DOH Letter to and From Deputy Director Danette Wong Tomiyasu

Dr. Otto received a reply from Danette Wong Tomiyasu, Deputy Director, Health Resources Administration. Please read the letter below. Dr-Otto Deputy Director Tomiyasu-Reply-Request to Action-Federal-Conflict-18Sep20 Dr. Otto’s response to the reply letter asks, “that the department fulfill its mission to protect the health and welfare of our patients by standing up for Hawaii’s medical use […]

Requesting Conversation with interim DOH Director Elizabeth Char on Behalf of Patients in Hawaii

Dr. Clifton Otto has penned a new letter to DOH interim Director Elizabeth Char regarding her first day and “comments at the Governor’s Press Conference yesterday during  your first day as director of the Department of Health (DOH).” Please take a moment to read the letter. Dr-Otto Requesting conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Char 17Sep20  

Letters to Interim DOH Director Elizabeth Char and Deputy Director Tomiyasu

Dr. Clifton Otto from Cannabis Healthcare Hawaii recently reached out to the Hawaii State Department of Health Director, Elizabeth Char on behalf of patients. The letter, is introductory in nature and an olive branch to the DOH in hopes of cultivating communication between the DOH and patient advocates. Please read the letter and send your […]

Encouraging a a Federal Exemption for Hawaii’s Medical Cannabis Program

The following is a letter authored by Dr. Clifton Otto to Senate President Kouchi encouraging “Senate leadership to re-evaluate its position on the strategy of obtaining a federal exemption for our Medical Cannabis Program as a way to eliminate the discrimination that our patients and dispensaries are facing as a result of having to participate […]

Governor Ige Stops New Patients from Becoming Certified by Doctors

Hundreds of potential patients across Hawai‘i are asking how they can become certified to purchase medicinal marijuana while the state rests under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic. The answer is — they can’t. On March 23, 2020, Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige issued Executive Order 20-01, which suspended part of the state’s controlled substance law […]

Stanton Oshiro = Hero.

Mike Ruggles was ready for court before he was arrested. He was continually denied a speedy trial. After four years, neither law enforcement or prosecutors were prepared. As you might imagine, the courts are busy. With ten percent of our island population (some say more) consuming Cannabis it must be tough to arrest everyone. Over […]