Letters for Aug. 11, 2015
The barking has started again
The ink is not yet dry on Bill 2590 — the repeal of the barking dog ordinance — and the barking has increased already. Last night one or our neighbor’s dogs barked unceasingly from 9:30 p.m. to after midnight. Thank you, Councilman Kagawa! Oh, by the way, don’t worry about removing “term limits” for councilmembers. Our family, and the other 20 to 30 families, some with dogs, who got no sleep last night will remember your kind actions at the next election. I doubt the other three councilmembers who voted for Bill 2590 will have to worry about term limits either. Hopefully, Mayor Carvalho will hear the barking as well and veto this terrible bill. Just know, councilman, that for every dog owner with no regard for their neighbors, who has less regard for their dogs and allows them to bark constantly for hours on end, there are 20 to 30 surrounding neighbors — some with dogs and some without — who will remember … and vote!
Hawaii’s medical marijuana needs work
Hawaii should not move forward with a plan to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, but should instead allow patients to cultivate and distribute medical marijuana collectively on an unregulated, non-profit basis. Such cultivation clubs run for and by patients would serve medical need and employ local people, without turning medical marijuana into a Mainland dominated for-profit industry at the expense of Hawaii’s sick and local organic marijuana growers. Hawaii’s plan to license and regulate a federally prohibited activity — which medical marijuana is (instead of just removing state level penalties) runs afoul of the 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan Canners & Freezers v. Agricultural Board. Hawaii patients and providers have a Fifth Amendment right against federal self-incrimination. A regulated, tracked medical marijuana system violates this right affirmed in the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Leary v. US. The federal DEA could seize these records for prosecution. Hawaii should also modify it’s medical marijuana law to allow anyone with a written recommendation from a U.S. licensed physician for medical marijuana or a US state/territory issued Patient ID card for the treatment of any serious medical condition, to have legal protection under the law. Arresting any patient is wrong. Stand up for patients and local growers! Fix the Hawaii medical marijuana law!
Toms River, New Jersey
Neighbors take repeal to heart
The barking started yesterday afternoon Aug. 7 about 5 p.m. and it has not let up until now, 7 a.m. Aug. 8. I finally fell asleep around midnight in spite of the barking. I woke up again at 3 a.m. because of the barking and stayed awake until 5 a.m. before I fell asleep again until 7 a.m. and they are still barking. Apparently the neighbors took the repeal of the barking law to heart. Maybe it’s payback for them being forced to keep them quiet all this time. Mel, as you said in your letter to the editor, this is Hawaii, people have aloha. Some do but apparently some do not. You could have amended the law. You could have kept the law until a new law was in place. Instead you and your cohorts decided to repeal the law and leave many voting citizens vulnerable to nonstop nuisance barking. Thanks for this. I have always been a non-political person, not any more. You and the other councilmembers, who voted for repeal will be remembered on voting day.