Just days after Governor Ige signed a bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii, dozens of businesses are setting up shop at the Hawaii Cannabis Expo in the Hawaii Convention Center.
The three-day event got underway Friday night with a panel discussion involving state lawmakers, attorneys and even pot growers, among others.
With more than a thousand medical marijuana registration cars already being issued each month in Hawaii, an entirely new and large wave of business opportunities is also coming up.
Biotrack THC is among more than three dozen vendors that will be setting up shop Saturday and Sunday at the convention center, and while new to Hawaii, most of the vendors already operate in other states on the mainland that have also legalized marijuana use for either medical or recreational purposes.
Alan Chu of Cornerstones Financial didn’t sign up to be a vendor, but he’s hoping to capitalize on a growing industry.
“What we want to do is be able to provide the same quality insurance services to this up-and-coming industry,” he said. “If you hire employess, the state require worker’s comp, employee benefits, that type of thing, so we’re here to provide the services.
If you want to check it out, the Hawaii Cannabis Expo continues this weekend from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on the second floor of the convention center.