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Nov. 7th, 2020

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The Mālie Cannabis Clinic was established in 2016 and is the first Nurse Practitioner lead cannabis clinic in the state of Hawaii. Mālie Cannabis Clinic provides medical marijuana evaluations, education, and electronic approval for the Department of Health 329 medical marijuana cards.

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The Event Replay

Experts Presented Topics Impacting Hawaii 

Each presenter provided a wide window of insights that anyone apply in your own healing journey. Growers, patients, industry investors and government agencies will benefit from watching this event. 

8:45am – Elizabeth Knight from the Colorado set the stage for the day with an unifying event introduction.

Several presenters and attendees shared a heartfelt introduction to our keynote presenter and how she has changed so many lives. Alice O’Leary Randall then gave everyone a sense of belonging and hope in her keynote presentation, “Hawaii: There From The Start”. 

9:00am – Presenters began sharing their expertise on a variety of topics. Live presentations were supplemented with slides presenters. View Topics

Attendees enjoyed a full experience from home. Patients were able to medicate without fear of being in public spaces.

If gathering is allowed in your area, grab some friends, put the big screen on the lanai or in the greenhouse and participate in the discussions following the presentations.

Attendance was free thanks in part to the Malie Cannabis Clinic, our friend and event sponsorship by Me Fuimaono-Poe. Talofa Me!

Featured Presenters

Alice O’Leary Randall

“Hawaii: There from the Start”

Alice O’Leary Randall is a senior spokesperson for the medical cannabis movement, co-founded in 1976 with her late husband, Robert C. Randall, the first person in the U.S. to legally receive medical cannabis. For more than two decades Robert and Alice worked tirelessly to reform the prohibitions against cannabis. After Robert’s untimely death in 2001, Alice became a hospice nurse and later a grief counselor. She retired in 2012 and re-entered the medical cannabis field. She frequently writes and speaks on the issue. Working with Mary’s Medicinals of Denver she developed the Cannabis Primer series in 2015 and Mary’s Prime Time in 2017, both of which are available at maryspubs.com. She has served on the Board of Directors for American Cannabis Nurses Association and the advisory board for United in Compassion, an Australian medical cannabis organization. Her book, Medical Marijuana in America: Memoir of a Pioneer was first released in April 2014. Her most recent book, released on December 17, 2019, is Pain-Free with CBD, co-authored by Eloise Theisen and published by Rockridge Press.

Me Fuimaono- Poe, FNP- BC

Me Fuimaono-Poe, FNP- BC

“The Divine Feminine History of Cannabis”

Me (May) is a Family Nurse Practitioner in Honolulu, Hawaii she is board-certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and licensed by the state of Hawaii to provide family-centered healthcare to patients of all ages. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems beginning in infancy and continuing throughout the aging process.

Read more about Me’s esteemed career and her health and cultural impacts in Cannabis healthcare.

Presenter photo Brian Applegarth Enlightn Strategies
Brian Applegarth, Enlightn Strategies

Brian Applegarth

“Cannabis Tourism – Opportunities, Issues and Strategies”

Brian Applegarth has led the advancement of cannabis tourism. He founded the California Cannabis Tourism Association and is an expert adviser to MMGY Global and MMGY Travel Intelligence, the world’s leading integrated travel and hospitality marketing agency.

Brian is co-owner of Enlightn Strategies, a company that develops and implements data-driven plans for destinations and hotels seeking to capitalize on the CBD, hemp, and cannabis-related opportunities.

Read more about Brian’s most recent work and Cannabis industry impacts

Hollie Hall Ph.D.

“Cannabis Appellations”

Hollie Hall, Ph.D., is a soil and water scientist with expertise in the Adaptive Management of Watersheds. She applies her expertise to support Cannabis farmers to transition into environmentally compliant, water-secure, regenerative agricultural systems. Hollie started a program to develop a scientifically-derived environmental, geographic, and cultural baseline for the delineation of Humboldt’s Cannabis Appellations. Her project will support local economy stimulation through the increased value of locally produced cannabis, growth of commercial cannabis-related businesses, and countywide tourism activities.  Hollie owns and operates two natural resources consulting firms, serves as a Board Member for the International Cannabis Farmers Association, is a Humboldt County Fish & Game Advisory Commissioner, and lead researcher for the Humboldt County Cannabis Appellations of Origin Baseline Study.

