not happen. Because of high demand, we’ve already sold out of dried flowers.”

On August 8, the dispensary became the first in the state to begin selling medical cannabis to registered patients, with the anticipation that general sales for walk-in customers at the Maui Lani Village Center would have begun on Monday.

As the dispensary awaits results from the State Labs Division, a planned closure will take place on Monday and Tuesday.

The business plans to reopen with the anticipated product on Wednesday at 12 p.m.

Dispensary officials also note that sales will only be conducted by appointment. A patient can make an appointment by visiting the Maui Growth Therapies website or by calling 866-7576.

A recent discovery that the State Labs Division has not certified a lab to test products other than flowers has led to a singular supply.

“We had planned to open with a full range of derivative products such as tinctures, oils, concentrates, capsules, and lotions, but at the eleventh hour, we discovered the State Labs Division had failed to certify a lab to test those products,” Maui Grown Therapies officials said. “So we are waiting. Again.”
Company officials noted via e-mail announcement that “….We are disappointed and frustrated but we will be back to serve you as soon as possible.”

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