It has been nearly a year since the state granted eight medical marijuana dispensary licenses, but it wasn't until last month that several licensees started pot production.

"We are currently growing medical marijuana, and finishing off our full production facilities. We will soon begin construction of our dispensary," said Manoa Botanicals CEO Brian Goldstein.

A backlog of construction projects isn't the only reason for the delay in ramping up Manoa Botanicals' indoor growing site and building its dispensary. "It is hard for anyone to give a starting date because there are 2 major milestones that need to be achieved by the state, before we can open our dispensary," said Goldstein.

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