US HI: Pot Advocate's Trial Put Off Again
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 Jun 2013 - A Hearing on His Defense Will Delay the Case for Three Months Yet another delay in the prosecution of Roger Christie will keep the Hawaii cannabis advocate jailed without bail for well over three years before a jury trial is held in the case.
US HI: Editorial: State Supreme Court Makes The Right Call
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 04 Jun 2013 - When Geoffrey Woodall was trying to pass through a Kona Airport security screening in March 2010, he was stopped and arrested because of the medicine he was carrying. The state Supreme Court ruled on Woodall's side last Friday, pointing out that his medicine - a small amount of cannabis - was permissible because he had a valid Hawaii medical-marijuana certificate, allowing him to transport a small amount for that proper use.
US HI: Column: Medical Cannabis: Safe, Effective
MidWeek, 29 May 2013 - Where did you receive your schooling and training? I have been a medical physician for more than 29 years since graduating from the University of Utah School Of Medicine. I completed training in general surgery in Los Angeles and plastic surgery in Utah. During my general surgery training I completed a one-year plastic surgery research fellowship at the University of Southern California. I finished my board certifications in both general surgery and plastic surgery, and set up private plastic surgery practice in Las Vegas. I practiced plastic and reconstructive surgery for six years until I underwent cervical spine surgery for herniated discs in the neck. The surgery left me with neck pain and bodily muscle pain that prevented me from returning to the practice of surgery.
US HI: Column: OAS Report Breaks Ground On Marijuana Policy
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 28 May 2013 - Latin American presidents who support decriminalization of marijuana won a big diplomatic victory in recent days when the 34-country Organization of American States issued a report that considers that option as one of several policies that might help reduce the region's drug-related violence. The 400-page OAS report, titled "The Drug Problem in the Americas," had been commissioned by Latin American countries at last year's Summit of the Americas attended by President Barack Obama in Cartagena.
US HI: Editorial: Medical Cannabis Belongs Under Health
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 23 May 2013 - Hawaii legislators this year chose not to follow Colorado and Washington state in legalizing marijuana for personal use, but approved a move that has been an obvious path for years: placing the medical marijuana program under the Department of Health. At long last, patients using marijuana to reduce a variety of ailments should expect sympathetic treatment from the agency in charge.
US HI: Column: Feds Should Cooperate With States Over
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 11 May 2013 - This week, the Colorado General Assembly put the finishing touches on legislation aimed at taxing and regulating the commercial distribution of marijuana for recreational use. The process has been haunted by the fear that the federal government will try to quash this momentous experiment in pharmacological tolerance - a fear magnified by the Obama administration's continuing silence on the subject.
US HI: Pot Advocate's Defense Bogus, Judge Says
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 08 May 2013 - A federal judge explained Tuesday that Hawaii island cannabis advocate Roger Christie could not show that the federal government's inclusion of marijuana in the most restrictive drug classification is irrational. U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi denied on March 29 the 63-year-old man's request to dismiss his marijuana charges.
US HI: PUB LTE: Changes Restrict Access To Marijuana
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 30 Apr 2013 - State Sen. Josh Green, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, is responsible for some very hateful, non-compassionate changes to the bill on the compassionate use of marijuana. One of the changes made last week by Green would require a primary-care physician to recommend and certify patients and caregivers. We all know how few doctors there are available in Hawaii, not to mention their fear to recommend cannabis due to intimidation and exposure by Keith Kamita and the state Narcotics Enforcement Division.
US HI: LTE: Drug Addicts Start With Pot
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 17 Apr 2013 - The people of Hawaii need education regarding the perils of legal marijuana. I am an addiction counselor and worked in a mainland alcohol and drug treatment center for 25 years, and 94 percent of patients I worked with started their chemical use with marijuana. After using the drug for some time and the drug wasn't working, patients would start using other drugs to get high. Along with increased chemical abuse, other crimes were committed, which included physical violence, murder and robbery. Do the people of Hawaii want an increase in crime and alcohol/drug addiction? If you don't want this inevitable outcome of legalizing marijuana use, then get involved and learn about addiction. Protest to your legislators who are supposed to be looking out for you rather than worrying about the next election. Don't rely on politicians to do the right thing. Get involved - help save Hawaii adults and children from addiction.