A letter from our Director of Patient Affairs

Aloha,

As Maui Grown Therapies’ Director of Community Relations & Patient Affairs, I’ve long been an advocate for the needs of medical cannabis patients. This past January, I became Board Chair of the Hawaiʻi Cannabis Industry Association (HICIA), the collective voice for licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in the islands.

When COVID-19 came to Hawaiʻi, HICIA worked closely with state and county officials to ensure medical cannabis dispensaries were deemed essential, exempt from closure. We are gratified to have protected your right to uninterrupted access to independently tested, quality-assured cannabis products.

HICIA also asked the governor to approve patient protections like those in 24 other medical cannabis states, such as optional curbside pickup service and telehealth certification for new 329 cardholders . He denied our requests. We are sad that Hawaiʻi remains the only medical cannabis state to deny its patients these simple protections. 

With Hawaiʻi businesses re-opening and social distancing easing, we will continue to aggressively manage infection risks and insist on more safeguards for our patients and staff. 

Please help us to help you.  HICIA is now part of Parity for Patients, a new statewide coalition of patients, healthcare providers and others who care about your wellbeing.  Learn more here:  https://hicia.prowly.com/preview/uBPU-6eS7JxIMRSm9t6KPA

A simple, quick action you can take right now is to sign this petition  http://chng.it/PKdHWsBNj2

asking Governor Ige to protect our medical cannabis patients during this time, just as every other state has done. Alone we can go faster, but together we can go further. Mahalo for your support

Me ka haʻa haʻa (humbly yours),

Teri Freitas Gorman

Director of Community Relations & Patient Affairs, Maui Grown Therapies

Board Chair, Hawaiʻi Cannabis Industry Association