Read more about Hollie’s efforts and impacts in Cannabis farming and appellations of origin.

Farmer Tom Lauerman

“Hemp Farming on Small Farms”

Farmer Tom Lauerman was born and raised in San Diego. He grew up surfing, skateboarding and downhill mountain bike racing which led to a lifelong love of the earth and all things outdoors.

Tom developed a deep appreciation for cannabis. Because of it’s miraculous healing ability for sports injuries and it’s relaxing proprieties, it’s driven Tom’s mission to ensure that everyone has access to this amazing plant’s many benefits.

Tom’s Hemp farm and his passion for growing organic fruits/veggies and organic cannabis continues to expand as he educates people on how to grow organically for themselves.

Read more about Farmer Tom’s efforts and vision for Hemp and Cannabis.

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Farmer Tom Lauerman
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Carl Olsen

“A Federal Exemption for Medical Patients”

Carl Olsen is asking the Iowa Department of Public Health to request acknowledgment from the federal government that Iowa’s medical cannabidiol program is exempt from controlled substance restrictions.

The template for that exemption proposal comes from peyote, a psychoactive cactus that’s used as a sacrament by some indigenous Americans. While peyote is a schedule I substance like marijuana, federal regulatory code provides a religious exemption for members of the Native American Church to use it.

Olsen wonders if marijuana could be recognized with a similar exemption.

“If a church or a religion is entitled to have a broad exemption like that, certainly a state government has that right,” Olsen said at the Aug. 2 Medical Cannabidiol Board meeting.

Read more about Carl’s efforts in support of medical Cannabis since his founding of Iowans for Medical Marijuana in 1985.

Clifton Otto, MD

“A Federal Exemption for Medical Patients in Hawaii”

Dr. Otto is a medical doctor who practices Cannabis Medicine and performs certification evaluations for patients who want to enroll in Hawaii’s Medical Use of Cannabis Program. He was a member of the original Hawaii Dispensary Task Force and has been involved since 2011 as an advocate for protecting patient rights and expanding awareness about the medical potential of cannabinoids beyond THC. Dr. Otto’s current projects include improving medical cannabis best practices in Hawaii and ending the conflict with the federal regulation of the non-medical use of marijuana by means of a federal administrative exemption. Dr. Otto is also the founder of Hawaii Medical Cannabis Day, an event that has been honoring our medical cannabis patients since 2019 by raising awareness about the significance of the day that Hawaii accepted the medical use of cannabis.

View Dr. Otto’s documentation and his efforts on his website, Cannabis Healthcare Hawaii.

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Clifton Otto MD

Wendy Gibson RN/BSN

“Update on Legislation and Patient Priorities”

Wendy Gibson R.N/BSN is an American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) member, devoted to ACNA’s mission: to advance excellence in cannabis nursing practice through patient advocacy, collaboration, education, research and policy development. She is also a conscientious objector in the failed, racist drug war.

She has worked in the field of health care for over 35 years, 27 of those in Hawaii.  

For the past 6 years, she has served as the Field Organizer for the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii and The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii–educating hundreds of health care professionals, and patients— as well as dozens of policy makers — about medical cannabis and Hawaii’s drug laws. 

She has served on multiple legislative oversight working groups and task forces; some that helped shape the medical cannabis dispensary program and provide patient protections.

She has over 35 CEU/CME credits in medical cannabis education.  She was a co-presenter at a Hawaii’s first cannabis CEU course for nurses, a CEU course for dermatologists as well as a guest lecturer for UH Manoa School of Nursing (CAM program). 

Learn more about Wendy’s work with the Drug Policy Forum and her updated Version of the Medical Cannabis Guide for Patients and Health Care Professionals!

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Wendy Gibson RN/BSN

Wendy’s CannShift 2020 Presentation Coming Soon.

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