Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson is one of approximately 60 applicants competing to open one of Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensaries, according to reports.

The Associated Press reported on Saturday (February 6th) that the 54 year old star, a long-term advocate of the medical benefits of marijuana and campaigner for its legalisation, has applied for a licence in Honolulu County under his company’s name, Simple Organic Living, after the Hawaii Department of Health posted the full list of 66 applications it has received on Friday.

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson at the 2015 premiere of 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2'

The state is to review the applications and grant them to eight successful contenders in April, almost a year after the Hawaii legislature passed a bill allowing such medical dispensaries to open. Marijuana has been legal in the state for 15 years, but patients have never had a lawful method to actually obtain it in all that time.

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If he is successful, the ‘True Detective’ and former ‘Cheers’ star will have the right to open two productions centres and two dispensaries. If he sets up in an ‘enterprise zone’ and brings business to an economically deprived area, he could also benefit from government tax breaks.

However, Harrelson would appear to be in it for more than money, and given his passion on the subject could use it to direct increased publicity to the legalisation debate. He’s been a resident of Hawaii for a number of years now, and has for a long time spoken about the benefits of marijuana and hemp. He also narrated a documentary movie on the subject called Grass, released in 1999.

Other applications have been submitted by Henk Rogers, famous for developing the iconic video game Tetris, and ‘Hawaii Stars’ producer Dirk Fukushima.

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