Actor and marijuana advocate Woody Harrelson was one of nearly 60 applicants to apply to open one of Hawaii's first medical marijuana dispensaries.

Harrelson applied for a license in Honolulu County under his company, Simple Organic Living.

The Hawaii Department of Health posted the list of 66 applications on its website on Friday.

The state is now reviewing applications for dispensary permits, which they will award in April.


Hawaii became the first to legalise medical marijuana through the legislative process 16 years ago.

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Under a law passed in 2015, the state will grant eight licenses for marijuana business owners across the islands.

The law allows medical marijuana businesses to have two production centres and two retail dispensaries, for a total of 16 dispensaries statewide.

Dispensaries are scheduled to open in July.