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Medical Cannabis Day 2020 Proclamations

Medical Cannabis Day is June 14th in Hawaii.

Our Medical Cannabis Day champion is Dr. Clifton Otto. His work over the last two years to achieve recognition for patients with debilitating conditions who are licensed to use Cannabis has been exemplary to say the least. Dr. Otto spends his own money and a substantial amount of his time to raise awareness for patients suffering and passed.

Following Dr. Otto’s lead in submitting a proclamation to Gov. Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell, we submitted a nearly identical proclamation proposal to Mayor of Hawaii County, Harry Kim and Managing Director, Wil Okabe.

Read the proclamation sent to Mayor Kim:

Read the proclamation sent to Mayor Caldwell:
MCDay-Proclamation Proposal-Caldwell-03Jun20

Response from Gov. Ige’s office May 29th, 2019:
Aloha and thank you for contacting the Office of Governor David Ige to request a commemorative message from the governor. Unfortunately, our office will not be able to accommodate your request for Medical Cannabis Day at this time. We hope to be able to assist you in the future.

Everyone has a role to play. Whether it’s simple acceptance of medical Cannabis for your community suffering from Cannabis-treatable symptoms or your work as a patient advocate there are many many roles and we celebrate them all.

To celebrate Medical Cannabis Day in Hawaii your Hawaii Patients Union will hold a virtual event online. This event will be live with special guests including Dr. Otto and will start at 10am on Sunday, June 14th 2020. We hope you will attend virtually.

View Medical Cannabis Day Virtual Event Details.


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Event Details Hawaii Medical Cannabis Day 2020

Medical Cannabis Day in Hawaii

Let’s join together in gratitude for the many accomplishments that have lead to more patients receiving Cannabis medicine. We want to hear your stories with Cannabis medicine. We want to hear medical and industry professionals stories from the front lines. Essential and critical work to help ensure patients can access medicine in our home and dispensary markets. Join us, hele kakou!

  • 10:00am Introduction to Medical Cannabis Day by Clifton Otto MD
  • 10:15am Senator Russell Ruderman
  • 10:30am Hawaiian Ethos
  • 10:45am Big Island Grown
  • 11:00am Hawaii Hemp Farmer’s Association
  • 11:15am Cannabis Nurse Wendy Gibson
  • 11:30am Local Cannabis Thought Leaders, Roger Christie and Mike Ruggles
  • 11:45am Local Growers and Breeders
  • Continued discussion till noonISH Special Guests and Open sharing of gratitude and patient stories from the greatest Cannabis community in the world.

Medical Cannabis Day in Hawaii will be online this year.
Hele mai kakou!

Sunday June 14th 10:00am

Meeting ID: 720 2999 6058
Password: akamai

This celebration will be a chance for everyone to come together online, share stories and hang out with friends, advocates, medical and industry professionals, home growers and patients from all islands. If you’ve got something special you’d like to share, please let us know so we can schedule time for you.

Last year we got together at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo. This year we’re 100% online.

Photo of Mayor's Proclamation of Medical Cannabis Day. Signed by Mayor Harry Kim.
Medical Cannabis Day Proclamation from the Honorable Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim
Medical Cannabis Day 2020 Proclamation Kauai
Medical Cannabis Day Proclamation from the Honorable Kauai County Mayor Derek Kawakami


Medical Cannabis Day 2020 Proclamation
Medical Cannabis Day Proclamation from the Honorable Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Kirk Caldwell


Note: We didn’t receive the proclamation from Maui in time for publishing. We will add it if possible.

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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 so doctors could issue prescriptions efficiently and without violating the mandatory, statewide stay-at-home order in effect until April 30. Violation of that order is punishable by a $5,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

As a result of the proclamation, doctors in Hawai‘i are presently allowed to prescribe narcotics — classified as Schedule-2, Schedule-3, Schedule-4 and Schedule-5 — by way of a telemedicine appointment, even if the physicians have never met or examined the patient in person.

Drugs that meet the criteria for telehealth prescription include substances like oxycontin and valium. But medicinal cannabis — still considered by the federal government and the state of Hawai‘i as a Schedule-1 narcotic, alongside substances like heroin and LSD — isn’t part of the exemption.

