HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii said Tuesday that it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.

All of Hawaii's eight licensed dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by Oct. 1, the governor's office said.

The dispensaries will ask patients to use a debit payment app to buy their pot instead of cash.

The app is already an option for marijuana transactions in six states, including California and Colorado.

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Audrey McAvoy ~ Associated Press

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