Pamela Lichty, Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii

Pamela Lichty, President
Drug Policy Forum of Hawai’i Inc

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member – Drug Policy Forum of Hawai’i Inc
  • Board Member – American Civil Liberties Union Of Hawaii
  • Board Member – Drug Policy Alliance


Ed Rosenthal “Guru of Ganja”


Ed Rosenthal is recognized worldwide as a leading authority on marijuana. In his 30-plus years as America’s “guru of ganja,” he has written or edited more than a dozen books about marijuana cultivation and social policy that cumulatively have sold over one million.  

Cannabis Business University’s Medical Marijuana Educational Series of Hawaii is proud to present The Guru of Ganja™ “Let’s Get Growing” with Ed Rosenthal, cultivation expert, Dr Charlie Webb and organizations Green Aid, Patients Without Time Hawaii on September 25th at the Sheraton Hotel Kona, Hawaii, sponsored by Cloud 9 Emporium.

His first book, Marijuana Grower’s Guide, is the only title on marijuana cultivation to be reviewed by The New York Times Book Review. After almost two decades, his Ask EdTM advice column continues to answer questions on all matters of marijuana from readers around the world.

Rosenthal was one of the original American writers to travel to Holland, bringing European knowledge and sophistication about cannabis to the states through his books and columns. He has visited countless marijuana gardens, gathering information about breeding and cultivating and sharing the most effective techniques. He is a member of the International Cannabis Research Society and the Garden Writers Association of America, and has served as an expert witness on marijuana cultivation in federal and state trials. Rosenthal has also been active in promoting and developing policies of civil regulation for marijuana, advising California legislators and working on local and national political campaigns. He predicts that by the year 2012, marijuana will be regulated in the U.S. in the same manner as tobacco and alcohol.  

Also by Ed Rosenthal

Marijuana Growers Handbook
The Best of Ask Ed
Marijuana Growing Tips
Easy Marijuana Gardening
Closet Cultivator
Marijuana Medical Handbook
Marijuana Question? Ask Ed
Ask Ed: Marijuana Law
Why Marijuana Should be Legal
, by Ed Rosenthal & Steve Kubby
Hemp Today, Ed Rosenthal, Editor

Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele – Leader of the Nation of Hawai’i

Pu`uhonua Dennis Keiki “Bumpy” Kanahele

Since the 1980s, Mr. Kanahele has worked as an advocate to strengthen the traditional cultural authority of Na Kupuna (Hawaiian elders) in contemporary Hawaiian society.

Bumpy’s capacity to communicate complex issues in the language and values of Na Kupuna has helped to broaden the role of Hawaiian elders in perpetuating native wisdom. Na Kupuna are now more widely recognized as a source of beneficial guidance and insight within modern Hawaiian society and have reclaimed their natural authority within the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement.

Over the last twenty years Mr. Kanahele has worked with a broad cross section of Hawaiian elders and has been directly involved in the organization and active facilitation of more than one hundred gatherings to empower Kupuna over the past two decades.

Mr. Kanahele has also maintained an active role in the movement to restore and advance the rights of the indigenous peoples of the Americas as well as throughout the world. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Indian Treaty Council for the past decade. As a member of this Board he has advanced understanding and solidarity among minority peoples who have been victims of governmental and corporate negligence.

His credibility is strong in Hawai`i where he has worked with numerous small and large events to keep the peace and facilitate a flow of understanding and constructive dialog between opposing parties.

Mr. Kanahele was instrumental in organizing a Hawai`i/U.S. sponsored seminar at the Asian Development Bank’s 34th annual meeting on corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing. During the Asian Development Bank (ADB) meeting, Mr. Kanahele insisted upon and was granted full and respectful inclusion of Na Kupuna in the proceedings. He then entered into constructive dialog with former Secretary of Treasury Paul O’Neil, ADB President Tadao Chino, and ADB Secretary Bindu Lohani regarding incorporation into all future ADB meetings the lessons of social responsibility and cultural inclusion learned in Hawai`i.

Mr. Kanahele’s strategic manner of peacekeeping and cultural inclusion helped pave the way for the ADB meeting in Hawai`i to be one of its most peaceful and productive in recent history. See:

Mr. Kanahele has consistently sought to increase his knowledge in ways that can help him to empower Hawai`i’s most financially undeserved population. For example, Mr. Kanahele has received intensive training at the Federal Reserve of San Francisco on community development underwriting practices. This training included segments on underwriting loans for housing, small business, and community facilities. His trainers included experts from the Low Income Housing Fund, Self-Help Ventures Fund, Illinois Facilities Fund, and the National Community Capital Association.

