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Hawaii's Largest Aquaponics Farm Looking to Grow Medical Marijuana

Mari’s Garden in Central Oahu, which is one of the largest aquaponics farms in the United States, could be adding a medical marijuana growing operation to its mix, according to public documents.

ERBA Wellness, headed by an owner of Mari’s Garden and its consultant, who have applied with the state Department of Health to become one of three medical marijuana dispensaries on Oahu, plan to grow their products at the Mililani farm, according to a recent presentation by the group at the Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu Neighborhood Board.

Currently, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana and most of the products are grown indoors with a high carbon footprint, according to the presentation, which noted that it’s estimated that the U.S. electricity use for marijuana production is equivalent to an average of two million homes.

Hawaii legalized medical marijuana use in 2000 and there are currently 13,833 patients using medical marijuana, but patients were...

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