Woody Harrelson had a dream to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii, where he has a residence.

The state said no.

The actor was not one of eight applicants recently approved by a Hawaii State Department of Health panel to open the state’s first medical shops.

Three licenses went to Honolulu-area applicants, two went to dispensaries in Hawaii and Maui counties, and one went to the County of Kauai, state officials said.

The storefronts can open July 15.

The state received 60 applications. Winners will each have to pay a $75,000 licensing fee.

“Upon the completion of the selection process and the awarding of licenses, the Department of Health will begin working with the selected licensees to ensure the safety of their products, and the safety of patients and the public,” said State Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler. “We look forward to improving access to marijuana fo
r registered patients who have medical needs, and increasing educational opportunities for healthcare professionals.”

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He’s a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor’s recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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