We’re very proud to announce that we have a new member of the team! Wendy Gibson, a long-standing patient advocate has come on board as our new field organizer. Here’s what she has to say:
I’m Wendy Gibson, a nurse, and medical marijuana (cannabis) patient advocate. I’m pleased to announce that I will be serving as The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii’s new Field Organizer.
It’s great to be joining them at such an exciting (and hopeful) time in our drug reform history. I appreciate the DPFHI’s successes in reforming Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana (cannabis) Program and promoting harm reduction policies.
In my 21 years of living on Oahu, the transfer of the Medical Marijuana program to the Department of Health is one of the biggest successes, one that I advocated for. I know this will help thousands of patients. And, knowing the need for a dispensary system, I’m hopeful that the Dispensary Task Force will help us establish one.
I have worked in the health care field for over 30 years, 21 of those here in Hawaii. I promoted using pharmaceutical drugs to patients for 9 years working as a pharmacy clerk and for 4 years as an R.N. I hope to work for just as many years helping promote the use of alternative medications, such as cannabis which is showing promise as a safer and sometimes more effective treatment than many of the current pharmaceuticals.
I envision a future in which science and education prevail, so that people are no longer fearfully rejecting the use of these alternative (and formerly illegal) substances as medicine.
I’m looking forward to working with fellow advocates for harm reduction and health promotion.