Nurses Continuing Education Training – Nov. 19th – Others Welcome Too!

Patients Out of Time will be presenting “The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know“. This all day seminar is the perfect opportunity to expand the number of Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) in Hawai‘i who are willing and qualified to certify and renew medical cannabis patients.

The general public, patients, interested individuals, and doctors are also welcome to attend to expand their knowledge of the medical uses of cannabis!

Details below:

 

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Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. [Registration from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – drinks and snacks will be available]. Lunch will not be provided.

Location: Hawai‘i Dispensary Alliance, Real Office Centers, 1110 Nu‘uanu Ave. #6, Honolulu, HI. PLEASE NOTE: This venue is not wheelchair-accessible.

Contact Hours: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #16044, for 6 contact hours

Cost: $100.00 for all attendees until November 18, $120 to register at the door on November 19. A syllabus will be provided for all attendees registering to claim CEU credits.

Description: This timely and provocative seminar will include an overview of cannabis, the various cannabinoids (endogenous, phyto-cannabinoids and pharmaceutical cannabinoid products) and the newly discovered endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) that is present in all humans. By understanding the ECS, it becomes more clear as to how and why cannabis is a safe and effective medication for a wide array of illnesses and conditions. The healthcare professional’s role in patient care and education regarding the safe use of cannabis, including ingestion methodologies and interactions with prescription opiates, will be discussed. State and federal laws regarding cannabis as medicine will also be presented.

The event will feature:

g43802Presenter: Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, is a medical cannabis consultant and addictions nurse consultant, co-founder of Patients Out of Time, and Past President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

 

 

g4380Presenter: Wendy Gibson, RN, BSN, a cannabis nurse and ACNA member who is involved in helping shape medical cannabis laws and educating health care professionals in Hawai‘i. She happily serves as the Field Organizer for The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai‘i and The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii.

g4420Presenter: Stephen P. Pingree, Tax Defense Attorney and Alliance member. Stephen has legal and business experience with the Medical Marijuana (MMJ) law and regulations in the State of Nevada; as well as Federal and other states’ MJ laws and regulations. He is well versed in the Hawai‘i MMJ law (HRS 329D) and DOH MMJ Rules and Regulations.

 

 

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Governor Signs Life-Saving Bill To Prevent Overdose Deaths in Hawai’i

 

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Governor Signs Life-Saving Bill To Prevent Overdose Deaths in Hawai’i

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Heather Lusk, Director, CHOW Project

(808) 393-4624 hlusk@chowproject.org

Carl Bergquist, Director, Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii

(808) 853-3231 carl@dpfhi.org

Naloxone Signing

 

HONOLULU, HI –June 20, 2016

The CHOW Project and the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai’i (DPFHI) applaud Governor David Ige for enacting SB 2392 (Act 68) which was signed into law on June 16, 2016.  The law takes steps to reduce deaths from opioids like fentanyl, oxycodone and heroin, by increasing access to, and encouraging the use of, overdose reversal medications such as naloxone. As overdose deaths are increasing in Hawai’i, this landmark law will put these medications in the hands of friends and family best positioned to save the lives of their loved ones.

 

Act 68 creates immunity for health care professionals and pharmacists who prescribe, dispense, distribute, or administer overdose reversal medications such as naloxone.  The Act also authorizes police, firefighters, lifeguards, all emergency medical technicians, family and friends to administer this medication to anyone experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose.  Act 68 also allows harm reduction organizations like the CHOW Project to store and distribute them within the communities they serve.

 

Naloxone Saves Lives
Naloxone is a non-narcotic opioid antagonist used to blocks opioids. It has no potential for misuse, and side effects are rare. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of the drug(s) and restores breathing within 3 minutes. Over 10,000 overdose reversals have been achieved nationwide by using naloxone.

 

“For every 164 naloxone kits distributed, one life is saved.  Hawaii now joins the majority of states in increasing access to this life-saving drug with the passage of this important legislation” stated Heather Lusk, Director of the CHOW Project.   “Half of our participants have witnessed or experienced an overdose in the past couple of years and now we can prevent overdose deaths with education and access to naloxone”.