One of Mr. Kanahele’s unique accomplishments as Head of State for the Nation of Hawai’i and CEO of Aloha First, a 501c-3 non-profit organization, was the negotiation and signing of the lease for the land at Pu`uhonua `o Waimanalo in 2001. In September of 1993, Mr. Kanahele negotiated an agreement in principle with the state Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) for a 55-year lease. A breakdown in communications with DLNR on the lease led to a 15-month land occupation by the Nation of Hawai`i at the Kaupo beach park area in Waimanalo.

The land occupation started in March 1993 and ended peacefully in June of 1994 when DLNR re-opened negotiations regarding the lease. On March 29, 2001, Aloha First signed a 55-year lease with DLNR for the Waimanalo land.

Mr. Kanahele has been very active in conventional business and progressive in Native Hawaiian Affairs for over twenty years. Pu`uhonua is widely recognized throughout Hawai`i as a consistent voice for the just restoration of the inherent rights as well as the right to self-determination and self-governance of native Hawaiians.

Married for over twenty-five years and a father and grandfather Mr. Kanahele’s work fosters appropriate and alternative solutions to the political, economic, social, and cultural restoration issues faced by Native Hawaiians.

Jack Schweigert, Esq

Since 1974, Jack has been practicing in the areas of civil litigation and criminal law, with an emphasis on civil rights and constitutional law. He also handles personal injury and medical malpractice cases, business law, landlord/tenant matters, environmental law, matters at the agency level, as well as appeals to the State and Federal Court. 
Jack is one of the most experienced and well respected attorneys in Hawaii and continues to be a fighter for justice. If you have a legal concern don’t hesitate to contact his office.


The Lawyer’s Building
550 Halekauwila Street, Room 309
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 533-7491 Fax: (808) 533-7490



          Supreme Court of the United States of America
          All Federal and State Courts in Hawaii
          4th, 9th, and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
          United States Claims Court
          Court of International Trade
          United States Customs Court


          • 25+ years of trial experience
          • One-year appointment as Grand Jury Counsel
          • Appointed to panel re: retention of Federal Magistrate
          • Panelist, various civil rights forums
          • Arbitrator, Hawaii Court Annexed Arbitration Program
          • Many TV, radio, newspaper, & magazine appearances
          • Head of a 5-person law firm for many years
          • Taught Legal Research in the Paralegal Program for many years


Co-authored chapter titled “Preparation and Presentation of Emergency Medicine Cases” dealing with 30-day countdown to trial published in Medical Malpractice, Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill, Inc. (1986).


          Juris Doctorate (1974)
          University of Akron Law School
          Akron, Ohio

          Bachelor of Science in Economics (1969)
          Gannon University
          Erie, Pennsylvania

          High School, diploma, 1965
          Academy High School
          Erie, Pennsylvania


          Family Status: Married with two Children

          Military: U.S. Army (1969-71)
          Specialist 4th Class
          Honorably Discharged.

          High School: Voted “Mr. Academe” by Class of 1965. “Lettered” in football,wrestling,and tennis and selected to represent Academy High School in City All-Star football game in fall, 1965. Camp Counselor for YMCA.

          Lions Club: 1997-98 Melvin Jones Award for outstanding humanitarian service. Past President/present Director, Honolulu Lions; Legal Counsel for District 50;Coordinator of Cavalcade of Stars, an annual event which entertains hundreds of seniors, disabled, and handicapped persons free of charge every year.

Dr David J Barton, MD

David J. Barton, MD is board certified in Pain and Palliative Care Medicine. Past board certifications include General Surgery (1992) and Plastic Surgery (1995). Lifetime member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Present member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. I was a practicing plastic surgeon in Las Vegas until I had neck surgery ( 2 level fusions) which made things worse. I have lived in the “pain world” for 15 years.  I retrained in Pain and Palliative Care at the University of Utah in 2003, completing a rigorous fellowship which allowed for my third board certification.

I was an orthodox Pain Doc until I “evolved” and came to realize that there are a lot of holes in regular “western” or what I call “corporate” medicine.  A lot of conditions and syndromes do NOT have good or satisfying treatments, and people and families are left to suffer.  And believe me when I say there is a great deal of suffering in the world.  Most politicians and regulators do not see it, or are just uncompassionate.  Medical Cannabis can be the best answer to many of these poorly treated conditions. 

My Motto: “A thousand Hawaiians can’t be wrong”

Hawaiian-Pacific Pain and Palliative Care is based on Oahu with the Jimenez Ewa Beach Medical Foundation Clinic. We are a medical clinic, and qualify each patient according to the law and appropriate standards of medicine.  We do things the right way, which protects all my patients both medically and legally, and keeps their cards valid throughout the year. 

