Pono Life Sciences Maui, LLC, one of two marijuana dispensaries recently approved for operation in Maui County, has introduced their Cannabis Education Center to the community. The team at Pono Life Sciences designed the facility to inform interested citizens about their soon-to-open dispensary, how cannabis may help alleviate certain conditions, and how their business will impact the local economy.

“We are continuously honored with this opportunity to provide scientifically-oriented medical cannabis products to the Maui community, helping individuals with debilitating diseases improve their quality of life,” said Michael Takano, Pono Life Maui’s chief executive officer, in a recent interview with Maui Now. “We will be introducing numerous strains of our cannabis to help patients of all ages dealing with unfortunate, and, at times seemingly unbearable discomfort. If we can just make life a little more comfortable for them, we are making an impact.”

Medical marijuana has been legal since the year 2000 in the state of Hawaii, although the dispensary program was not active until mid-2016. Qualifying conditions for cannabis therapies include: severe pain, cancer, glaucoma, inflammation, HIV/AIDs, seizures, persistent muscle spasms, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and wasting of the body due to chronic illness.

According to NORML, the medical marijuana laws in Hawaii allow for, “four ounces of usable marijuana at any given time, jointly possessed between the qualifying patient and the primary caregiver. ‘Usable marijuana’ does not include the seeds, stalks, and roots of the plant.” Home cultivation is limited to seven plants of any maturation state.

Pono Life Sciences will open for business in early 2017, offering a variety of cannabis strains developed to help any patient who may walk in the door.

“We are definitely duty bound to this community,” said Pono Life Maui Board Member, Dr. William Mitchell Jr. “Many of us involved with this project have lived and worked here on Maui for over 40 years. We are a coalition of local stakeholders aligned with local issues. It is our responsibility to serve this community well, extending the interests of public safety and public health.”