The Hawai’i State Department of Health updated its FAQ document today to in response to questions that it received through its official email account. This update addresses a new question, “How were the administrative rules drafted?”

The new section in its entirety reads:

Q. How were the administrative rules drafted?

A: The administrative rules were drafted by Department of Health staff with legal counsel provided by the Department of the Attorney General. It took many hours of dedicated staff time and effort to tediously translate the statute into interim rules that represented the intent of the legislation to ensure a safe product. The interim rules were exempted from the public hearing process as outlined in section 329D-27, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

DoH has stated that it will routinely update the FAQ Document concerning the dispensary licensing process based on the questions the Department receives by email.  To submit your own questions to the Department, send them in an email to



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DoH Updates FAQ Addressing “How the Administrative Rules Were Drafted”