I am also a member of Hawaii State Medical Cannabis Working Group. (A committee formed by law consisting of a group of professionals who make recommendations for members of the state legislature).

Clinics on Oahu, Kauai, and soon, the Big Island. 

Call 808-689-4414 for an appointment or go to: 

My interests include chronic pain and end of life care.


Steve Tuck, Veteran U.S. Army

Steve Tuck – Veteran U.S. Army – 

A group for disabled veterans and disabled police officers to learn about medical cannabis and how it can help their lives. We are also for retired police and vets as well as hospice patients as we believe these groups shouldn’t have to be paying the prices that are being charged. We are also going to be organizing a non-profit co-operative to be able to research and supply this group with the best cannabis products in the world for free and pretty close to free for regular vets and retired police officers!

Richard Cowan, Dean of CannabizU

Richard Cowan – Board of Advisors / Lecturer

Dean of Cannabis Business UniversitySM

Mr. Richard Cowan has decades of experience in a wide variety of business ventures. He has served on the board of a number of companies, both public and private, and is currently the chief financial officer and one of the directors of Cannabis Science Inc., (OTCBB:CBIS), a pioneering U.S. biotech company that is focused on developing pharmaceutical cannabis products.
Mr. Cowan is widely known for his published writing and political activism. However, his political past is not what most people expect. Mr. Cowan was president of the Yale Young Republicans, chairman of the Party of the Right in the Yale Political Union and he was a founding member of Young Americans for Freedom.

In December 1972, the National Review published Mr. Cowan’s article titled “Why Conservatives Should Support the Legalization of Marijuana.” This caused quite stir. In his book Smoke and Mirrors, Dan Baum said that this article “opened a second front in the war on drugs.” Time magazine even carried a story about the article.
In December 1986, the National Review published Mr. Cowan’s article titled “How the Narcs Created Crack.” This feature article has been cited in various scholarly journals as the origin of the economics of contraband, including “The Iron Law of Prohibition: the harder the enforcement, the harder the drugs.”
From August 1992 to August 1995, Mr. Cowan was the national director of NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. In 2000, Mr. Cowan did one of the earliest experiments with live video on, The 420 MarijuanaNews. It continued as a prerecorded streaming VBlog until 2005.
Mr. Cowan’s written word has appeared in a variety of newspapers and other publications, including the Atlantic Monthly. He has also made many television appearances, including interviews on numerous news programs, like CNN, and a variety of talk shows.
Mr. Cowan received a bachelor of arts in economics from Yale University in 1962.

Since 1997 Cowan has also published, one of the earliest “blogs”.

Rev. Dr. Douglas E. Van Dyke, D.D.

Rev. Dr. Douglas E. Van Dyke, D.D. – Master Grower / Cultivator

Rev. Van Dykes humble beginnings, and life long spiritual walk have led him to an unusual place. He grew up in Bakersfield, CA, where he worked as a Corp. Executive in the automobile industry. After a 15 year career, working at Van Wyk’s Inc., LLC, Rev. Van Dyke developed crippling headaches, diagnosed as chronic persistent cluster headaches, in combination with chronic persistent tension headaches. After three years of suffering, Rev. Van Dyke begun a search to resolve pain. After seeing a variety of specialists in many fields, both conventional and holistic, there didn’t seem to be an acceptable answer, other than taking a cornucopia of Pharm. that seemed to make things worse.

It seemed as if it were time for Rev. Van Dyke to take things into his own hands, as he had done all of his life. He began research in a variety of relief modalities. Rev. Van Dyke had experimented with cannabis as a youth, and remembered how really good his head felt.( He did not use cannabis, by choice for 15yrs.) He then began to focus on cannabis as an option. His quest for knowledge led him to a five year research project. Rev. Van Dyke took special recognition and measures to not walk down the status quo road, instead, he invested everything he had ever earned into the medicine, and more importantly the people! Without money clouding his research motives and actions, he was able to learn amazing facts and information on just about anything anybody would ever want to know about cannabis as a medicine and a plant. He has unlocked the keys to understanding from a level of spirit and energy, combined with a firm understanding of plant horticulture, and a background, as a hobby, in the sciences.

These understandings have led him to an entire “GREEN” philosophy that he shares with the world! Nothing held back, Rev. Van Dyke is motivated to bring his unique perspective on cannabis, and how to fully potentiate all aspects of the processes involved, to the world. The ever changing cannabis industry has many, many sides, which will you choose?