Me Fuimaono-Poe, FNP, BC
I currently work as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a large trauma hospital in the bustling island metropolis of Honolulu. I am also the CEO and Nurse Practitioner for the first nurse lead cannabis clinic in the state of Hawaii. The Malie Cannabis Clinic opened in September of 2016 after the legislature passed a bill (in July) to allow NP’s the ability to certify patients for cannabis use.
I have over 20 years of experience in cannabis activism and work; I started in 1997 when I went on the Hemp Walk in California, the walk was sponsored by the late Jack Herer. We also worked on events for the Californians for compassionate use act with Dennis Peron. In 2006 I had organic medical cannabis grow site that I managed for two years, during that time I learned how to cultivate, and prepare cannabis for medical use.
I have an extensive nursing background; I graduated with my associate’s degree of nursing in 2003. My first job was in Oncology and Hematology, this is where I really gained an appreciation for cannabis use in nursing. I would give my patients several medications for pain, nausea and vomiting with very little relief. My first job was in the Midwest where medical cannabis is illegal. When I relocated to California where medical cannabis is allowed I saw a huge difference. At that time (2006) vaporizers were very expensive so patients relied on smoking and homemade edibles for relief. As floor nurses we consistently took our patients outside and “looked the other way” when they consumed cannabis.
Currently I have been unable to find any nursing models for cannabis clinics. I am working on creating one at my clinic. Our clinics mission statement is “Our mission is to provide advocacy, education, and opportunity for nurses in the cannabis industry, and to provide patient care in a way that makes our patients feel safe, respected, valued and cared for”.