Welcome to the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai’i (“MCCHI”)!

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.

5 thoughts on “Welcome to the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai’i (“MCCHI”)!”

  1. Aloha & Mahalo to this new group. I am a 61 year old male with spinal arthritis. I am a MUM clinic member and strongly support this cause. I will attend the upcoming meeting and look forward to meeting others like myself. Ra

    Aloha Kona side, Please join us, if can, in a “Talk Story” for our rights as patients and to try to make some much needed improvements to the Medical Marijuana Program. (see below)

    The MUM Clinic will host the event November,10th at Cloud 9 Emporium @ 420.

    The purpose of the event is to discuss the problems facing medical cannabis blue card holders with regard to inter-island transportation, cultivation, patient/caregiver ratio, number of plants allowed, moving the program to the health department, need for research, and legal and safe access to medical grade cannabis. The overall objective being aired is how we want to move the state’s medical cannabis program forward.

    Guest participant will be organizer Charlie Cook from Oahu. As the representative of the newly formed Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai’i http://www.mcchi.org , a project of the Drug Policy Action Group, he will serve to bring together the voices of the state’s 11,000 patients and caregivers. “Listening to the concerns and needs of the patients and caregivers will be incorporated into proposed legislation we will strive to introduce, “ Cook said. DPAG has, also, hired a medical cannabis lobbyist to facilitate introduced bills and guide legislation as it goes through the complicated committee process.

  2. Great article about legalization process….

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/08/opinion/roffman-pot-legalization/index.html

    The end of the war on marijuana

    By Roger A. Roffman, Special to CNN

    updated 4:29 PM EST, Thu November 8, 2012

    Editor’s note: Roger A. Roffman is a professor emeritus of social work at the University of Washington, a sponsor of I-502, and author of the forthcoming “A Marijuana Memoir.”

    (CNN) — The historic measure to regulate and tax marijuana in Washington State deserves to be looked at closely as a model of how legalization ought to be designed and implemented elsewhere in America.

    We’ve turned a significant corner with the approval of Initiative 502, which purposefully offers a true public health alternative to the criminal prohibition of pot.

    For the first time in a very long time, the well-intended but failed criminal penalties to protect public health and safety will be set aside. Adults who choose to use marijuana and obtain it through legal outlets will no longer be faced with the threat of criminal sanctions. People of color will no longer face the egregious inequities in how marijuana criminal penalties are imposed. Parents, as they help prepare their children for the choices they face concerning marijuana, will no longer be hobbled by misinformation about the drug and the absence of effective supports to encourage abstinence.

    “The great experiment” of alcohol prohibition became the national law in 1920. Its intentions were good, but it failed in a number of vitally important ways. In 1923, the state of New York repealed its alcohol prohibition law. Ten other states soon followed, and in 1933 national Prohibition ended.

    I believe Washington state has just played that pivotal role with regard to marijuana. Moreover, by borrowing from public health model principles known to be effective, the state has offered the most compelling replacement to prohibition considered to date.

    What is a public health model? In brief, it’s an approach that acknowledges use of marijuana can present harms to the user and to public safety, and includes provisions to prevent or ameliorate those harms.

    A public health model includes six key elements. Washington state’s new law incorporates each of them.

    The first is accountable oversight by an agency of government. The Washington state legalization model assigns responsibility to a state agency for writing regulations concerning how the growing, producing and selling of marijuana will occur. Among those regulations are tight limitations on advertising and the prevention of access to marijuana by minors. Then, that agency will have the authority to issue licenses to growers, producers and sellers and to enforce adherence to the rules.

    The second element is a well-funded multifaceted marijuana education program that is based on science rather than ideology. Far too few Americans are sufficiently informed about marijuana’s effects on health and behavior, both the positive and the negative. A key to good decision-making is possessing accurate information.

    The third element is well-funded prevention programs widely available to all the state’s geographical and demographic communities. We’ve learned a great deal about what knowledge, skills and community supports actually work in helping young people navigate a world in which drugs such as marijuana are readily available. Sadly, far too little funding has been devoted to putting such programs to work in our communities.

    A fourth element is making treatment of marijuana dependence readily available. The new law dedicates funding to establish a statewide Marijuana Help Line. It also earmarks funding to state, county and local governments for the provision of services for those in need of help.

    Evaluation of the new law’s impact is the fifth element. An independent state agency will receive funding to conduct periodic assessments of how the new system affects behaviors, attitudes and knowledge. Using the findings of these evaluative studies, the state agency overseeing the pricing and taxing of marijuana can adjust those costs to maximize undercutting of the black market and deterrence of youth access to marijuana.

    The sixth element is research. The new law earmarks funding to the state’s two major research universities for the purpose of conducting marijuana-focused studies. As we gradually learn how to live more healthfully and safely with marijuana, the knowledge derived from those studies will inform education, prevention, treatment and refinements in the law.

    In more than 40 years of research — primarily marijuana dependence counseling interventions for adults and adolescents — it has seemed to me that prohibition has hindered more than it has helped good decision-making. Far too many teens think smoking pot is “no big deal,” greatly underestimating the risk of being derailed from social, psychological and educational attainment. Far too many adults don’t take seriously enough the risk of marijuana dependence that accompanies very frequent use.

    We can do better. By regulating and taxing marijuana based on a set of strong public health principles, I believe our cultural norms concerning marijuana will shift and the harms we’ve witnessed will greatly reduce.

  3. Prosecutors in Washington Dismiss Dozens of Marijuana Cases in Response to Legalization

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17jcxkoaz5hlbpng/avt-small.png Neetzan Zimmerman

    Though Washington’s voter-approved marijuana legalization law won’t formally take effect until December 6th, prosecutors in the state’s largest counties are already treating it as the law of the land.

    In King County, where Seattle is located, prosecutors announced last Friday plans to dismiss some 175 misdemeanor cases involving pot possession of less than one ounce by individuals over 21.

    “Although the effective date of I-502 is not until Dec. 6, there is no point in continuing to seek criminal penalties for conduct that will be legal next month,” said King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

    Similar sentiments were expressed by Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist, who told local media outlets the second most populous county (behind King County) would dismiss “about four dozen” misdemeanor marijuana cases.

    “The people have spoken through this initiative,” Lindquist told the Seattle Times. “And as a practical matter, I don’t think you could sell a simple marijuana case to a jury after this initiative passed.”

    Changes to law enforcement policy were also taking place, with King County Sheriff Steve Strachan saying in a statement that adults over 21 caught with an ounce of pot or less would not be arrested, effective immediately.

    Despite the fast-moving reforms, residents of Washington should be aware that marijuana remains illegal in the state until next month, and even then, some restrictions still apply.

    A Bremerton native who was busted smoking pot inside a parked car near a public park told the police officer he saw on the news that pot was legal. Before hauling the man off to jail, the cop helpfully reminded him that Initiative 502, which doesn’t take effect until December 6th, doesn’t cover smoking marijuana in public spaces, and certainly doesn’t cancel out charges of driving under the influence.

  4. I got my Medical Marijuana Card back in 2008. Ever since then the green harvest helicopters have been circling my property here in Kula. One time they came so low it scared one of my horses who had a subsequent fall and tore the cartilage in his front knee. We could never ride him again and we had to put him down last year.
    Is there anything we can do to stop this?

    1. Take pictures of the planes…copters showing them below 500feet…. Try to get something like a power pole in the pic for perspective. Send pix to faa police. Congressman or woman. Dpa. West Hawaii Today. Etc…. Raise he’ll on twitter. Facebook. YouTube. Etc. There was discussion of this issue at the last meeting at cloud 9…… Many people are pissed about this.

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