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

April 17, 2017, 4:56 PM HST
* Updated April 20, 8:18 AM
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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 [email protected].


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