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Woody Harrelson Applies To Open A Marijuana Dispensary

He wants to bring the Hunger Games to Hawaii.

Woody Harrelson is high on Hawaii.

The actor and marijuana advocate was one of almost 60 applicants vying to open up one of Honolulu County's first medical dispensaries. He'd open under his company name, Simple Organic Living, according to a state Department of Health statement.

The state will review applications and award them to eight applicants in April, about a year after the Hawaii Legislature passed a bill allowing dispensaries to open. Medical marijuana has been legal in the state for more than 15 years, but there had never been a way for patients to obtain it legally.

If selected, the "Cheers" and "Hunger Games" star will be able to open two production centers and two dispensaries, according to The Associated Press. Harrelson could also be up for some significant tax breaks using a loophole. He could set up in an "enterprise zone," which is used to reward employers who set up in economically depressed areas.

But for now, Harrelson appears to be in it for the weed rights. He's an outspoken advocate of marijuana and hemp. He even narrated a documentary called "Grass."

The AP reports:

Dispensaries are set to open in July. Six are allowed on Oahu, four on Hawaii Island, four on Maui and two on Kauai.

Hawaii became the first to legalize medical marijuana through the legislative process 16 years ago. Lawmakers have introduced laws to legalize recreational marijuana; however they don't think they're likely to pass this year.

The applicants included Henk Rogers, the developer of the video game "Tetris," and "Hawaii Stars" producer Dirk Fukushima.

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