Hawaii Leg. visits Kauai’s watershed

Hawaii Leg. visits Kauai’s watershed

Members of the Hawaii House of Representatives Finance Committee got a view of Kauai from the sky Wednesday to see projects that are funded, at least in part, by the Legislature.

“We’re glad to be here,” said Sylvia Luke, chairwoman of the finance committee. “It’s important to visit the more rural islands and see what’s happening firsthand.”

The helicopter tour took representatives around the island. They looked at watershed protection projects in the Alakai, Wainiha, Hono O Na Pali, and Kokee fire restoration areas. For most of the committee members, it was their first air tour of Kauai.

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Kauai’s take on gun control

Kauai’s take on gun control

 

This year, there have been 43 school-related shootings in the United States. With the death toll rising, the nation’s officials are taking a hard look at how to stop the trend, and the conversation has again turned to gun control.

In response to the Oct. 1 shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, President Barack Obama said he would redouble efforts to strengthen gun laws, and his resolve was echoed by citizens and lawmakers throughout the country.But the president’s statements also ignited the outrage of Americans who think the laws are already too harsh and that the guns aren’t the problem. They say too many laws bind the hands of law-abiding citizens while criminals skip the process and arm themselves anyway.

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Hazy rules

Written for The Argus Observer. Printed on August 23, 2015.

PAYETTE, IDAHO— The evolution of electronic nicotine devices, commonly known as e-cigarettes, has left the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a cloud of dust — or vapor — and now the agency is struggling to regulate the growing industry.

According to Michael Felberbaum, press officer for the FDA, the administration is researching all aspects of e-cigarettes and is pushing new rules that would extend the agency’s authority to regulate “additional products that meet the legal definition of a tobacco product.”

“Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, signed by the president in 2009, FDA can deem additional tobacco products to be subject to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act,” Felberbaum said.

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Medical dispensaries have to wait until August 1 to open

Written for The Argus Observer. Published on May 1, 2015. 

Though Ontario’s moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries has been extended until Aug. 1, city officials are bracing for shops potentially opening their doors today.

Today marks the end of the state-mandated medical marijuana dispensary moratorium, and some dispensaries might decide to ignore the Aug. 1 deadline.

Stormy Ray, who spearheads the Stormy Ray Cardholders Foundation, said there is a good possibility that Ontario will see medical dispensaries open for business sometime today.“I’m just about to call the Boise Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program to see if they know of anybody who isn’t going to open up,” Ray said. “All of [the medical dispensaries in Ontario] would like to take out a grievance [against the city] for what’s been done to them.” Continue reading “Medical dispensaries have to wait until August 1 to open”