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Democratic Party of Hawaii Hosts 4/20 Forum to Discuss the Future of Cannabis in Hawaii – Forum Will Be Live-Streamed on Facebook

On Thursday (April 20th), the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i (DPH) will host a forum to discuss the future of cannabis in the state. The informational forum will serve to educate party members and the public at large on the debate surrounding cannabis and efforts currently underway at both the state and federal levels.

The conversation will be wide-ranging and touch upon decriminalization and descheduling efforts in Congress, decriminalization bills at the Hawai‘i State Legislature, the national trend toward legalization in other states and municipalities, the current status of measures relating to medical dispensaries across the state, and the health benefits of cannabis for Hawai‘i patients.

Panelists include U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (with a brief presentation via videoconference), Sen. Will Espero, Me Fuimaono-Poe (Medical Director and founder of the Maile Cannabis Clinic), and Pamela Lichty, MPH – (President of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i). A member is the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives has also been invited to join and will be confirmed tomorrow.

The forum will be moderated by Christopher Garth, Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Dispensary Alliance (HDA). The event will begin at 5:30pm with a legislation summary by Rep. Gabbard and continue with presentations from other panelists and a Q & A until 7:30pm. Tickets to the event are sold-out, so the DPH will be live-streaming the event via Facebook through the DPH page: https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiDems/

For more information contact: tim@hawaiidemocrats.org

Hawaii Democratic Party to Release “Haven of Aloha” Call to Action Letter and Petition

With the prospect that the themes and statements of intolerance from the 2016 presidential and congressional elections could find their way into the laws and policies of our national government, the Democratic Party of Hawai’i releases a statement on Thursday explaining how that outcome is unacceptable to the people of Hawai’i and contrary to the core values of our society.

The letter, entitled ‘Haven of Aloha” is intended to serve as a recognition of the need for protecting members of the Party and community at large as well as a call for state and local officials to stand up for these values and fill the void of leadership in protecting the social safety net for all.

“We felt it necessary to articulate the values that we stand for and will not compromise. Other municipalities and states have issued similar statements, but ours is unique to our culture and place because it is framed in the Aloha spirit.” said Tim Vandeveer, Chair of the DPH. According to the statement, this is because in Hawai‘i, ‘we are defined by diversity and guided by Aloha.’

“We have much to be proud of in these islands. By the greatest margins in our nation, we overwhelmingly rejected the politics of bigotry, misogyny and hatred. But still, we must redouble our efforts,” Vandeveer stated, “It is in this context that the job of local city and state governments and judiciaries, becomes so important.”

“Our congressional delegation will stand up for us to ensure that we have a voice as the party in opposition to the potentially hostile agenda of the GOP-majority Congress and the President. However, where the social safety net is torn asunder at the federal level it will become incumbent upon our local leaders to utilize our values to bind together and preserve our quality of life and character of our society– to take leadership and responsibility for the most vulnerable among us as well as our youth and coming generations.”

The message is the core of a document the DPH created and invited the Congressional Delegation, State Executive, Senate and House leadership, the Mayor and City Council, and others to sign onto as a unified public statement of shared values to send notice of recognition and protection to potentially affected communities.

The letter serves as a call to action for party members and elected officials to stand up for all people, and fight to protect abiding values of liberty, social justice, economic justice, protection of the environment, and compassion and respect for the dignity and worth of the individual. It urges residents to continue to respect and welcome immigrants, refugees, people of all religions, races and sexual identities, as we work for the betterment of humankind.

“Hawai‘i must continue as a diverse, inclusive, and positive model for our fellow citizens across the ocean and beyond. May we always be an inspiring ‘Haven of Aloha’,” said Vandeveer.

Please join us at DPH Headquarters located at 627 South St. #105 on Thursday, January 26 at 2pm for a formal unveiling and release of the ‘Haven of Aloha’ document, list of signatories, additional statements of support and invitation for public participation via an islands-wide petition.

Selection Process for Vacant Hawaii State Senate Seat, District 1

From the Hawaii County Democrats Website:

Background

On December 6, 2010, Senator Dwight Takamine resigned his position as Hawaii State Senator from Senate District 1. Hawaii State Law requires the political party of the outgoing office holder to select and forward three names to the Governor from which he selects the person to fill the vacancy.

All members of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, who have been members of the Party for at least six months and reside in Senate District 1, are eligible to apply to be considered for the position.

Senate Seat Selection Meeting

The Senate Seat Selection meeting is set for Sunday, December 19, 2010, 1:00-5:00 p.m., at Laupahoehoe High School band room.

Criteria to participate in this meeting is set forth in the Constitution of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Section 12B, which states, “The respective officers of the Precinct Clubs and District Councils affected shall select the candidates if the vacancy is for an office representing a State Senate District.”

At the meeting, applicants for the Senate Seat vacancy will have an opportunity to discuss their qualifications with the selection body.

At the conclusion of the meeting, secret balloting will be conducted as follows:

  • There will be three rounds of balloting, one round for each of the three names to be submitted to the Governor for consideration.
  • For each round of balloting, each precinct will caucus and decide, from the field of applicants, on one applicant’s name they want to put forward for that round of balloting.

Please note that the ad hoc State Senate Seat Selection Planning Committee, which was charged with developing this current selection process, has decided that each District Chair will caucus with his or her own precinct; there will be no “super delegate” balloting status for District Chairs and District Council members.

Final Selection

The names of the three top vote getters will be forwarded to the Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, who will in turn forward those names on to the Governor for consideration. The Governor will make the final selection.

CANDIDATES:

Kenneth Goodenow Cover Letter
Kenneth Goodenow Resume

Donald Ikeda Cover Letter
Donald Ikeda Resume

Lorraine R. Inouye Cover Letter and Resume

Robert “Bob” Marx Cover Letter
Robert “Bob” Marx Resume

Mark Nakashima Cover Letter and Resume

Malama Solomon Resume