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UPDATE: Hawai‘i Democrats to Host 4/20 Cannabis Forum

Posted April 17, 2017, 04:56 PM HST Updated April 20, 2017, 08:18 AM HST

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UPDATE: April 20, 2017

Rep. Kaniela Ing has been confirmed as a guest on the panel.

PREVIOUS POST: April 17, 2017

The Democratic Party of Hawai‘i will host a forum to discuss the future of cannabis in the state on Thursday, April 20.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a legislation summary by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (via videoconference) and continue with presentations from other panelists and a question-and-answer session until 7:30 p.m.

The informational forum will serve to educate party members and the public at large on the debate surrounding cannabis and efforts currently underway at both the state and federal levels.

The conversation will be wide-ranging and touch on decriminalization and de-scheduling efforts in Congress, decriminalization bills at the Hawai‘i State Legislature, the national trend toward legalization in other states and municipalities, the current status of measures relating to medical dispensaries across the state, and health benefits of cannabis for Hawai‘i patients.


Panelists will also include Sen. Will Espero, Me Fuimaono-Poe (medical director and founder of the Maile Cannabis Clinic) and Pamela Lichty, MPH, president of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i.

Rep. Kaniela Ing has also been confirmed as a guest on the panel.

A member is the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives has also been invited to join and will be confirmed on Tuesday, April 18.

The forum will be moderated by Christopher Garth, executive director of the Hawai‘i Dispensary Alliance.

Tickets to the event are sold out, so the DPH will be live-streaming the event via Facebook through the DPH page.

For more information, email tim@hawaiidemocrats.org.


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Jim Lusby You can't buy a lottery ticket cause it's bad but you can get stoned give me a break!!!April 17, 2017 05:24pm
Les Miller Democrats hosting a talk on weed? They're drug dealers and pimps...Keep the people high and they keep getting voted in! Great plan. Hawaii, don't let the Dems screw up Hawai'i like are to California.April 17, 2017 06:13pm
Haley Hinds-Baldwin It will pay for that rail you are building.April 17, 2017 06:49pm
Ed Moran They should discuss tourism rates in states that have already legalized.April 17, 2017 08:02pm
Missy Lou Actually it was republicans fault none of the weed money is going back to the people and is going to the rich in CaliforniaApril 17, 2017 08:50pm
Mark Boyle Could be a great tax base if done right. Allot of bugs have been worked out by other states & countries.April 17, 2017 09:56pm
Dan Citron I believe most on the BI are more educated on the subject than the ones hosting to bong forum.April 18, 2017 04:54pm
Marie Mullins I don't partake in pot. My husband used pot oil to treat cancer. As a medicine I definitely approve, recreational would be OK. But I know it does affect driving. We would need to have that discussion. But I'll say ten times better to use than alcohol in excess.April 18, 2017 07:13pm
Marie Mullins Screw up hawaii? I seem to remember California IA as having the highest GDP and wages alot higher for people. 25% percent tax goes to state, cities and counties are adding 15% more on top. California now has a 8 billion surplus. You don't make money on pot till you invest in pot. The taxes alone would go a long way into helping hawaii. It would take the burden off the people.April 18, 2017 07:21pm
Marie Bennett Don't be so ignorant.April 18, 2017 08:22pm
Les Miller Your recollection of any real surplus of funds in California is a false. We pay the highest taxes in the country. They just raised our taxes again. We have the worst roads, crumbling infrastructure, more homeless and crime. Crumbling dams that jeopardize lives and homes. Medical marijuana was legalized and is taxed. Can you geniuses explain that. The Democratic party has been in control for over 25 years! Seems where ever the Dems have been leads to alot more problems than problems solved. It would be ashamed if Hawai'i was further screwed up by bad legislation, corruption and false hope.April 19, 2017 03:25am

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