 

Preventing Overdoses in Hawai’i

 

In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic, Hawai’i is now the 38th jurisdiction to pass a law that increases access to naloxone-type medication.  Not only has drug overdose been the leading cause of injury death for the past two decades for the entire United States, it was also the leading cause of fatal injuries in Hawai’i from 2010-2014—surpassing falls, motor vehicle, drowning and other injury-related deaths. In 2014, there were 155 deaths from drug poisonings/overdoses in Hawai’i, with a total of 1,465 over the past decade.  The CHOW Project and DPFHI truly welcome the collaboration with the Hawai’i Department of Health’s Harm Reduction Services Branch in addressing this burden.

 

“With rare bipartisan support, President Obama recently allocated over one billion dollars in his budget to increase federal funding for overdose prevention. In other words, the timing of this legislation could not be better,” added Carl Bergquist, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai’i. “Not only does it put necessary legal protections in place, but Hawai’i is more likely than ever to see the money we need to save the lives of those at risk and increase their treatment options.”

 

 

 

 

 

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July 2015 Newsletter

Our July 2015 Newsletter is out! Please read it below, or download it by clicking here.

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The Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Is Now Law

For more on this welcome and exciting development, please see the following press release from the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai’i:

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Dispensary Bill Now Law, Lauded by Advocates

“Diligent efforts” by Hawai’i lawmakers praised

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: HB 321 was signed into law by Governor Ige as Act 241 on July 14th, 2015. Act 241 establishes a framework for medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaiʻi. The Department of Health will establish administrative rules and procedures governing the program, with the first dispensaries set to open as soon as 7/15/16. A “frequently asked questions” guide to SB 321 (now Act 241) can be found at the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii (“MCCHI”) website: www.mcchi.org.

MCCHI and Drug Policy Action Group Executive Director Carl Bergquist said:

“In developing Act 241, lawmakers conducted a rigorous review of the 15 year-old program, seeking reports from the State auditor, studying recommendations from the Dispensary Task Force, and hearing direct input from the public. 88% of Hawai‘i voters support safe, legal access to medication for Hawaiiʻs registered patients statewide, and now, thanks to this diligent effort, the Legislature has listened.

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Resource: FAQ about Dispensary Bill HB321

Note: All information given here is general in nature and is not legal advice.

To view the actual text of the bill, see this document. References to the text of the bill are in the form of (page:line – line).

If you have questions that are not addressed here, please send an email to info@mcchi.org and we’ll try and keep the page updated with answers.

Will this affect my ability to grow my own medicine?

No. (46:5-9) There are no provisions in the law that affect patients’ rights to grow their own medicine. See page 46: Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as prohibiting a qualifying patient or primary caregiver from cultivating or possessing an adequate supply of medical marijuana pursuant to part IX of chapter 329.

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When Will Hawaii’s Patients Be Able to Buy Medical Marijuana?

When Will Hawaii’s Patients Be Able to Buy Medical Marijuana?

That was the question answered by panelists on Thursday, April 9, 8:00 pm during the Insights on PBS interactive discussion. This show will be aired on Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 pm.

Panelists were: Representative Della Au Belatti, Pamela Lichty, President of the Drug Policy Forum, Doug Chin , Attorney General, and Alan Shinn, Executive Director of the Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii.

If you missed it, you can VIEW it by clicking HERE.

Administrative Rules Hearings start on January 28th as DOH assumes care of Medical Marijuana Program

Since Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Program has been transferred from the Department of Safety to the care of the Department of Health (DOH), the Administrative Rules MUST be changed.DOH MM prgm logo

THE DOH posted a Notice of Public Hearing for DOH Administrative Rules on December 20, 2014. Links to the entire DOH notice are below.

