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Drug policy reform advocates gathering at State Capitol

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Forty years ago today, President Richard Nixon officially declared the "War on Drugs," citing drug abuse at "public enemy No. 1."

To commemorate the 40th anniversary, drug policy reform advocates will gather at the State Capitol Rotunda on Friday.

They want to raise awareness of the failure of drug prohibition and call for an exit strategy to the failed war on drugs.

"The drug war has been especially cruel to people seeking to relieve their pain and suffering by using cannabis," Executive Director of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii Jeanne Ohta said. "Law enforcement agencies in Hawaii have been extremely active in opposing any changes that would improve patient access to needed medicine."

A rally and sign waving will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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