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ACTION ALERT: This bill supports opening up the growing of industrial hemp to all of Hawaii!

Aloha Hempsters…please submit testimony and share with your lists
The Hemp Bill we’ve been waiting for!!!
The first hearing for Hawaii’s Industrial Hemp Bill HB2555 has been set. This bill supports opening up the growing of industrial hemp to all of Hawaii! The bill was introduced by Rep Ing and has been signed by 35 House Reps!!!!12671625_431028277090875_1803971848835389594_o MStatement.pages

 

TESTIMONY NEEDED NOW
The first hearing for Hawaii’s Industrial Hemp Bill HB2555 has been set. This bill supports opening up the growing of industrial hemp to all of Hawaii! The bill was introduced by Rep Ing and has been signed by 35 House Reps!!!!

Your voice is greatly needed!
Please take 5 minutes and submit testimony…it’s easy and necessary for this bill to become law.

Copy and Paste link below to submit testimony:
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When submitting testimony Remember to check the SUPPORT button or it defaults to comment only
If you would like to write in testimony you can copy and paste the sample testimony below or write your own.
You can also just click support and not add a testimony.

Sample testimony:

I strongly support HB2555
27 US states have already passed industrial hemp legislation. Hawaii is in a unique position to grow industrial hemp year round proven by the research done by UH over the past 2 years with it’s pilot program .It’s time to expand this program to all Hawaii’s Farmers and Ag companies alike. If Hawaii is to be on the leading edge of this multi-million dollar industry Hawaii farmers and Large Agriculture companies need to be able to grow this crop now!
Expanding the growing of industrial hemp to all Hawaii will give farmers the opportunity to grow this crop and develop seed and strains that will boost our economy while helping to clean our soil and reduce our dependency on imports.

Respectfully yours

(your name)

Please submit your testimony by Thursday 2/11/16 , 2 PM

Steve Rose
President / C.E.H.

Maui Hemp Institute for Research & Innovation
95 Lipoa Street  Kihei, HI 96753
“It’s Hempin’in …Maui Style”
808-357-4564



 

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Help Veterans Access Medical Marijuana!

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Support The Veterans Equal Access Amendment   Click here to send 

Dear Member of Congress,

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I am writing to request that you support The Veterans Equal Access Amendment sponsored by Steve Daines (R-MT) and offered in the Senate Committee on Appropriations, which allows VA doctors to discuss medical marijuana with their patients where it is legal. The amendment will be offered as part of the Appropriations Committee’s consideration of the Milcon/VA bill.

Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) specifically prohibits its medical providers from completing forms brought by their patients seeking recommendations or opinions regarding participation in a state medical marijuana program. This amendment would authorize VA physicians and other health care providers to provide recommendations and opinions regarding the use of medical marijuana to veterans who live in medical marijuana states. In 2002, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in Conant v. Walters the right of physicians to recommend medical marijuana, regardless of its illegality under federal law, as well as the right of patients to receive accurate information. The Daines amendment would support that first amendment right and restore a healthy doctor-patient relationship.

There are numerous federal healthcare programs besides the VA such as Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP – but only the VA prohibits physicians from discussing and recommending medical marijuana to their patients. A Medicare patient may freely discuss medical marijuana use with her doctor, while a returning veteran is denied the same right.. Studies have shown that medical marijuana can help treat post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, illnesses typically suffered by Veterans. A 2014 study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24830188) of people with PTSD showed a greater than 75% reduction in severity of symptoms when patients were using cannabis to treat their illness, compared to when they were not. Veterans have served our country valiantly, so the least we can do is provide them with access to the medicine they require.

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THE ORGANIC EFFECT: What happens when a family that usually doesn’t eat organic food suddenly starts? Startling Results!

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Want to know what happens in your body when you switch from eating conventional food to organic? Watch this! The study was conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL, and the full report is available here:
https://www.coop.se/organiceffect

From COOP.SE:
We wanted to know more about what happens in the body when switching from conventional to organic food. The result was so interesting that we made a film to share with the masses.  We want to inspire more people to eat organic – we think it’s good for both people and the environment.

