Kailua-Kona's first medical marijuana dispensary opens Sunday – Hawaii Tribune-Herald (subscription)


KAILUA-KONA — Kailua-Kona’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens this weekend.

Hawaiian Ethos, one of only two businesses licensed to sell medical marijuana products on the Big Island, plans a grand opening celebration Sunday at its Olowalu Street dispensary in the Kaloko Light Industrial Area. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the Aloha Plaza parking lot will feature music, food trucks, activities and informational booths open to all — not just medical marijuana card holders.

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“It should be a really good time,” said Kea Keolanui, community relations coordinator at Hawaiian Ethos, adding that the company thanks the “community for their patience and support. This has been a long-awaited milestone for so many on the island and we are excited to begin operation.”

The event will allow interested people to learn from a variety of sources about the state’s medical cannabis program and what Hawaiian Ethos will offer at the dispensary. While the parking lot festivities are for all, only adults and caretakers with valid medical cannabis registration cards are permitted to enter the dispensary.

Hawaiian Ethos, which touts its science-based approach and sustainable growing practices, will offer at its dispensary a variety of Big Island-, sun-grown cannabis products, including tinctures, salves, rosin concentrates, cartridge concentrates for vaporizing and actual marijuana flower, which can be smoked or vaporized, with varying levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

Hawaiian Ethos CEO Luis Mejia declined to provide ranges of cost for products, but said, “We believe our pricing is going to be such that it will be affordable.”

Hawaiian Ethos on Sunday also launches its “Talk Medicine” app. The app allows the company to anonymously track medication sessions by asking users to confidentially input the type of product they used, how much and for what reason. After

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