“You can sense the urgency for some people,” said Dr. Jim Berg, who hasn’t certified a patient for medicinal cannabis consumption since early March. “When it’s your pain, it always hurts a lot more. Imagine getting migraines or having chronic injuries or arthritis. All you want to do is access (your medicine) legally and get on with your life.”

But, as of Monday, new patients can’t. When they’ll be able allowed to pursue all legal remedies for their ailments, including medicinal cannabis, remains an open question. That time won’t arrive before April 30 and with every passing day, the number of people impacted by the cannabis exclusion in the governor’s Executive Order grows.

Berg said Sunday he has 77 patients currently in the queue for a medical marijuana card. He’s one of several doctors allowed to certify on the Big Island and said the figure representing his patients alone will top 100 in the coming weeks.

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has done a “great job,” administering the program to this point up to this point, always conducting business with “kindness and respect,” Berg said. But he believes the exclusion Ige made March 23 will prove to be a mistake.

“(The medicinal use of cannabis) is legal in the state and the governor is responsible for allowing patients access to the medicine — to gain access without prejudice,” Berg said. “That’s the point of the law.”


Yet, it appears DOH won’t budge on the issue. Berg said he’s appealed to the department on two separate occasions to review the policy.

“DOH officially said they’re not going to allow it,” Berg continued.

He added that he sent emails directly to Gov. Ige and Lieutenant Gov. Josh Green on Thursday, April 2, imploring them to reexamine the issue but had not heard back from either man as of Sunday.

DOH and the Office of the Governor had not responded to email inquiries from Big Island Now about the issue, also as of Sunday afternoon.

Ige vaguely addressed at a press conference Friday a question about why medicinal marijuana wasn’t included in the prescription telehealth exemptions, which were part of his Executive Order that suspended portions of state narcotics law.

“We will look at all the impacts of the actions taken and make adjustments to emerging proclamations as necessary,” the governor said. “Our focus was ensuring we have the healthcare professionals here to provide service. We believe telehealth is an important asset … to extend (medical) reach into rural communities.”

Under the Obama Administration in 2013, the United States enacted the Cole Memorandum, which developed guidelines for how the federal government should interact with states on the issues of medicinal cannabis, as some states had legalized the plant for that use while it remained illegal at the federal level.

More or less, the Cole Memo “allows states to do what they needed to do with medicinal and recreational cannabis laws without fear of the federal government,” Berg said.

He added that the memo would apply to states extending telehealth certification options to patients dealing with chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and epilepsy, along with 12 other specific conditions approved for medicinal marijuana certification in Hawai‘i.

To qualify, conditions must be chronic, impact normal functional abilities of everyday life and cause some level of despair over time if not addressed. Severe pain would be Hawai‘i‘s most common condition, said Berg, adding that his average patient was in the neighborhood of 60-years-old the last time he surveyed them.

“If you’re 60 with a debilitating condition, that means you shouldn’t go into a doctor’s office at all because you’re high risk for COVID-19,” Berg said.

Patients, in this situation, could switch to aspirin, but it may not be enough to calm their pain and side effects like bleeding ulcers affect thousands annually due to aspirin use. Other drugs, like opioids, could be prescribed via telehealth, but many patients don’t easily tolerate chemical agents in those drugs, which have also proven to be highly addictive.

“I just hope (Gov. Ige) can be compassionate,” Berg said.

Special thanks to Max Dibble for writing and Big Island Now for publishing this story. Read the full story at

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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 5,000 traffic cases generated in and around Pu’u Huluhulu adds to the courts burden. After 8 attorneys failed to bring Mike’s case to court under an affirmative defense for medical Cannabis, Attorney Stanton Oshiro rose to the challenge. Stanton will not take most Cannabis-related cases. “But if you’re sincere, and Mike is it’s hard to say no.” So Mr. Oshiro like so many other lawyers are getting medical Cannabis educations hasta pronto. The jury and Mr. Oshiro are heros.

Medical patients in Hawaii that require Cannabis must follow dozens of laws, hundreds of rules and conflicting web pages of details as required by a few people in the department of health and governor’s office. If any rule is broken an affirmative defense is not allowed. Meaning, if you have rolling papers a judge may not allow you to tell a jury that you are a licensed patient with Cannabis purchased from any dispensary. Literally, you could walk into a dispensary today, purchase Cannabis and get busted pulling out of the parking lot.

