Drug War Rally and Panel Discussion in Honolulu and Hilo This Weekend

Hawaii Drug Policy Forum joins the The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation to mark the 40th anniversary of the government’s “War on Drugs” at two public events this weekend.

The “Stop the Drug War” rally and sign waving will be held Friday, June 17, 2011 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Hawaii State Capitol.

Trying Our Patients: Politics vs. Health in the War on Drugs,” featuring speaker Scott Michelman from the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project and a subsequent panel discussion, will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., in the 2nd Floor Maui Meeting Room.

Featured speaker according to this website is Scott Michelman, National ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project attorney, has litigated cases involving medical marijuana, racially discriminatory drug law enforcement, federal sentencing law, and unreasonable search and seizure. He previously taught civil rights litigation at the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice and has served as an adjunct professor at Santa Clara Law School. Over the course of his career, Mr. Michelman’s docket has spanned a broad range of civil rights issues, including post-September 11 abuse of executive power, employment discrimination and wrongful termination, political protest, immigrants’ rights, freedom of the press, and enforcement of federal statutory rights. Mr. Michelman graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

The panel topics and speakers include:

Collateral Damage #1: Drug War Politics Trumps Science
“The Case for Rescheduling Cannabis,” Charlie Webb, M.D., Hawai`i island physician who drafted Hawai`i Medical Association’s resolution urging rescheduling of cannabis to Schedule III.

Collateral Damage #2: Drug War Politics Impedes Research
“Barriers to Cannabis Research in Hawai`i,” Clifton Otto, M.D., who advocated for research in the 2011 legislative session. He will also talk about his experiences as a first-time advocate.

Collateral Damage #3: Pain, Suffering & Arrests
“Experiences of Hawai`i Island Patients and Advocates,” Matt Rifkin, Americans for Safe Access, Big Island Chapter and Friends for Justice, will talk about organizing patients, support groups, implementation of the Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Ordinance and patient arrests for transporting cannabis.

There will be a rally in Hilo on Friday, June 17 from 4 to 6pm in front of the King Kamehameha statue on Kamehameha Avenue.

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  • Matt

    there will be a rally in Hilo on Friday June 17 from 4 to 6pm in front of the King Kamehameha statue on Kamehameha Avenue…

    Stop the Drug War!

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  • Matt

    well…Akaka is retiring, so he is out of the way…unfortunately, Hirono, Case, Hanneman and the same old crowd is running for the vacant seat…

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  • Fairuse

    Akaka and Inouye don’t even bother to send form letter replies to me anymore. They are NOT receptive to drug policy reform. They should be put out to pasture NOW.

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