Hawaii's Voter Turnout (Sue Miller)|
Hillside Development Above Ka Iwi State Park
Affordable Shelter Committee (Jackie Parnell)
Rail Transit Meeting on August 28 (Charles Carole)
Membership News (Teresa Lau)
LWV Committee to Study Hawaii Drug Policy (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
League Urges Governor to Save Kukui Gardens (Jackie Parnell)
LWV Committee To Study Hawaii Drug Policy
The Women's Health & Safety Committee met with two representatives of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, Pam Lichty, President, and Jeanne Ohta, Executive Director. The Forum is recognized as a credible force opposing the current drug policy of the Hawaii state legislature. We discussed that policy and how to proceed with our own drug policy study.
There are many questions we want to address, including the following:
LWV of Seattle is part of large coalition promoting a public health approach to the societal problem of substance abuse as a more effective alternative to the use of the criminal sanction. In 2005 the LWV of Texas completed a study of Drug Laws and Policies in Texas. Their position is that substance abuse and drug addiction are public health issues. They support drug abuse prevention, education and drug treatment programs as an alternative to incarceration.
In the fall we will announce our timetable for our League study in Hawaii.
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