Why? Because rolling papers are paraphernalia and still illegal in Hawaii. Police tell us they are not interested in busting people for rolling papers. But any officer will tell you the easiest way to search you and your car without a warrant is to have something illegal in plain sight. The creation of suspicion that allows police officers to do what some call, “warrantless vehicle searches.” Pill container in sight during a traffic stop? What else do you have or your passengers have in your car?

If your Cannabis is not stored properly for your ride home you would then lose your affirmative defense. This is “marijuana prohibition and you’re paying for it as taxpayers.”

The affirmative defense aspect of the medical Cannabis “program” was troubling to Stanton Oshiro as it has been for many lawmakers since the year 2000. That’s why they changed the law in 2015. Law enforcement and prosecutors misread the law intended to help patients acquire medicine. Lawmakers like Russell Ruderman and Joy San Buenaventura try to ease the suffering for patients. Yet courts have continually denied patients an affirmative defense.

In fact, Mike Ruggles case is the first of its kind where a jury decided his innocence. When faced with jail time vs a year probation most patients accept a plea bargain with the courts. Then they fail a drug screening over the course of their year of probation and they’re back into the court system. At this point the patient loses their medical license.

When arrestees lose their ability to tell a jury that they had a medical license for Cannabis justice is not served. In fact, hurting patients with court dates, fines, jail, community service and anything besides compassion is not what Hawaii, the state of Aloha was promised to be.

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Medical Cannabis Day in Hawaii is June 14th

June 14th, 2000 is the day then Governor Benjamin Cayetano signed a bill into law forever changing the rights of patients in Hawaii. Patients continue to suffer in many ways but on June 14th we’ll celebrate the day that set everything into motion.

SB0862 SD2 HD1 (HSCR 1319-00) 228 RELATING TO MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA. Effective: June 14, 2000

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Aloha Veterans Day

Hawaii Patients Union, llc

Mahalo a Nui Loa to all Hawaii Veterans for your contributions to society, business and our greater good. We appreciate your services and sacrifices to help keep and protect our freedoms.

We’d also like to thank the thousands of Veterans Groups around the world that support Veterans who benefit from Cannabis medicine.

Today is a Day of Action for the Hawaii Patients Union. We are joining efforts to create a Cannabis legalization bill to end the nonsense of prohibition. Sensible adult legalization coupled with strong patient protections moving forward is our primary goal in the union.

You’re invited to add your ideas, comments, feedback and anything else that will promote the idea of sensible Cannabis legislation in the State of Hawaii.

Visit the Group homepage on Facebook and request access:

Skip the Facebook group and view the doc as it’s being updated:

To review, edit and add specific language for patient protections visit this doc:

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October Meeting Gratitude

October Hawaii Patients Union Meeting

Special Mahalos to our presenters, Roger Christie, Eric “Drake” Weinert and Jeff Pollock for great information for patients.

Lots of information exchanged. Roger Christie opened the meeting up, hearts first and provided insights into what economic freedom could mean for Hawaii. A lingering thought… 1.6 billion dollars worth of Cannabis eradicated in the nineties by our local, state and federal governments. Roger has been a leader in this area for decades and learning how Cannabis played a role in our island’s history was mind-blowing. A video of Roger’s presentation will be appearing on his THC Ministries website post-editing.

Eric Weinert shined the light on Korean Natural Farming (KNF) for Cannabis. From fermented plant juices to Lacto Bacillus Recipes and other fungus among us. Really great primer on the need and opportunity to farm Cannabis with KNF techniques. Buy his book of KNF recipes. Really informative for patients or folks growing for patients who rely on Cannabis medicine. Contact Drake to learn how you can help save agricultural by moving away from petroleum based, synthetic chemicals for food and medicine.

A few compliance questions came up creating a perfect segue into Jeff Pollacks 10 minute presentation on legal insurance. His business for the last 12 years has been helping people connect with affordable legal services through Legal Shield. We learned the importance of having an attorney you can call, on the spot when a compliance check occurs. Or for any charge made against you. It’s not enough to win in court, the goal every patient should focus on is “staying out of court.” Legal services from a reputable law firm costs less than a cup of coffee using Legal Shield.

A general theme emerged among all presenters. Each mentioned natural law in the context of our natural rights to plant-based medicines.

