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.
Some Excellent Resources
- Press Release: Tomorrow Thursday 1/31 – First Cannabis Legalization Hearing in Five Years!
- Our Legislative Agenda for 2019!
- Please Consider Supporting DPFH in 2019 to Further Sensible Drug Policy in Hawaii!
- 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!!!!
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Tomorrow is the third Wednesday of January and that means it is the opening day of the Hawai’i State Legislature. Below you will find our legislative agenda for 2019, which includes cannabis legalization, drug possession defelonization and civil asset forfeiture reform. See you at the Lege!
Please find our end of 2018 summary below!
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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.