We have a new field organizer joining our team. Wendy Gibson is an RN who has been an advocate of drug policy reform for many years. Here’s what she has to say to you:
I’m Wendy Gibson, a nurse, and medical marijuana (cannabis) patient advocate. I’m pleased to announce that I will be serving as The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii’s new Field Organizer.
It’s great to be joining them at such an exciting (and hopeful) time in our drug reform history. I appreciate the DPFHI successes in reforming Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana (cannabis) Program and promoting harm reduction policies.
In my 21 years of living on Oahu, the transfer of the Medical Marijuana program to the Department of Health is one of the biggest successes, one that I advocated for. I know this will help thousands of patients. And, knowing the need for a dispensary system, I’m hopeful that the Dispensary Task Force will help us establish one.
I have worked in the health care field for over 30 years, 21 of those here in Hawaii. I pushed many pharmaceutical drugs to patients for 9 years working as a pharmacy clerk and for 4 years as an R.N. I hope to work just as many years helping promote the use of alternative medications, such as cannabis which is showing promise as a safer and more effective treatment than many of the current pharmaceuticals.
I envision a future in which science and education prevail, so that people are no longer fearfully rejecting the use of these alternative (and formerly illegal) substances as medicine.
I’m looking forward to working with fellow advocates who share my opinion that all drugs should be legalized and regulated. This is the only way to truly promote harm reduction and good healthcare.