For the organization we raised $61.00 in donations. Mahalo a nui loa for all you beautiful, sharing, giving people. We love you!

October Agenda (Meeting pau – Next Meeting Nov. 2nd)

Hawaii Innovation Center at Hilo Directions
117 Keawe Street, Hilo, Hi 96720


Free to Members

Suggested donation for non-members, $5-$10 (no one is turned away)

Join us! Become a member or just come spend a couple hours with us on the next Aloha First Friday.

When you RSVP it helps us plan better meetings.

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Living with Stage 4 Lung Cancer

Mahalo a nui loa to Hubert and Judy for sharing their Stage 4 Lung Cancer Story. Their hope is that this message will help others. Please share with anyone you know living with Lung Cancer.

 Our relationship with cancer began 6 months ago. My husband, Hubert, hadn’t
been feeling well for several months prior to his diagnosis. He had pain in his
back and shoulder but thought it was the result of too many years of physical
labor. He’d seen his doctor about it but, since they didn’t suspect cancer, they
didn’t check for it. Just before his diagnosis, he also felt it was becoming
increasingly difficult to get a deep breath.
 In September of 2017, the difficulty with breathing became serious enough for
him to go to the emergency room. They did a chest X-ray which showed
‘numerous nodules’ in the right lung as well as fluid in the pleural lining. From
there, he had a CT Scan which confirmed what we already knew, that he had lung
cancer – it was stage 4.
 It was another month before we met with the oncologist. During that time, friends
reached out to us with ideas on what we could do on our own to heal his cancer.
The first one we heard about was cannabis. We watched videos and read articles
and decided to implement it. We were fortunate to find someone who supply us
with the optimum balance of THC & CBD. Hubert took the recommended doses
which were massive. Our hope was that it would heal the cancer and avoid the
need for chemo. After he’d been on it for a month and before he started chemo,
he had another CT scan. It showed the nodules had grown and were spreading.
The concern expressed by those more knowledgeable than were was that, since
the high dosage hadn’t started to shrink the nodules, it might actually be
suppressing his immune system and allowing them to grown. With that new
information, we decided cut back on the dosage. By then, our research led us to
other natural protocols some of which we implemented.
 After all the genetic tests ordered by his oncologist were in, we finally had our
first meeting with her. She said he didn’t test positive for any of the targeted
therapies or for the immunotherapy. She also said that standard chemo may or
may not help but, even if it did help, the best we could hope for was a few months
to a couple of years but that he would definitely die from the disease. Even
though he didn’t test positive, she decided to give him immunotherapy anyway in
conjunction with the chemo in the hope it might help.
 We continued to receive suggestions for natural healing methods from family and
friends and, at the suggestion of someone we trusted, we chose to implement
“the everything approach”. That meant, we incorporated as many healing
methods as possible.
 We followed up with research on all the suggestions we received but, there’s so
much information on the Internet, it was overwhelming. The other thing was, for
every expert who said something offered a cure, there was another expert who
said it didn’t. With no time for trial and error, it was difficult if not impossible to
decide what we should do. Even when we did make a decision, we didn’t know
what the dosages should be.
 We were fortunate to know an expert in Applied Kinesiology, also known as
muscle testing. We took all the supplements we’d collected to our appointment.

In addition, we discussed all the proposed treatment options. From that, she
muscle tested everything to see if it would be beneficial and, if so, what the
dosages should be.
 We also got a second opinion from an integrative oncologist. She looked at his
records and said he definitely needed the chemo. She said, without it, he
wouldn’t live long enough to give the other methods a chance to work. It was
actually comforting to get that advice because, before that, we were conflicted; we
really didn’t want him to have to go through chemo.
 We implemented chemo, immunotherapy, and a host of other things which I’ll list
later. It as a difficult time since we didn’t know what, if anything, we were doing
was making a difference. We were literally living in the void.
 After four rounds of chemo/immunotherapy, he had another CT Scan – it was
overwhelmingly positive. His oncologist said she’d never seen anyone respond
the way he did. Most of the nodules were either completely gone or nearly gone.
To say the least, we were relieved and grateful. It told us that what we were
doing was, indeed, making a positive difference. It gave us hope and confidence.
 For now, Hubert is continuing on a maintenance program of chemo and
immunotherapy. The reason is, there could be microscopic cancer cells still
floating around that can’t be detected by any tests.
 We don’t know what the future will bring but, we believe, he has a very good
chance of recovering from something that, according to his doctor, would be fatal.
 Dealing with this has been painful and frightening but it’s also had many
blessings. We know our time together may be limited so we take time for each
other, our family and friends and to see and appreciate the beauty of life in all it’s
various forms.
Our desire is to be of help to others. If you have any questions, feel welcome to contact
Hubert at

