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“The Pursuit of Pakalolo,” November 2010

Associate editor Tiffany Hill explores the often murky world of legalized medicinal marijuana.

Marijuana’s legal classification as a dangerous drug has no basis in medical science. The idea that medical use of marijuana is such a threat that it must be overseen by the Narcotics Enforcement Decision is beyond ludicrous. In Hawai‘i and the rest of the country, patients with valid prescriptions can enter a pharmacy and purchase highly dangerous drugs such as methamphetamine (under the trade name Desoxyn) and morphine (MS Contin, Avinza).

For that matter, patients can fill prescriptions for Marinol, 100-percent-pure THC—the compound in marijuana that makes people high. Yet, somehow, when this same drug comes packaged in a plant rather than a gelatin capsule, it is transformed into the potential end of American civilization? All this would be laughable if it weren’t true. It’s time to end the reefer madness and start enacting drug policies based on scientific evidence.


I am 67 and an ex-nurse. I now have many friends with numerous painful physical ailments, including myself, with rheumatoid arthritis, who would benefit from the legal use of marijuana. If the federal government would pass a “regulate, control and tax” law on cannabis, many people would not have to spend their life savings and retirements on legal drugs that give very little relief from their symptoms. And the government could make up deficits with the tax money or bail out the Medicaid and Medicare programs.


"Crisis Court," March 2010

Writer Jana Wolff scored exclusive access to Hawaii’s Family Court of the First Judicial Circuit, and shed some light on what happens inside. Nearly a year later, this article continues to attract reader reactions.

The article is nicely written.  I may be biased a bit; I used to work for Child Protection Services (CPS) and within the mental health system in Hawaii before I moved to the Mainland more than 15 years ago—hence the late date of my comment.

Hawaii’s family court system is one of the best with which I have been professionally involved. CPS does make mistakes; however, it was my experience that the judges assigned to CPS cases never blindly sided with CPS, Juvenile Probation or others. They have a very difficult job and those with whom I have interacted had shown the compassion to balance the responsibility to decide in the best interest of the child.


“Across the Universe: The Beatles/Hawaii Connection,” November 2009

Associate editor Tiffany Hill recounted the Beatles’ brief 1964 trip to Hawaii.

I was there, and got to meet John and George. They were very nice. John was concerned that I remain a good boy. I was 11, and got to walk with them to the car. I got mobbed when they left. “He touched them!” I’m 57 now, still a good boy.


 Ahana koko lele

In our December “Best Bars” feature, Nobu’s Handshake cocktail should have been described as containing Grand Marnier 100 and JW Gold, homemade sour honey syrup topped with Champagne and orange bitters, garnished with honey caviar and gold flakes. The cocktail costs $40.



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