The study shows that choosing organic food can reduce the level of pesticides in the body. When the family switched to organic food, both the occurrence and the number of pesticides were reduced.

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UPDATE: BRIAN MURPHY OUT ON PROBATION!!! Should be home today. Interesting Timing???

freed-BrianOur Question is: Were they holding Brian so he couldn’t participate in the legislative process that just created Dispensaries rather than Full On Legalization? Hawaii’s Pot Mafia protected their Billions of profits in Black Market Recreational Pot by steering the debate towards Dispensaries for Medical Marijuana that are a Financial Burden for Sick People. Now that they see the light at the end of that tunnel they could afford to release Brian???? The corruption of this state is sickening.

Brian’s hearing for early parole is this Thursday at 8:30AM at the Wailuku courthouse in Courtroom 3 (Justice Cardoza’s courtroom). We at “Justice for Brian Murphy” are guardedly optimistic that he will be released but we do not want to take the power of the people, in this case his (local) supporters for granted.

We ask you to PLEASE write the Judge a letter of support if you have not already. If you live in the islands you can still mail it in the next 24 hours and it should get to the judge before Brian’s hearing, these are important and they do matter! It does not have to be more than a few sentences; polite and supporting letters asking for his immediate release on medical and ethical grounds.

Please mail them to: Judge Joseph Cardoza 2145 Main Street Wailuku, Hawai`i 96793-1679

Also, Brian has asked his supporters to please attend his hearing on Thursday. Please help us pack the seats of the courthouse by coming out to support Brian! Please come out for Brian and show your support in a respectful manner to let him know you care if you are able.

Thank you so much for all your support!

(Please feel free to share the contents of this to your wall or use to email to your own friends and feel free to sign your name and remove mine.)

Justice for Brian Murphy

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Monsanto forced to pull advertisement in South Africa. Unable to Substaiate Claims of Sustainability.

acb-logo monsanto1Monsanto was recently forced to withdraw one of its advertisements after The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa determined that the information in the advertisement was unsubstantiated.

The commercial boasted the many benefits of GMO crops, but The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) filed a complaint because they believed that Monsanto’s claims were false.

In the advertisement, Monsanto claimed that GMO crops “enable us to produce more food sustainably whilst using fewer resources; provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides; decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase crop yields substantially.”

After the complaint was filed, Monsanto was unable to provide sufficient evidence to support their claims, and were thus forced to pull the advertisement.

Here’s a link to the press release from The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa 

Monsanto was given an opportunity by ASA to respond to the ACB’s complaint but was according to the ASA, only able to provide the ASA with links to documents on its website but was unable to provide, as it is required to in terms of South African law governing advertising, inputs from an independent and credible expert confirming the various studies that Monsanto relied upon showing the ostensible benefits of GM crops.

“We are elated with this decision. Monsanto has already been warned by the ASA as far back as 2007, that it needs to substantiate its claims from an independent and credible expert in the matter of GM Food/M Wells/ 8739 (18 June 2007) regarding its claims of the so called benefits of GM crops. However, it appears Monsanto does not have much regard for South African law as it is hell bent on disseminating false information to the South African public, “ said Mariam Mayet, Executive Director of the ACB.

The ASA has warned Monsanto that “it should ensure that it holds proper substantiation for its advertising claims” or risk attracting further sanctions.

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Maui Causes Starting A New Hour Long TV show on Akaku.  Seeking Underwriter for Two 30 Sec “Sponsorship Acknowledgments” per show.

i-want-you-speak-up-2Soon to air, Maui Causes’ new hour-long public issues Interview TV Show on Akaku’s Channel 55. A new show every Monday Eve from 7 to 8 PM following Democracy Now, replay Sunday at 7PM.

Seeking corporate or commercial sponsor to underwrite the show. Two 30 second acknowledgements per hour.  Great exposure for a great cause: Maui Causes…Crowd Funded Media for Maui’s Not for Profits, Environmental and Progressive Causes.  That’s us!

Reach Sam Small for details.  (973) 271 0788  info@mauicauses.org

 

 

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BIG AG Buys Hawaii Government. In California, Disclosure Is The Norm But In Hawaii Rep. Clift Tsuji Doesn’t Want You To Know.

