The hand-sanitizing gels will be given free of charge to medical cannabis cardholders.
A medical cannabis product manufacturer and dispensary chain in Honolulu is doing its part to protect patients amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Aloha Holdings Inc., which operates as Aloha Green Apoth, announced it will use its cannabis concentrate production lines “to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels immediately.”
The hand-sanitizing gels, which are in short supply across North America as the coronavirus continues to spread, will be given free of charge to medical cannabis cardholders at Aloha Green dispensaries, effective immediately. Clients will be limited to one 50 ml bottle of the gel each daily until the facility increases production.
The company reported that its goal is to repurpose as many of its manufacturing lines as needed to supply Oahu’s first-responders, and patients, with free hand sanitizer over the course of the outbreak.
“Supporting our local community is a foundational goal for our company,” said Aloha Green CEO Jamie Lee. “Our cannabis medicines provide essential relief for so many patients and we hope patients will continue to feel safe at our dispensaries.”
Although per Hawaiian law, clients must possess a valid medical cannabis card to enter a licensed pot shop, although purchase is necessary to score a bottle of sanitizer.
That said, the company is reminding patients and their families that according to major health organizations, washing hands thoroughly with soap and water is the most effective means of keeping hands clean and avoiding the transmission of the virus. But using a 60 percent or higher, alcohol-based sanitizing solution, when handwashing is not possible, can also be an effective means of keeping hands clean and minimizing the chance of infection.
The company assured users the hand sanitizer will be cannabis-free.
Steps are also being taken in Canada to increase the dwindling supply of hand sanitizer, which is sold out at many if not most pharmacies and other retailers across the country.
Ovation Science Inc. recently announced that thanks to recent changes by the federal regulator implementing an interim measure facilitating the importation of hand sanitizer products, the company has increased its U.S. production of its DermSafe hand sanitizer. The aim is ramp up shipping to “all major Canadian hubs” from its facility in Nevada.
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Written by Emma Spears