Some highlights of the notice:

The public hearings are scheduled to start January 28, 2015 on the Big Island (Hilo) and will continue on Oahu February 2nd, on Maui February 3rd and on Kauai February 5th.

 

The TOPICS WILL include administrative rules and the procedures for :

** Application processing, registrations, monitoring, and disciplinary actions.

** Maintaining confidentiality for patients and caregivers.

** Petitioning to add a disease or health condition to the list of qualifying  conditions.

**  Physician requirements for issuing written certifications and maintaining medical records.

Please NOTE: Topics will NOT include the medical marijuana dispensary system or the task force recommendations.

The DISPENSARY IS A SEPARATE ISSUE and and the way to give your input for that is through the legislative process –which starts ON January 21, 2015.

Also note that these RULES are required to implement the EXISTING LAWS and CANNOT CHANGE any element of it (for instance they cannot increase plant limits).

 

The public does have an opportunity to weigh in (details are BELOW) and all of your comments, positive or negative are equally important and encouraged.

Once all of the administrative rules are approved, the proposed changes can be officially implemented. These include initiating a process for DOH to add NEW CONDITIONS and improving the program by implementing a fully-electronic system.

 

Please realize that ADMINISTRATIVE RULE making is cumbersome, time-consuming and requires going through many bureaucratic hoops. It can take many months to finalize the rules, especially if substantive changes are made.

Excerpt from the Public Hearing Notice:

Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 91, notice is hereby given that the Department of Health (DOH) will hold a public hearing for the proposed adoption of Chapter 11-160, Hawaii Administrative Rules, Medical Use of Marijuana.

This proposed new chapter would establish the medical marijuana program at DOH, including A NEW process for DOH to approve debilitating medical conditions, physician requirements to participate in the medical marijuana program, registration of qualifying patients and primary caregivers, monitoring and corrective action, administrative procedure, and confidentiality of information.

 

HEARING DATES and LOCATIONS:

Big Island–Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Time:10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Place: State Office Building, Conference rooms A, B and C 75 Aupuni St. Hilo, Hawaii, HI 96720

Oahu--Date: Monday, February 2, 2015 Time:10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Place: Diamond Head Health Center 3627 Kilauea Ave.,Room 418 Honolulu, HI 96816

 

Maui– Date:Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Place: State Office Building 54 South High Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793

 

Kauai – Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015 Time: 10:30 to noon

Place: State Office Building 3060 Eiwa St., Basement Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766

 

All WRITTEN testimony must be received no later than February 6, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY- All interested persons shall be afforded the opportunity to submit testimony, orally and/or in writing, on the proposed administrative rules at the time of the public hearing. Persons who are not able to attend the public hearing may submit written testimony to DOH: by mail at: 4348 Waialae Avenue, #648, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816; or by email at medicalmarijuana@doh.hawaii.gov

Any person requiring a special accommodation (e.g., assistance of a sign language interpreter) at the public hearing shall file a request with DOH by email at medicalmarijuana@doh.hawaii.gov  or by calling (808) 733-9010 or via relay, at least ten business days before the public hearing.

To see more information on the hearing, please click Public Hearing Notice.

To read the proposed rules, please click Proposed Administrative Rules.

 

 

Talk Story Session in West Oahu (Waianae) on January 17th. Please Join us.

cropped-dpag_bground1The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii would like to invite you (and your friends) to a special event in Waianae.

We are hosting a “Talk Story” session.

It’s free! And, we will provide light refreshments and drinks.

All are invited to attend – if you have colleagues/friends/family that are caregivers, patients or doctors, they are more than welcome to attend. In this 2-hour session you will be given information about:

  1. The newest changes made to the medical marijuana (cannabis) program,
  2. What is happening with efforts to get a dispensary system.

We will discuss what bills may be introduced and we would like to hear your thoughts about them– as we move forward with improving the medical cannabis laws here in Hawai‘i.

YOUR INVITATION

When: Saturday, January 17, 2015        

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm            Cost: Free!

