It’s been 15 years since Hawaii legalized medical marijuana, but now the island state finally plans to roll out dispensaries.
Hawaiian Gov. David Ige signed a bill on Tuesday that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to legally operate, reports the LA Times.
Ige also signed an accompanying bill banning discrimination against medical marijuana patients.
“The bill sets a timeline,” said Ige in a statement. “We will make a good-faith effort to create a fair process that will help the people most in need.”
The state will license eight dispensaries that can begin opening its doors to patients by November 2016, according to the state’s Department of Health.
“I think there’s growing recognition among lawmakers that this is just common sense,” said Paul Armentan, deputy director of the NORML Foundation, in an interview with the Times. “If we can agree that cannabis is therapeutic for patients, it’s only logical that we agree that it’s regulated so that patients can readily access it on a secure and safe environment.”