PWT founder coerced from his home for growing medical cannabis
Director Brian Murphy, who founded PATIENTS WITHOUT TIME, Hawaii's first publicly operated medical marijuana cooperative, established in 2003, was illegally coerced to flee his home of over 4 years, by a mainland property investor, who illegally demanded that Murphy stop growing his medical cannabis plants. The absentee landlord heard rents were going up in Hawaii, so she flew into Maui to have a look at her investment properties, and to raise rents, and then she decided to to eradicate all medical cannabis plants off her properties, despite the fact that landlords are required to allow registered medical cannabis patients to grow their cannabis plants.
At first inspection, she had no complaint about Director Murphy’s legally registered grow-site, which Murphy had been using to produce free videos on the issues surrounding growing medical cannabis, in Hawaii, for over 4 years. However, when her real estate adviser told her that cannabis growing on her property would lower her resale value, she changed her tune. Suddenly, she announced that she forbids any cannabis plants on her property.
Disregarding the fact that the landlord's demand to stop growing cannabis violates Hawaii state Landlord-tenant laws, she remained undaunted further demanding that Murphy's grow site be removed immediately, and all cannabis plants be removed from her property. She also demanded another increase in rent, for an additional 30%, over the 20% increase Murphy agreed to just 2 months before. Then she made of a list of other erroneous reasons to break Murphy's lease.
To be sure to force Director Murphy to move out, the mainland landlord made hearsay criminal accusations that Director Murphy made threats to commit assault with a deadly weapon. This phoned in from the mainland accusation caused the Maui Police Department to send 3 patrol cars to fill Director Murphy’s driveway., on the same day he was served an eviction notice.
A short investigation by police revealed that the new property manager, who the landlord said had made the accusations, had a history of instability and Maui police officers knew her well. She denied the landlords complant to the police was true, and the police told Director Murphy that he had nothing to fear because “she was back on her medication.”
The landlord was well aware that Director Murphy was still under probation, from an arrest for his operation of Patients Without Time, back in 2008, so the site of police lined up in his driveway was extremely distressing. If Director Murphy were charged with a crime he would go directly to jail, until his court date, without the possibility of bail.
For his own safety, Mr. Murphy was forced to move immediately. Director Murphy has filed a Discrimination Complaint against LPE LLC, and it’s property manager, and it’s real estate advisor, in Hawaii Civil Right Commission Case # RE-M-1136, which was submitted with a timeline of events, and Exhibits.
UPDATE, Dec. 21, 2017: Six months later, the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission still has the case under investigation. Read a letter from Director Brian Murphy.
Hawaii law protects registered cannabis patient's right to grow their medicine,except in certain limited conditions, See: 2015 Hawaii Revised Statutes, TITLE 28. PROPERTY 521. Residential Landlord-Tenant Code 521-39 Medical marijuana; tenant use; eviction.
Know your rights when GREEN HARVEST shows up
UPDATE: Hawaii Registered medical cannabis patients, and/or their caregivers, may now grow up to 10 medical cannabis plants. GREEN HARVEST the summer of 2016 felt like a military assault on our peaceful Maui neighborhoods. If you hear helicopters circling your house ... No worries - If you are in compliance you have nothing to fear from GREEN HARVEST. They will let you keep all your plants if they are tagged and within the legal limits. We look forward to the day when growing cannabis is completely legal, but until then stay in compliance and you will be fine! Watch a video of GREEN HARVEST from June 22, 2016.
The Hawaii Legislature Congratulates PWT
The 2009 Hawai'i State House of Representatives congratulated PWT for helping Maui's medical marijuana patients:
The STATE OF HAWAII issued a certification to PATIENTS WITHOUT TIME thanking PWT "for assisting over a thousand of Hawai'i's certified medical marijuana patients with the acquisition of their medical marijuana."