Woody Harrelson Denied Permission To Open Pot Business

Woody Harrelson has been turned down for his bid to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii. The Oscar-nominated actor was rejected on his application to begin the marijuana business this past Friday. Eight of over 60 applicants were accepted; unfortunately, Harrelson was not one of the eight.

The Cheers actor had applied for the license to dispense marijuana due to his role in the company Simple Organic Living LLC. Reuters shares the process Harrelson has gone through to get to this point of a flat-out rejection.

“The actor, who for more than a decade has spoken in favor of pot and is on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, made national headlines earlier this year when his application became public.”

The Hawaii Department of Health released a list of applicants that were approved, which included three in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, along with two on the Big Island, two more on Mani, and one on Kauai.

The department did not share any specific reasons for turning down Harrelson’s business application. The publication relays the law that was passed within Hawaii last year which has allowed for the legal sale of marijuana.

“The Hawaii legislature last year approved the creation of medical marijuana dispensaries. More than 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana and four of those states also allow recreational pot use, but the drug is banned under federal law.”

Woody has made it known that he is in favor of legalizing marijuana and has been advocating in support of this for a decade now. Harrelson is on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and made headlines earlier in the year when news that he would be putting forth the application became public.

Others who applied for the license include video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers, for his company Blue Planet Foundation; Dirk Fukushima, producer of the local television show Hawaii Stars; and former University of Hawaii Regent Charles Kawakami.

Those who were selected were required to have a million dollars in cash before they applied for a license and to also have an additional $100,000 for each dispensary location. Additionally, all applicants must have been residents of Hawaii for more than five years.

Woody Harrelson certainly seems like he’d be a great buddy to have around to party and have a drink or two with. Jennifer Lawrence, Harrelson’s costar within the Hunger Games films, recently shared about a wild night that involved her and Harrelson enjoying a few too many at her L.A. home. Esquire shares the words of the star about her drinking buddy, Woody.

“I don’t have the tolerance to black out; I just start puking. Woody cut his foot. He stayed over in one of my guest bedrooms, but that’s where I started puking. I broke a candle because I can’t just puke like a normal person—I flay my arms everywhere. And I didn’t clean it up because I’m an a**hole. The next day he cut his foot open. I was like, ‘F**k, am I going to get sued?’ And he’s like, ‘Are you going to ask if I’m okay?’ That night got crazy.”

That does sound like it was a crazy night for the former costars. Jennifer Lawrence seems to have become everyone’s favorite drinking buddy these days. She has become quite close with funny girl Amy Schumer. The stars are currently working on finding a director for their upcoming movie that they co-wrote. An entertaining trio for a great drinking session would be Lawrence, Schumer, and Harrelson.

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