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State Senate panel wants pot advocate released from prison

By Associated Press


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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false wrote:
It will be easier for the Drones to get him when he is out of Jail.
on March 21,2013 | 11:30PM
false wrote:
Is it SB 420?
on March 21,2013 | 11:31PM
droid wrote:
Christie better hook Ruderman up with some chronic Kona Gold’s when he gets out.
on March 22,2013 | 04:36AM
Slow wrote:
Wow, dude, that's uh, like, uh, so funny. When I am really stoned I like Cheech and Chong and your jokes.
on March 22,2013 | 07:37AM
Kalli wrote:
Typcial public safety committee chaired by Sen. Willie Espero, soft on criminals.
on March 22,2013 | 05:26AM
Slow wrote:
What crime? Three years and no trial? And Willie Espero won't let him out of Federal prison. You believe he has jurisdiction? Is it frustrating when you reveal your ignorance publicly and get called out?
on March 22,2013 | 07:35AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Thanks, Slow, for your response.
on March 22,2013 | 11:18AM
bender wrote:
This is now a matter for the courts to handle, federal courts that is, and thankfully they don't listen to soft on crime Senators. And last I heard the Senate has more important issues to deal with, why are they wasting their time on a two bit pot advocate who refuses to obey the law.
on March 22,2013 | 05:58AM
RichardCory wrote:
Yeah, because selling plants totally deserves spending three years in prison even before you've been found guilty. Give me a break. Marijuana is stupid, and the people who use it are pretty dumb, but it's even more idiotic to lock someone up for three years over it. Like we don't have bigger criminals out there to lock up? Waste of prison space.
on March 22,2013 | 06:17AM
Sid_Hartha wrote:
Wait. He's in federal prison and has been awaiting trial for THREE YEARS?
on March 22,2013 | 07:16AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Yep. It's a travesty of the concept that we are "innocent until proven guilty."
on March 22,2013 | 11:20AM
OldEnoughToRemember wrote:
Where is the ACLU on this? Three years with no bail and no trial? No matter what side of the pot issue you are on, everyone one of us should be outraged that a person can held indefinitely for being charged for a non-violent crime.
on March 22,2013 | 07:24AM
soundofreason wrote:
Though I don't agree with the crime - I DO agree with you on this point.
on March 22,2013 | 08:19AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
This man is only seen as a danger to society because of what he teaches. While he is in a cell the world outside is filled with hard liquor that kill thousands of people each year through drunk driving and violence. While this man is behind bars there are drug dealers in every major corner peddling drugs that can kill. Of course, the drug dealers don't want things to change because the laws actually make their marijuana worth a whole lot more and make their trade very lucrative. And all this selling without a single penny to pay in taxes. It actually does what we are trying not to do, make it the "gateway" drug. How? By making marijuana the drug dealers' staple, they make available drugs like crystal meth available to those who are wanting to try it. If we legalize marijuana, the drug dealers will no longer have the monopoly to the plant. Their revenue will fall drastically. Society will be able to tax such a commodity. The plant itself can be regulated. Those in prison for using the plant will be working and become tax payers rather than liabilities. This plant is more readily available than you think. No matter what we do it will always be available. What we can do is make it legal and pull the rug from under these drug dealers. The plant itself is no more dangerous than alcohol and many other readily available drugs.
on March 22,2013 | 07:34AM
soundofreason wrote:
Americans don't need any MORE avenues to become even MORE unproductive.
on March 22,2013 | 08:21AM
copperwire9 wrote:
I agree with you, Nodaddy, though I seldom read your comments because your online name is so disturbing.
on March 22,2013 | 11:21AM
soundofreason wrote:
"Christie founded THC Ministry, a religious group that considers the use of marijuana to be a sacrament.">>> Well, what he considers and what the law is - is two different things. Decisions will not be based on HIS "consider"ations.
on March 22,2013 | 08:17AM
MrGlenn wrote:
sound of non-reason, please learn what an ENTHEOGEN is and get back to us
on March 22,2013 | 09:20AM
soundofreason wrote:
If it's marijuana, then THAT entheogen is illegal. That's a handy bit of information Chrisite could have used.
on March 22,2013 | 07:48PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Here we go again! The politicians, who can't do their jobs effectively, telling the law enforcement and prosecutors what to do!
on March 22,2013 | 08:34AM
scooters wrote:
Is this the "best and brightest" that we have in our State Government? Okay man, pass the joint! Sen. Russell Ruderman needs to find a better cause too champion.
on March 22,2013 | 09:12AM
copperwire9 wrote:
There's something better than "innocent until proven guilty" or "speedy trial" or "fair hearing"?
on March 22,2013 | 11:23AM
serious wrote:
Sounds like something from a third world country. Either release him or bring him to court and get a verdict. But, having said that anyone can be a Reverend--Mohammed Ali was one to avoid the draft, Jesse and Al??? Ever look up their academic credentials?? They are right next to Obama's!!
on March 22,2013 | 11:03AM
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