Big Ag’s Influence Kills Third Pesticide Disclosure Bill

California Has It, Why Can’t Hawaii?

For more detailed reporting see the article By Anita Hofschneider at Civil Beat

“There seems to be a lot of pushback and a lot of resistance for something that should be a no-brainer in Hawaii.” — Rep. Chris Lee

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Clift Tsuji killed his third pesticide disclosure bill this year.   Tsuji has single handedly ensured that the public won’t be able to find out details about what pesticides are being sprayed in the state and where.

SB 1037, introduced by Sen. Josh Green passed the Senate but Tsuji thinks he knows better. The measure would have required agricultural companies to submit monthly reports of what pesticides they use and in what amounts.

Disclosure here has run up against fierce resistance from members of the local agricultural industry who called the proposed requirements “burdensome:”.
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Currently the state collects data on the sales of restricted use pesticides, but not how, when or where they’re applied.

SB 1037, introduced by Sen. Josh Green originally targeted only large farms, reflecting concerns about the environmental impact of large companies like Monsanto that compose the state’s $243 million seed industry.  But Sen. Jill Tokuda from Kaneohe expanded the bill’s applicability before passing it out of the Ways and Means Committee. Tokuda may have set up the bill to fail because Tsuji then said that he was concerned about the bill’s broad application to all farmers and he killed it.

House Environmental Committee Chairman Chris Lee, who introduced a similar bill that also didn’t survive Tsuji’s committee. said that requiring companies to disclose what pesticides they spray would make it possible to conduct meaningful analyses of health problems that have been reported anecdotally in rural areas such as west Kauai.“Without disclosure of what’s being sprayed or in what quantities, we just can’t do that,” Lee said, adding: “There seems to be a lot of pushback and a lot of resistance for something that should be a no-brainer in Hawaii.”

“The idea behind this is that when they report to us what has been used, we will know in detail what has been used, where it’s been used, how it has been used,” said Charlotte Fadipe, spokeswoman for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

The data collected is mapped and residents can look up their towns to see what’s being sprayed nearby.

A 2011 study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley used the state’s data to discover that exposure to a combination of maneb and paraquat increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

A 2014 study by researchers at the University of California at Davis used the state’s pesticide use data to determine that pregnant women who were exposed to several common agricultural pesticides were more likely to give birth to children with developmental delays and autism.

One of the researchers of the UC Davis study, epidemiologist Janie Shelton, said she would recommend a spatially explicit monitoring system in Hawaii where applicators must report “1) what they sprayed (compound and active ingredient), 2) where they sprayed it (address, GPS coordinates, etc.), 3) when they applied it (date and time), and 4) how much was applied.”

Industry lobbies against disclosure:

Renee Pinel president and CEO of the Western Plant Health Association, a trade organization for fertilizer and pesticide manufacturers, agricultural retailers and biotechnology companies in California, Arizona and Hawaii said that even if the disclosure reports were limited to the largest pesticide users, they’re not necessary because studies by the federal Environmental Protection Agency already illustrate the impacts of pesticides.

But activists counter that that federal agencies have been clearly influenced by industry forces and many loopholes exist that allow the companies to spray in open fields chemical combinations that have never been tested together.

Proprietary Versus Transparency

A bill passed two years ago to require the state to make public data about the sales of restricted use pesticides, but the law hasn’t been implemented because officials are afraid the state will get sued.

Anne Lopez, spokeswoman from the state Attorney General’s office, said officials are concerned that companies simply won’t report certain information including what pesticides that are being used and where, even if it’s required by law.

Ashley Lukens, directs the Hawaii chapter of the national nonprofit Center for Food Safety. She said the withholding of data on pesticide use takes concerns “to the level of hysteria.”Lukens supports the Good Neighbor Program, but thinks it should be expanded statewide and made mandatory. “We know that when there’s transparency, the next step is accountability,” Lukens said.

Jim Raelson, a pediatrician from Kauai, says it’s impossible to even begin analyzing whether pesticides are affecting the health of his patients without any data and that the Good Neighbor Program is not enough.

