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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Cocaine News: Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi Files for Divorce -- Tries to Keep Case Records Secret
By Andrew Walden @ 11:52 PM :: 669 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, First Amendment, Judiciary, Drugs

...Plaintiff is a prominent City Council member. Her husband is a political consultant. Therefore, her position on the City Council would pique the interest of this news organization. However, her personal life should not be the subject matter of the news media....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Sen. Brian Schatz Says 'Libertarians Should Be Freaking Out About Portland.' Where Has He Been?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 1189 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Police, Drugs

...The Hawaii senator fails to fully consider the causes of bad policing....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
​HB1819: Legislature passes bill to legalize industrial hemp
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 1135 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Drugs

...Another hemp bill, Senate Bill 1353, was vetoed by Governor Ige last year, after he expressed concerns that it was unenforceable. This year’s version was worked on directly with the Governor's administration to ensure its enactment....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
HB2457: Senate Fails to Protect Kids by Voting to Allow Continued Sale of Menthol E-Cigarettes and Cigarettes
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 791 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...Statement of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association and American Lung Association....

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Friday, June 5, 2020
UPW Prison Guard Busted Allegedly Smuggling Meth into OCCC
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 1227 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...the UPW still has not agreed to allow all guards to be searched for contraband....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Cocaine: Another Tsuneyoshi Running for Honolulu Council
By Andrew Walden @ 3:24 PM :: 3784 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Drugs

...Convicted cocaine dealer and MMA fight promoter Chad Tsuneyoshi may not be satisfied with just having his wife on the Honolulu Council....

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Feds: Kauai Councilman is Meth Kingpin for Samoan Prison Gang
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 3882 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Politicians, Drugs

...Sitting Kauai County Councilmember and Eleven Others Charged with Participation in a Drug Trafficking Organization....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Vaping and Tobacco Harm Reduction in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:22 PM :: 1180 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...Analysis of the vaping industry in Hawaii, including economic data, state health department findings on vaping-related lung illnesses, youth e-cigarette use, tobacco retail compliance checks, and state funding dedicated to tobacco control programs....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Study: 25% of CFS Clients Victims of Sex Trafficking
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 1508 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, Drugs
...The six-page survey was administered over the course of three months to 363 individuals seeking help by trained social workers or support staff of Child & Family Service....
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Monday, February 3, 2020
Fireworks Prove Honolulu Port Security Lacking
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 9:38 PM :: 1153 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...“New Year’s Eve was just one of many indications that the inspection process is lacking, which is how illegal goods are coming into the state through our ports. We have seen an increase in gun violence, drug addiction is an epidemic and we are at high-risk for suffering from toxic substances and agricultural invasive species that can hurt our environment,” said Councilmember Pine....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Eliminating Barriers to the Treatment of Mental Illness -- HRS Evaluated Law by Law
By News Release @ 11:57 AM :: 1382 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...In 2019, Hawaii's legislature expressly re-incorporated failure to obtain needed treatment for mental illness to prevent serious physical debilitation or disease into its definition of 'dangerous to self.' ....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Family of Murdered Woman Demands Action Against Homeless Criminal Camp Near Whitmore Village
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 2234 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture, Homelessness, Law Enforcement, Drugs

"...ADC acknowledged that there is some criminal activity going on but said they did not want to send sheriffs there and clear it out because criminals would just come back...."

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
DoH Orders Shutdown of Unlicensed Drug Treatment Centers
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1637 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Drugs

...Pacific Quest Corp operating two illegal special treatment facilities or therapeutic living programs....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Hawaii Attorney General Approves Asset Forfeiture Rules
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 1442 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

...the administrative asset forfeiture rules will become effective on January 17, 2020....

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Friday, November 15, 2019
DoH: Marijuana Behind Most Vaping Illness
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 1653 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...FDA and state health laboratories have detected vitamin E acetate (a synthetic form of vitamin E) in a sample of vaping fluids also containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active compound in marijuana....

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
LEAD: Homeless Law Enforcement Program Spreads to Big Island
By News Release @ 5:29 PM :: 1519 Views :: Homelessness, Drugs

... The Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) will operate the pilot project ....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Kea'au Beach Park Meth Camp: Luxury Cars, Boats, and Jet Skis Bulldozed
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 2649 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Drugs

... Its hard being a tweeker ....

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Monday, October 7, 2019
DoH public health advisory urging everyone to stop vaping
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 1709 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...If you are an adult using vaping devices to kick a cigarette habit, do not return to smoking cigarettes....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Feds Charge 15 in Hawaii Gambling Bust
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 2245 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

...These cases are being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security (Homeland Security Investigations), Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA), U.S. Marshals Service Hawaii Fugitive Task Force, and the Honolulu Police Department....

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Thursday, August 15, 2019
Ebbtide Waikiki: Fullard-Leo Family Fights Pimps for Control of Hotel (literally)
By Andrew Walden @ 6:16 PM :: 7719 Views :: Development, Law Enforcement, Police, Tourism, Drugs

...a July 22, 2019 'melee' between members of the Fullard-Leo family and 20 pimps and drug dealers....

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Sunday, July 7, 2019
HSTA applauds governor's intent to veto bill on e-cigarettes in schools
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2942 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...SB 1405 calls for confiscation, increased fines for youth....

