Thank you for printing the AP story, "Hawaii has worst crystal meth problem"
in the U.S. and for mentioning that the Big Island has the worst of it in
Hawaii. The Associated Press, U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo and you tell it like it
is - almost.
The worst human tragedy in Hawaii history did not "just happen." It was
thought-up, debated, approved and caused by an artificial social policy
known as the "marijuana eradication program." A program which continues this
very day. It is a monumental failure and now I want to know exactly,
specifically - who is responsible, who is accountable, and who is liable for
the damage done by this taxpayer-funded program? We were forced to pay for
this debacle and suffer the loss of civil liberties, for what? For turning
pot smokers into ice smokers. What a screw-up.
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Concerned citizens and marijuana advocates crowded the County Council
conference room Tuesday to testify against the acceptance of federal funds
for Green Harvest, the island's marijuana eradication program.
Following hours of testimony, County Council members agreed to sponsor a
workshop to facilitate a dialogue between the community and police. A date
for the workshop was not announced.
Thirty - two people testified for more than four hours regarding police
helicopters flying too low, medical marijuana plants being wrongfully
seized, police using marijuana for their personal use and the need to
concentrate more efforts on battling crystal methampetamine or "ice."
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HILO - A couple of medical marijuana cardholders who were arrested and had
their plants seized recently were among several people who testified Tuesday
at a council Finance Committee meeting.
A video of last month's arrests of John and Rhonda Robison and Kealoha "Kea"
Wells, and the seizure of 20 marijuana plants, also was played for
Wells, 30, and John Robison, 36, hold Department of Public Safety-issued
medical marijuana cards as they suffer from acute lymphocytic leukemia.
Rhonda Robison, 31, holds a medical marijuana card for her
Charco-Marie-Tooth muscular dystrophy.
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Is the statewide marijuana eradication campaign leading drug users to
crystal methamphetamine? An 8-year-old study supports an ice-pot connection,
and is making headlines on the Big Island, where concerned citizens are
pressing county officials to junk costly Green Harvest raids in favor of
cracking down on ice, aka batu ("Police violations," HW, 7/24).
The ice/pot theory is not new, nor confined to Hawai'i County. The Institute
for scientific Analysis of San Francisco found that crystal meth use in
Honolulu during the 1980s was replacing pot use, most pointedly in
low-income areas where marijuana had become scarce and expensive due to
eradication (Cover Story, "High Anxiety," HW, 10/27/99).
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When Hawai'i became the first state to enact a medical marijuana law,
legislators were praised for their progressive stance on a highly
But two years later, the state's Medical Marijuana Program has yet to
realize its full potential.
Criticized by mainstream doctors, in conflict with federal law and held in
low regard by many law enforcement officials, the program continues to
tip-toe around the forces that opposed its enactment in the first place.
Recent arrests of medical marijuana patients on the Big Island illustrate
the problems that can occur when the program crosses paths with police more
accustomed to battling marijuana in the war on drugs than upholding a law
allowing limited use.
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Aloha. Your editorial of July 8th is one for the record books. Since you
praise it so highly, I dare you to report on the unintended(?) consequences
of your island's marijuana eradication program.
Kauai has a raging "ice" epidemic and other negative social indicators all
around and yet you pretend to wonder where they came from? Duh! From the
program you praise so highly, that's where!
Just ask Dr. Patricia Morgan, Associate Professor of Public Health at U.C.
Berkeley. She did the Hawai'i study connecting the dots from marijuana
eradication directly to the ice epidemic from 1991 - 1994. Her telephone
number is (510) 642-4861. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The time of accountability for Hawaii's 'marijuana eradication program' has
come. Horrible social, economic and environmental damage have grown for
decades on the manure of prohibitionist media and journalism, DARE
misinformation, police propaganda and the lack of a 'mandatory program
review.' It's time to take a good, hard look at what's going on here, and
repair it now for our healthy and prosperous future.
Reported and many more unreported incidents of heavily armed and violent,
ninja-clad robbers looking for 'medical marijuana,' Forbes magazine
declaring doing business in Hawaii is akin to 'economic suicide,' statewide
poverty, the 'ice' epidemic, poisoned gardens, post-traumatic stress
disorder from a terrorized rural populace, the exodus from here to anywhere
- - all of these and more are examples of unintended consequences of the
state's marijuana eradication program, now in its 30th year.
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Six Hawai'i County Council members have been sued for allegedly violating
the county's charter by continuing to fail to do a review of the county's
marijuana enforcement program.
Roger Christie, a longtime marijuana advocate who filed the lawsuit
Wednesday, had previously won part of a $75,000 out-of-court settlement for
allegedly illegal enforcement actions.
The lawsuit named as defendants County Council Chairman Jimmy Arakaki and
members Aaron Chung, Leningrad Elarionoff, Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd, Gary
Safarik and Dominic Yagong. All are Democrats, except for Republican
Elarionoff. He and Safarik are former police officers.
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HILO - Four out of the five people who showed up at a public hearing Monday
on the county's 2002 - 03 fiscal year testified against money allocated
toward "Green Harvest."
Those testifying at the hearing included marijuana advocates Roger Christie
and Aaron Anderson, along with Sarah Taylor and Ina Campbell, both of Puna.
The fifth attendee did not testify but sat with those who did and gestured
his support for them by slapping his leg, nodding and muttering "give to 'em."
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