“We’re in a community where a lot of the pesticides are used, there’s every reason to believe that they have a potential of causing problems,” he said, citing an American Academy of Pediatrics report that warned of the dangers of exposing children to certain chemicals. “There is no reason why we should suspect agricultural companies of hiding data from us, nor should we make it a voluntary thing. It should be just a simple obligation of doing business here.”

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Jon Rappoport Asks: Why doesn’t Hawaii Judge become a Monsanto employee?

Why doesn’t Hawaii Judge become a Monsanto employee?

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I can hear people saying, “She’s already working for Monsanto.”

If so, she’s doing a terrific job.

Federal Judge Susan Oki Mollway is doing everything she can to nullify what the voters of Maui legally created on Election Day 2014.

In an historic effort, those voters passed a ballot measure temporarily blocking Monsanto and Dow from continuing their toxic GMO and pesticide experiments in the “open-air laboratory” of Maui.

Monsanto and Dow then turned around and sued to nullify that vote, and the County Government of Maui, betraying their own citizens, joined forces with the two corporate behemoths.

Judge Mollway now has the case before her.

In her very latest stalling move, she’s postponed any action until June 15. Meanwhile, Monsanto and Dow are allowed to continue poisoning the people of Maui.

Mollway’s justification for her latest stall? Between now and June 15, the Hawaii State Legislature MIGHT pass a bill that decides the future of Dow and Monsanto on Maui and thus overrides Maui voters; and therefore waiting is the best option.

This, despite the fact that the relevant agriculture bills now sitting before the State Legislature are receiving zero attention. At the moment, they’re dead ducks. (See also thistime line story).

So what message is Judge Mollway really sending? It’s obvious. She’s nudging and winking at the Legislature, hoping they revive one of these bills or invent a new one and pass it. Soon.

She wants such a bill to make it clear that Monsanto and Dow can continue their GMO/pesticide experiments without interruption, regardless of what the voters of Maui have decided. She wants to destroy the ability of a vote to make any difference.

Since when does a sitting Federal Judge postpone making a judicial decision because another branch of government (the legislature) might enact a law?

In case you’ve forgotten, there are three branches of government, and they’re supposed to limit each other’s power.

What Mollway is doing is absurd. Ridiculous.

This would be like the US Supreme Court stating, “We are about to enter another round of decision-making on Obamacare—but we’re going to wait, because the Congress might possibly enact new legislation that clarifies the points we’re supposed to debate…”

Yes. Might. Possibly. And a hundred UFOs might land on Maui in early June and render, de facto, all governmental decisions null and void.

Why doesn’t Mollway just come out and say, “Look, there is no way I’m going to stop Monsanto and Dow from doing what they’ve been doing on Maui. I’ll employ any strategy to accomplish my objective. If anyone has suggestions on how I can achieve this, please email me. I’m open to all ideas. For example, the Maui voters were temporarily disabled on Election Day because a solar flare hit Hawaii and caused synaptic chaos. Or, Monsanto is actually a group of messianic extraterrestrials here to save us…”

Better yet, Mollway could simply declare Maui a judicial monarchy, appoint herself Queen, and cancel all voting privileges.

Under the cover of court gibberish and rigamarole, that’s what she’s doing.

Is there an appeals court that’s ready to push her off the case and off the bench? Or are they working for Monsanto, too?

Jon Rappoport

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HGEA Leader Perreira Would Rather See You Dead Than Let Change Come to Maui Hospital.  Tell State Legislature to Finally Deny Perreira.

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Last Chance? Maui Memorial Proposes Partnership –HGEA Rejects Again

Maui Memorial Medical Center plans to make $28 million in cuts to services and jobs starting July 1.

Immediate reductions will be made to non-clinical and non-essential contracts at the state-owned facility — part of the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. .The cuts include 50 to 75 administrative positions, the Maui region board said, adding that this is only expected to save the region a nominal amount compared to its shortfall. Public input is required in order to shut down services. Community meetings are being scheduled and will be announced once confirmed.

“The cuts to our hospitals, facilities, staffing and services we provide our communities will set us back 20 years,” Wesley Lo, chief executive officer of the Maui region, said in a statement.

