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Nurses Continuing Education Training – Nov. 19th – Others Welcome Too!

Patients Out of Time will be presenting “The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know“. This all day seminar is the perfect opportunity to expand the number of Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) in Hawai‘i who are willing and qualified to certify and renew medical cannabis patients.

The general public, patients, interested individuals, and doctors are also welcome to attend to expand their knowledge of the medical uses of cannabis!

Details below:

Download the PDF file .

http://dpfhi.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Nursing-CEU-One-Page.pdf

 

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. [Registration from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – drinks and snacks will be available]. Lunch will not be provided.

Location: Hawai‘i Dispensary Alliance, Real Office Centers, 1110 Nu‘uanu Ave. #6, Honolulu, HI. PLEASE NOTE: This venue is not wheelchair-accessible.

Contact Hours: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #16044, for 6 contact hours

Cost: $100.00 for all attendees until November 18, $120 to register at the door on November 19. A syllabus will be provided for all attendees registering to claim CEU credits.

Description: This timely and provocative seminar will include an overview of cannabis, the various cannabinoids (endogenous, phyto-cannabinoids and pharmaceutical cannabinoid products) and the newly discovered endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) that is present in all humans. By understanding the ECS, it becomes more clear as to how and why cannabis is a safe and effective medication for a wide array of illnesses and conditions. The healthcare professional’s role in patient care and education regarding the safe use of cannabis, including ingestion methodologies and interactions with prescription opiates, will be discussed. State and federal laws regarding cannabis as medicine will also be presented.

The event will feature:

g43802Presenter: Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, is a medical cannabis consultant and addictions nurse consultant, co-founder of Patients Out of Time, and Past President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

 

 

g4380Presenter: Wendy Gibson, RN, BSN, a cannabis nurse and ACNA member who is involved in helping shape medical cannabis laws and educating health care professionals in Hawai‘i. She happily serves as the Field Organizer for The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai‘i and The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii.

g4420Presenter: Stephen P. Pingree, Tax Defense Attorney and Alliance member. Stephen has legal and business experience with the Medical Marijuana (MMJ) law and regulations in the State of Nevada; as well as Federal and other states’ MJ laws and regulations. He is well versed in the Hawai‘i MMJ law (HRS 329D) and DOH MMJ Rules and Regulations.

 

 

When Will Hawaii’s Patients Be Able to Buy Medical Marijuana? On PBS

When Will Hawaii’s Patients Be Able to Buy Medical Marijuana?

That was the question answered by panelists on the PBS Insights interactive discussion. INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII aired “When Will Hawaii’s Patients Be Able to Buy Medical Marijuana?”on Thursday, April 9, 8:00 pm. This will be rerun on Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 pm.

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a live public affairs show. The panelists were: House Representative Della Au Belatti, Pamela Lichty, President of the Drug Policy Forum, Doug Chin , Attorney General, and Alan Shinn, Executive Director of the Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii.

If you missed it, you can VIEW it by clicking HERE.

Free Workshops on Maui and the Big Island!

The Public Access Room (PAR) is offering FREE training for anyone who wants to be effective in using the legislative process to change laws. legis

In MAUI on December 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. On the Big Island the following week.

For details –Please see the website and 2014 Maui outreach flyer

Maui Workshops: Dec 2014
Mon Dec 8 3 p Lahaina Kaunoa West Maui Senior Ctr
788 Pauoa St., off Lahainaluna Road
Tue Dec 9 12 noon Pukalani Tavares Community Ctr
91 Pukalani St. (meeting room by the pool)
Wed Dec 10 6 p Kihei Community Ctr
Kihei Community Center303 E. Lipoa St. (small mtg room, by hall)
Thur Dec 11 6 p Wailuku Public Library
251 High St.
Fri Dec 12 12 noon Kahului Community Ctr
275 Uhu St. (in Kahului Community Park)
Hawaii Island Workshops: Dec 2014
Schedule in development, tentatively set for December 15-20.

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And, please call them if you would like to have group or individual instruction: Maui  (808) 984- 2400 (extension 7-0478), Big Island (808) 974-4000 (ext. 7-0478), Oahu (808) 587-0478.

 

Announcing New Field Organizer

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:

Hello everyone,

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.

PA Governor’s Race Will Determine the Fate of Medical Marijuana

Read the full story here.

In Pennsylvania, the press has taken to the idea that the Gubernatorial race will likely determine whether or not the state adopts legislation that will allow for Medical Marijuana.

Even if the state legislator is supportive of medical marijuana, and in Pennsylvania, they seem to be, the office of the governor will eventually need to either sign or veto any legislation. Media outlets such as the Daily Pennsylvanian, therefore see the governor’s race as the deciding factor in medical marijuana.

We in Hawaii need to look at their example and begin to compare the various candidates that we will be choosing between with regard to their potential impact on the medical marijuana laws here in Hawaii. We have been working with the Dispensary Task Force to develop a law that will allow for dispensaries in the state of Hawaii. Even if we are able to get this dispensary bill through the state legislature, we will then need to get it signed by the governor. Please, let’s all learn as much as possible about the gubernatorial candidates, and what they would do if a dispensary bill were to land on their desks.

Dispensaries Task Force Holds O’ahu Public Input Hearing

Watch the coverage on KITV, or read the article at the Star Advertiser.

indexThe second and final public input session was held at the State Capitol on Wednesday the 24th of September. Turn-out was relatively limited compared with the number that showed up for the Public Input Hearing in Hilo earlier in the month. Still, the audience for the most part was very supportive of dispensaries, and expressed frustration with the slow pace of reform in Hawai’i.

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Some speakers argued for a more permissive dispensary system, and others argued for more restrictions on who could open dispensaries and where they could be located, and about safety concerns. Still the overwhelming consensus seems to be that dispensaries are needed, and soon. A hearty mahalo to those supporters of a patient centered dispensary system that were able to voice their opinions at the event!

Just Where Exactly did that 9% Dependence Figure Come From

2014-01-27-drew_hart_cnn-thumbWe recently attended a screening of the relatively supportive documentary WEED, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. It cites, and spends a great deal of time repeating the often cited statistic that 9% of marijuana users become addicted to marijuana. Likewise, today’s paper includes an Op-Ed by Kevin Sabet of the prohibitionist group Project SAM that repeats this dubious claim. If you hear that figure and think that it sounds high, you’re right. Here’s an excellent piece by doctor Sunil Aggarwal explaining the faulty science behind it.

The truth is that this study was done in 1994 by the anti-drug government body NIDA, and involved asking self reported “cannabis users” a series of questions like “do you often spend a long time on activities necessary to get the substance, taking the substance, or recovering from its effects?” If people answered yes, they were coded as cannabis dependent, whether or not they considered themselves dependent on cannabis. Even more importantly, people who infrequently used marijuana would be much less likely to identify themselves as cannabis users, especially in the early 90’s when it was much more strongly stigmatized than it seems to be today. Let’s get rid of this particular piece of “data” when we talk about marijuana.