Woody Harrelson Denied Hawaii Cannabis License

Woody Harrelson has been denied a medical-marijuana dispensary license. Harrelson’s bid to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii was rejected on Friday, as the state approved eight of more than 60 applicants, officials said. The 54-year-old actor applied for the license back in February in Honolulu County on behalf of his company, Simply Organic Living.

The actor, who has spoken out in favor of cannabis and hemp for over a decade, and is on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, made headlines earlier this year when his application became public.

The Hawaii Department of Health released a list of approved applicants, with three in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, two on the Big Island, two on Maui and one on Kauai.  Applicants were required to have 1 million in cash, plus $100,000 for each of their dispensary locations. They also had to be residents of Hawaii for more than five years. The eight companies selected are required to pay a $75,000 licensing fee to the Department of Health within seven days.

In a statement, The Hawaii Department of Health said:

After receiving more than 60 applications in January, the department conducted a rigorous review and selection process. A four-member selection panel reviewed and scored applications based on thirteen merit criteria, some of which include the ability to operate a business, a plan and timeline for operations, proof of financial stability, ability to comply with security requirements, and capacity to meet patient needs.

A statement from the department did not specifically say why the actor’s application was denied. Harrelson’s spokesperson declined to comment on the decision. 

Hawaii became the first state to legalize medical marijuana through the legislative process 16 years ago. Under a law passed in 2015, the state could grant eight licenses.

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