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Meth Bust Nets Retired Guam Police Officer
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 2794 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...John Topasna Mantanona aka 'Boom' was arrested today, June 26, 2019, and charged with obstructing justice by endeavoring to influence a juror and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine hydrochloride....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
OHA Granted Marijuana Grower Right to Audit LLCs
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 AM :: 2670 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Drugs

"... (Marijuana grower Ranson Shepherd) may audit any and all records of (OHA) relating to the Confidential Information, as well as (OHA’s) security and protection measures, and procedures ...."

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
HB1383: Will Ige Veto Marijuana Decriminalization?
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:04 PM :: 3106 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...the Governor has indicated his discomfort with the bill....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Hawaii joins states suing OxyContin maker
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 2043 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...In Hawaii, opioid deaths, hospitalizations, and treatment services have risen significantly over the last several years....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Drug Use by State: Hawaii 2nd-Lowest
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 1877 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Drugs

...Hawaii has the 2nd-most treatment centers per drug user....

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Corrections Officer charged with felony drug offense
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 3408 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement, Drugs

...the police officer observed drug paraphernalia in plain view and subsequently arrested Espejo....

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:02 AM :: 3188 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...On Thursday, May 3, 2019, the 30th legislative session closed.... 

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
DoH: CBD Products are Illegal, 'Adulterated'
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 2855 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

...warning letters have been sent to companies that have targeted vulnerable populations with false advertising....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
House Republican Caucus: Session Mostly Notable for Marijuana Legislation
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 2917 Views :: Republican Party, Drugs

...2019 Legislative Session – Notable Bills....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:36 PM :: 3191 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...Sine Die May 2--What happens next at the Governor's Office?....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
SB1353: Industrial Hemp Heading to Governor's Desk
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 2912 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...industrial hemp business for the U.S. is significant for Hawaii, where the climate makes it possible to harvest up to three crops annually....

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Friday, April 19, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:11 PM :: 3517 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...Most of the suicide bills we have been tracking are in conference committee....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hawaii More drug deaths than traffic fatalities
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 2320 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Drugs

...through 2018, the incidence of drug related deaths in the state has surpassed traffic fatalities in Hawaii. Fortunately, death rates have declined since the Initiative was launched, with more than 120 overdose reversal from administration of Naloxone in the last year....

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Sunday, March 24, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:33 PM :: 4665 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Life, Drugs

... We believe these bills are unconstitutional ....

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Friday, March 15, 2019
Comments Suggesting Legislators Smoked Weed Stricken from House Journal
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:19 AM :: 2823 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Drugs

...“What's most ironic is my comments were censored by Majority Leader Belatti, who happens to be a strong advocate to legalize marijuana." -- Rep Gene Ward....

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:54 PM :: 3055 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...CROSSOVER: Bills alive move to the opposite chamber....

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Thursday, March 7, 2019
DoH Launches Marijuana Sales to Tourists
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 2561 Views :: Tourism, Drugs

...Out-of-state minors can also apply if they (claim to) meet specific eligibility criteria....

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Sunday, March 3, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:52 PM :: 3250 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...decriminalization of marijuana is not the same as marijuana legalization....

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Friday, March 1, 2019
HCR31: Remove Oxy Dealer's Name from Smithsonian
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 2:20 PM :: 1783 Views :: Drugs

...The Sackler family is held largely responsible for our current opioid epidemic – the No. 1 killer in our nation....

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:36 PM :: 3259 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...Several bills to educate the community on suicide prevention are making their way through the legislative process....

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Sunday, February 3, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:25 PM :: 1766 Views :: Drugs

... Monday, February 4, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee will be hearing HB 1383 Relating to Marijuana in room 325 at 2:05 ....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Rep Thielen: Power, Drugs and Imminent Danger Top Concerns
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 5:07 PM :: 4104 Views :: Military, Republican Party, Drugs

...Rep. Cynthia Thielen's bills this Legislative session....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Video: Origins of the Opioid Crisis
By Video @ 10:10 PM :: 2429 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...Dr. Jeffrey Singer exposes the facts and myths about the opioid overdose problem in the United States....

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
HB939: State Ag Bill Restricts Hemp Growers More Than Feds Do
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 12:40 AM :: 2957 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...The Hawaii DOA lists the following erroneous justification for HB939: "Given the nature of hemp as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance . . .."   However, as of Dec. 20, 2018, hemp was removed from that list....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
DoH Reports 23,479 Medicated Dopers Statewide
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 2984 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...As of Nov. 30, 2018 there were approximately 6,659 registered patients and 383 caregivers on Hawai‘i Island of the total 23,479 patients and 1,734 caregivers registered statewide. The primary reported condition for adult registered patients is ‘severe pain’. The primary reported condition for children under 18 years of age is ‘seizures’....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Harassed by Drugged-out Shelter–Refusers, Iolani Palace to close early--Children's Center may Shut Down
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 3911 Views :: Homelessness, Drugs

...there have been increasing issues with vandalism including damage to a palace window and graffiti on historic structures. This is a result of night time vagrancy and items such as hypodermic needles being left on the grass....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Hawaii Sex Trafficking Study--Part 2 Released
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 4030 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, Drugs

"...Eighty percent of those forcibly initiated into prostitution via sex trafficking also prostituted without a trafficker at a later point...."

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Friday, December 21, 2018
Trump Signs Farm Bill Legalizing Hemp
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 2:22 AM :: 5294 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...Representative Cynthia Thielen (R–Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) celebrates the legalization of industrial hemp through the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), better known as the 2018 Farm Bill....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
UH Study: Tweekers 15.1% of Emergency Room Traffic at Hawaii Hospital
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 3479 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...Amphetamine-positive patients spent more time per visit on average in the emergency department and were more likely to require medication and physical restraints....

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