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State Senate panel wants pot advocate released from prison

The state Senate committee on public safety has approved two resolutions urging the federal government to release a pro-marijuana reverend from federal prison until his trial.

Roger Christie was arrested three years ago for growing and distributing marijuana.

He’s been in federal prison awaiting trial since then. He’s been denied bail on grounds that he is a danger to society.

Sen. Russell Ruderman from the Big Island says that he has known Christie for more than 25 years and that he is a peaceful man.

Christie founded THC Ministry, a religious group that considers the use of marijuana to be a sacrament.

The resolutions now go to the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee.

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