About usThe Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 to educate policymakers and the public about effective ways of addressing drug issues in Hawai‘i with sensible and humane policies that reduce harm, expand treatment options, and adopt evidence-based practices while optimizing the use of scarce resources. The Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i envisions a just society where drug laws are grounded in science, compassion, and public health, and where criminalization is reserved for those who pose a genuine danger to public safety.
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- Press Release – Plan to Radically Redefine Eligibility for Visas and Green Cards Will Disproportionately Harm Health of Hawai’i Residents
- RSVP: DPF 25th Anniversary & Pam Lichty’s Retirement Party!!!!
- Press Release – The Oddity of Governor Ige’s Veto of Crucial Medical Cannabis & Opioid Bill
- Save the Date: DPFHI 25th Anniversary & Pam Lichty’s Retirement Party!
- HPR Interview with Our Organizer Wendy Gibson about the FDA’s Approval of a Cannabis-based Medicine
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Press Release – Plan to Radically Redefine Eligibility for Visas and Green Cards Will Disproportionately Harm Health of Hawai’i Residents
Please join us for a lively celebration in this our 25th year, honoring DPFHI co-founder Pam Lichty & featuring Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Music will be provided by local artist Tavana.
From cannabis to harm reduction to criminal justice, Hawai’i Nei still has much work to do in realizing public policies that are anchored by the values of justice, compassion, health, and human rights.
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Broadcast on Hawai’i Public Radio, 6/28/2018.
By CHRIS VANDERCOOK •
It’s a step forward for the Food and Drug Administration’s approach to cannabis-derived medications. This week it approved a new drug, Epidiolex, that is a formulation of cannabidiol – CBD for short – to treat rare and severe forms of epilepsy. Wendy Gibson is a Field Organizer for The Drug Policy Forum, and The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii who has spent years advocating for the use of cannabis-derived medications – and although she has reservations about this one, she welcomes the FDA’s changing attitude.
Our Board President Nikos Leverenz has a joint op-ed on civil asset forfeiture with Jennifer McDonald of the Institute for Justice in today’s Star Advertiser. Below is an excerpt.
Civil forfeiture law needs reform
Press Release: Governor Ige Should Reconsider Misguided Intent to Veto Crucial Medical Cannabis & Opioid Bill
Our Executive Director, Carl Bergquist, appeared on Hawai’i Public Radio’s flagship talk show, The Conversation, to discuss the astonishing revelations in the State Auditor’s recent report on the state’s civil asset forfeiture program.
State Auditor Report Reveals Lack of Oversight of Law Enforcement Funding Program
To its supporters, civil asset forfeiture is a valuable tool of law enforcement, especially effective in the war on drugs. To its opponents, it is legalized theft. It’s the process by which a person’s assets can be seized when he or she is suspected of a crime. That is suspected not convicted, and therein lays the heart of the legal argument against it. A State Auditor’s report released earlier this week took the State Attorney General’s Office to task, saying the bar was set too low and that transparency and accountability were lacking.