What: Talk Story: A chance to ask about Hawaii‘s medical cannabis laws and Legislative Updates. The information panel is: Rafael Kennedy, (Director) and Wendy Gibson, R.N. (Organizer) from the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii.

Where: Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center,  86-260 Farrington Highway, Waianae.

Directions: From Farrington Highway, turn onto Mailiilii Rd (a Stoplight).

Just past the Bus stop turn LEFT, at the Main Entrance–down the long driveway and park.

Go up the ramp to the 2nd floor of the Administration Building.

Please contact the Medical Cannabis Coalition if you have questions at  (808) 853-3231 or e-mail at info@mcchi.org.

All of our meetings are 100% confidential—but open to the public—so no video, photography or sound recordings please.

Mahalo and we look forward to seeing you on January 17th !

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2014 has been a huge year for drug law reform efforts!

Aloha Friends and Supporters,

For Twenty-One years the Drug Policy Forum (DFPHI) has served as Hawaii’s voice in creating just, ​sensible, and compassionate drug policies.

You may know us from our two marijuana related projects that we work on with the ACLU of Hawaii:

The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai‘i a group supporting improvements to the medical cannabis laws in the state and Fresh Approach Hawai‘i that supports the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana for adults.

I’m writing today to ask you for your help, by making a year-end donation, so that we may continue our advocacy activities in 2015. We need your tax-deductible donation today (if possible) to continue serving as your voice for drug policy reform.

 

2014 has been a huge year for drug law reform efforts!

In 2014 we made a lot of headway on drug law reforms, especially on the cannabis front:

  • Two more states (Oregon and Alaska) and D.C. voted to legalize marijuana!
  • The Department of Justice strengthened its “hands-off” policies toward the 23 states with medical marijuana programs. And, congress ​​voted to prevent the DOJ, (including the DEA), from spending any money to fight medical marijuana in these states.
  • The DOJ announced that Native American tribes can produce and sell cannabis on tribal lands if they wish to- even if the state they are in does not permit it.
  • More and more states are decriminalizing cannabis, including eyebrow-raisers like Ohio and Nebraska, and we’ll be working to pass good decriminalization legislation in Hawai‘i Nei​ too.​

​A lot has been happening in the criminal justice system as well​:​

  • A ​.G. Eric Holder has spoken out on over-incarceration and on ​ways to avoid imprisoning non-violent (usually drug-related) ​ offenders.
  • California’s newly passed Prop 47 is implementing early releases and diversion into more appropriate community-based programs.

Across the nation, it seems like we are riding one big wave–But Hawai‘i needs to catch up!

 

The DPFH has been working ​hard to ​create a long overdue medical cannabis dispensary system ​in Hawai‘i and we hope that, with your help, 2015 will be the year. Our successes in 2014 helped create the Dispensary Task force, whose recommendations will help us fix this gap in the medical marijuana law.

 

We anticipate positive changes ​in 2015 when the ​medical cannabis program moves from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health ​, a department that understands public health outreach and patient privacy protections.

 

We’re also working on some important issues (that aren’t cannabis-related): Because the the leading cause of accidental death in Hawai’i is from drug overdoses (from both legal and illegal we are promoting The Good Samaritan/Medical Amnesty law. This will give a limited amnesty to people who call 911 in the event of an overdose. This approach has saved many lives elsewhere by preventing overdose deaths.

 

So there’s lots on our plate and we are feeling energized, but to achieve some of these goals we need your help.

 

A donation to the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai’i is tax deductible and can be done a number of ways

  1. through our website: http://dpfhi.org.
  2. By clicking here:
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  3. You can mail a check to:
    Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii,
    PO Box 83
    Honolulu, HI 96810
  4. If you don’t need a tax deduction, we could use your help with our lobbying efforts. ​To do that, please send a check to our, our 501(c)(4) lobbying organization at:
    the Drug Policy Action Group
    PO Box 83
    Honolulu, HI 96810.
  5. A donation of your TIME as a volunteer​ would also be most welcome!