The decision came after the latest state budget projections, the board said.

“We are limited by the options that we have before us,” Avery Chumbley, a member on the Maui region board, said in a press release. “We knew this day was going to happen and while we understand the state cannot continue to fund our financial shortfalls. For three years we have asked the Legislature to allow us to move forward on a public/private partnership so we could avoid this very day.”

by Andrew Walden, Guest Blogger:
The HGEA-controlled Hawaii State Legislature has rejected legislation to partner the HHSC with private medical systems repeatedly since the 2009 “Stroudwater Report” called for conversion of HHSC from an HGEA job trust to a non-profit hospital system and liberation of the system’s 5,000 employees from the civil service system.   Potential partner Banner Health Systems walked away from negotiations in 2013 after legislators used the excuse that Banner was a Mainland company to reject legislation authorizing its partnership proposal.  HGEA President Randy “F*** You” Perreira takes credit for the collapse of a 2014 effort to pass partnership legislation.  Within the last few days, Kaiser Health Systems announced that it would not be making a partnership proposal to HHSC.

Is this the last chance?  At the news conference, the question draws very different answers from HHSC and HPH:

HHSC’s Wes Lo replies, “I don’t know if this is the last chance or not.  I think we’ve put together a strong offer.”

Ray Vara of HPH says, “We’ve been around for 100 years, I suspect we’ll be around for 100 more and beyond.”

The difference between the two answers underlines the fact that the HGEA and UPW are toast.  The only real question is how the hospitals will be transformed: Will HHSC be absorbed organizationally? — or — Will private hospital systems such as HPH, Queen’s, and Kaiser step in to create new systems from scratch after the inevitable demise of HHSC?

perrieraRejecting the partnership proposal, the HGEA’s Perreira shows he is happy to continue living in a fool’s paradise.  Perreira tells KITV: “The leadership of Maui Memorial, including their board of directors and a number of physicians, they looking to sell the hospital.  It’s that simple.  And, frankly, their talk of a partnership is a misstatement.  Really, they are looking at an acquisition.”

The partnership proposal actually calls for the lease, not sale, of the Maui HHSC hospital buildings, but the facts don’t matter.  As columnist Richard Borreca explained January 6:

“The HGEA knows change to the hospital contract will not help union members, and a damaged membership will not support the existing union leaders. So stall, talk and then block is the course of action for the HGEA.”

The failure of then-Senator David Ige to deal with the HHSC crisis became an issue during the general election campaign.  Now-Governor Ige told the January 6 Star-Advertiser:

“… we have begun negotiations with (Hawaii Government Employees Association) Unit 9 (nurses) as well as with some of the other units where some of their membership is part of the hospital, so I do know that there needs to be some contract changes that are necessary to make the hospital system function better. I think that that’s kind of the starting point. I think we will be having discussions with the unions and talking about the kinds of things that are essential to allow the hospital system, operating as a government entity, to be successful….”

In a news release distributed at the conference, the potential partners outline their proposed structure and legislative action being requested:

HHSC would enter into a 25-year lease operator partnership agreement with HPH.

  • The lease operator partnership agreement would assign HPH with the sole responsibility for the provision of healthcare services at all Maui Region sites.
  • HPH will lease all MMMC facilities at a nominal rate for the purpose of operating and managing healthcare services for the Maui Region.
  • State to retain ownership of the land and facilities with responsibility for repayment of long-term liabilities, including postemployment benefit (OPEB) liabilities.
  • MMMC would retain its current assets to allow pay down of current liabilities.
  • HPH to work with State on alternative benefit arrangements for employees nearing retirement.

What we are requesting

  • Legislation to authorize HHSC to enter into a public/private partnership agreement with HPH.
  • Legislative intent to enable MMMC employees to transition into market based healthcare wage and benefit structure.
  • Legislative intent to commit to a 10-year subsidy time horizon by the State.
  • Funding of the State’s CIP commitments through the current year.
  • Initial appropriation to fund -jointly with HPH-implementation of necessary EHR/IT.
  • Legislation to assure governance and operational structure to enable HPH to effectively operate MMMC.

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