Why Hawaii Should Decriminalize Pot

·By Pamela Lichty

Co-Founder of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii says decriminalizing cannabis will free up police and courts to deal with more important crimes.

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Pamela Lichty

Pam Lichty is the President and Co-Founder of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i, a non-profit organization established in 1993 to encourage discussion and promote public education about current and alternative drug policies and related issues. She is a board member of the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. In addition she has served on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai`i since 1987. She serves as Chair of the state’s Sterile Needle Exchange Oversight Committee. She has been a point people on drug testing, medical marijuana, and other drug policy issues for both the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i and the ACLU of Hawai`i and testifies frequently at both the Hawai`i State Legislature and the Board of Education. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1968 and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Hawai`i in 1987. She is married and has two adult children.
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