Our healing protocols: There were many more options available but these are the things
Hubert implemented:

 Stopped working – which wasn’t really possible anyway
 Eliminated as much stress as possible
 Surrounded himself with loving, supportive people
 Listened to uplifting music, mostly classical or acapella choir
 Spent time in the sun
 Stop watching TV news
 Walked as much as his health would allow
 Laughed and enjoyed life as much as possible
 Held the belief that healing was an option
 Chose to stay in a place of gratitude rather than fear
 Stopped drinking coffee
 Started drinking organic green tea

 Drinks a lot of water
 Eliminated all processed sugar
 Stopped eating processed foods and fast foods
 Reduced gluten as well as other carbohydrates
 Reduced animal based food including meat and dairy
 Increased plant based food, especially those known for their cancer fighting
properties such as green leafy vegetable and those in the cabbage family
 To the extent possible, switched to organic food
 Drinks alkaline water purchased at the health food store and dispensed within 7
 Worked with an energy healer to help underlying, unresolved emotional issues
 Receives therapeutic massage
 Takes Ultimate Immune for additional immune support
 Takes ESSIAC and True Pine for their cancer healing & antioxidant properties
 Takes Melatonin for its ability to reduce tumors
 Gratefully, receives prayers and good wishes from family and friends
 Fasts for three full days before chemo and one day after

These documentaries, books and videos & newsletters have been helpful:
 Bruce Lipton, The Biology of Belief (Video or Book)
 Joe Dispenza, Becoming Supernatural (Book)
 Video – The Science of Fasting (Found on Amazon Prime)
 Cancer DeCoded – It’s a newsletter
 The Truth About Cancer – It’s a newsletter

These videos are related to cannabis and can be found on YouTube:
 CNN Special by Sanjay Gupta – Weed 1 & @
 Clearing the Smoke – Montana PBS Documentary
 Medical Cannabis and it’s impact on Human Health
 Leaf – Health Benefits of Juicing Raw Cannabis
 What if Cannabis Cured Cancer?
 Dr. Courtney Confirms Cannabis Oil Cures Brain Tumor
 Run From the Cure – The Rick Simpson Story

Websites related to cannabis
 naturessupplement.pdf

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VHA Policy Directive 1315 An Open Letter to Hawaii State Governor David Y. Ige

Aloha Governor Ige,

The Hawaii Patients Union are informing patient members of a new policy directive issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration that affects healthcare options for U.S. Veterans. Major changes in VHA DIRECTIVE 1315 include the addition of specific policies to support the Veteran-provider relationship when discussing the use of marijuana and its impact on health including Veteran-specific treatment plans.

VHA Policy Directive 1315 Hawaii Veterans

The purpose of the VA directive is to provide policy regarding access to VHA clinical programs for Veterans participating in a State-approved marijuana program. The new VHA policy encourages VA doctors and pharmacists to discuss with the Veteran marijuana use, due to its clinical relevance to patient care, and discuss marijuana use with any Veterans requesting information about marijuana.

The new policy directs VHA providers and/or pharmacists to discuss with patients how their use of State-approved medical marijuana to treat medical or psychiatric symptoms or conditions may relate to the Veterans participation in other clinical activities. The new policy directive includes specific responsibilities for VISN and medical facility directors to raise awareness among Veterans for Cannabis treatments and to document such efforts in patients health records. Specifically, the Veterans Administration and Veterans must not be denied VHA services solely because they are participating in State-approved marijuana programs.

The Hawaii Patients Union are requesting that the State of Hawaii share and forward this information as required in section 4 of VHA directive 1315. We are grateful for the State of Hawaii’s respect and care for our Veterans.

Copies of the letter linked below have been emailed to Hawaii State Governor David Y. Ige and all Hawaii State Legislators. Please share with your networks.