MCCHI is your support group–a free, private group for medical cannabis patients and caregivers – shaped by your needs. Listen, learn, network, and share best practices with others from around Hawai‘i and know that you are not alone!
Join MCCHI (itʻs free and confidential) to:
- Stay informed about the latest developments in Hawaii’s medical cannabis program, including proposed changes or threats to existing law.
- Learn how you can help expand the medical cannabis program, and fight back dangerous restrictions.
- Share best practices with other patients, caregivers and doctors.
- Access information on the latest medical cannabis laws and research in Hawai‘i and from around the world.
- Receive a yearly reminder via email, phone, or mail–whatever works best for you–when your medical cannabis registration is due to be renewed.
- Have the opportunity to amplify YOUR voice to ensure that the medical cannabis program effectively serves the people of Hawai‘i.
The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii is co-founder of the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii – congratulations on 20 years serving Hawaii!
The Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i’s 20th Anniversary Event
Friday, November 1, 2013
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Kapi`olani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road
Ohelo Building ~ Ka`ikena Laua`e Room
HONOLULU – Thursday, October 17, 2013 – In the last twenty years, Hawai`i has enacted drug policy reforms on issues ranging from medical marijuana to treatment-instead-of-incarceration for nonviolent drug law violations with the support of the voters and the legislature. Join us to celebrate the work of those individuals and organizations that have tirelessly worked towards drug policy based on concern for human dignity, effective outcomes, public health considerations, and the well-being of individuals and communities.
Speaking will be Ethan Nadelmann Ph.D., JD., Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance – The Nation’s Premiere Drug Policy Organization . Mr. Nadelmann’s talk will be on “Ending the War on Drugs: Are We Really at the Tipping Point? ”
For more than two decades, Nadelmann helped build a broad-based movement for reform on the strength of a strategic insight that’s both simple and profound: The fight against repressive drug laws isn’t about championing the rights of drug users – even of a substance as popular as marijuana. It’s about fighting against federal overreach and the needless human toll of drug prohibition. Read more about Ethan at:http://dpfhi.org/2013/06/14/the-most-influential-man-in-the-battle-for-legalization-is-a-wonky-intellectual-in-dad-jeans/.
The dinner will also honor Professor of Law Emeritus and former Dean, University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law, Richard “Dick” Miller. Miller has never shied away from the new or the controversial. He arrived in Hawai`i to help establish the new law school at UH in 1973 and in 1993, 20 years later, he was one of the first Board members of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i. His guidance and sharp legal mind is still a beacon for the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai’i in the roiling seas known as the war on drugs.
Tickets are $50 at the door and include a full dinner buffet and desserts. Limited seating is still available for the November 1 event. For further information, or to reserve a seat, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 988-4386 .
The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii was founded in 1993 and remains Hawai`i’s voice
for pragmatic drug policies that minimize economic, social, and human costs.
http://www.civilbeat.com/posts/2013/09/30/20015-chad-blair-its-high-time-to-legalize-pot/ (no login needed)
“Hawaii is one of 20 states along with the District of Columbia that have made legal the use of medical marijuana, although the program has been imperfect. This year, however, the Hawaii Legislature took a major step in recognizing that med pot is about health needs and not law enforcement when it transferred control of the state’s program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health.”
JOB OPENING: The Drug Policy Action Group is seeking a Field Organizer.
Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii founder, The Drug Policy Action Group (www.dpfhi.org), is hiring!
The Field Organizer will work with DPAGʻs Executive Director and/or Board President, and will be responsible for DPAG’s public education campaign for statewide reform of marijuana laws including lobbying, growth and day to day operations of two coalitions formed during the 2013 Legislative Session: The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii (MCCHI.org) and Fresh Approach Hawaii (Freshapproachhawaii.org). For the full job description, see: DPAG_organizer.
Please send a letter of interest, resume, a recent writing sample and three references (all in PDF format) to email@example.com by September 20, 2013.
DPAG is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Watch the special, “Weed” on Sunday, 8/11/13: http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2013/08/05/gupta-weed-promo.cnn
Read the article: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
In a stunning and personal reversal of his long-held skepticism of the health benefits of cannabis, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN apologizes for spreading “misinformation” and supports real, independent research on medical cannabis.
“I am here to apologize.
I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.”
“Looking forward, I am especially intrigued by studies like those in Spain and Israel looking at the anti-cancer effects of marijuana and its components. I’m intrigued by the neuro-protective study by Lev Meschoulam in Israel, and research in Israel and the United States on whether the drug might help alleviate symptoms of PTSD. I promise to do my part to help, genuinely and honestly, fill the remaining void in our knowledge.”
Hawaii welcomes Illinois to the now 40% of U.S. states with a program for safe access to marijuana by sick and dying people. Illinois, like Hawaii, passed this measure legislatively, which can be more tricky than referendum, due to the intense lobbying and political will required of advocates and legislators. Well done! the Illinois program includes a tightly regulated dispensary system, something the Hawaii program, though established in 2000, still lacks – a terrible “catch-22″ for our patients who can get a medical marijuana recommendation, but have no way to get their medicine without finding seeds (which are illegal) and growing it themselves or resorting to the black market. The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii and allies will keep fighting for safe, legal access to medical marijuana in Hawaii, including a sensible dispensary system.
Gov. Pat Quinn took a moment to speak at the University of Chicago before signing Illinois’ new medical marijuana bill, saying it was an “important day, I think, for healing” in the state.
The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii is developing a “frequently asked questions” section about the two new bills (HB 668/Act 177 and SB 642/Act 178), both of which do not take effect until right after New Year, 2015.
The ink is still drying on these bills, and weʻre asking peopleʻs continued patience with the process as they are now (slowly) turned into new rules and systems by the Department of Health.
This “administrative rule making process” is subject to public input and scrutiny – and we will track it closely. Specifically, we are aware of emerging concerns surrounding the “primary care physician” (“PCP”) clause in the recently signed SB 642, and the impact this would have on patients. The rule making process is where we will work to ensure that such as-yet unclarified terms like “PCP” are resolved in the most patient-centered and inclusive way.
Questions or ideas? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep sharing your concerns with us. We will try to address these in the upcoming FAQ section, and are planning to continue the inter-island “listening tour” with Hawaiiʻs patients that we began in 2012 to hear more from you all directly as we continue on the road to an ever-better medical marijuana program in Hawaii.