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Senator rejects resolutions to free pot minister Roger Christie

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:08 p.m. HST, Apr 10, 2013

Hawaii Senate judiciary committee Chairman Clayton Hee has shot down two resolutions asking federal authorities to release Roger Christie from federal prison on bail.

Hee deferred the measures Wednesday without a committee vote.

The Big Island resident and founder of The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry, which considers marijuana use to be a sacrament, has been in jail since 2010.

He has been charged with growing and possessing marijuana with the intent to sell.

Several community groups are pressing for Christie's release, saying keeping him imprisoned for so long violates his constitutional rights.

The Department of Public Safety opposed the resolutions.

Sen. Russell Ruderman from the Big Island introduced the measures. He says Christie is a peaceful man. Ruderman visited Christie in prison last week along with Sen. Will Espero.

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copperwire9 wrote:
What a travesty of civil rights.
on April 10,2013 | 03:32PM
Bdpapa wrote:
They are holding him for a rreason, what I don't know. But, better to keep him there if he has the potential to jeopardize public safety.
on April 10,2013 | 03:56PM
jomama wrote:
yeah, somebody might get stoned.
on April 10,2013 | 07:57PM
cartwright wrote:
Violation of bail condition. That's why they don't let him out again. Why so late? His tactic is to rally the media and he delayed his trial by himself several times for that purpose. The martyr route. 'Danger to society' doesn't mean violence only. Profiting and promoting illegal drugs to society members is a 'danger' in legal terms. Senator Hee did right. Doper Ruderman will be a one-termer and used up his political ammunition already.
on April 11,2013 | 12:45PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
In all reality, he is no threat to public safety. But in all his years of thumbing his nose to law enforcement, they now gonna do all they can to lock him down. It's no secret that Roger sold weed from his church. He knew the potential troubles he'd be dealing with. Yet this is not really a pakalolo issue. It's more of an IRS issue. Why they classify him as a danger to society is beyond me. Hee is just grandstanding for law enforcement, Private Prison votes.
on April 10,2013 | 04:04PM
copperwire9 wrote:
True. Even alleged rapists and murders can get out on bail. But not the pakalolo guy. It's a strange world.
on April 10,2013 | 10:39PM
lee1957 wrote:
Aloha for Saddam but no love for Roger.
on April 10,2013 | 04:15PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Clayton is a wuss.
on April 10,2013 | 11:49PM
Sr_Share_Christie wrote:
Aloha to thee. Please post my letter to our Congresspeople online; facebook, etc. Thanks. Everyone in the U.S.A. should now be asking THEIR Congressmembers the very same questions and demanding answers in writing. Thank you. :-}{-: @@@ Hello Senator Brian Schatz, Senator Mazie Hirono and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Aloha to thee. I'm taking this opportunity to email you as I sent each of you a 45 page letter and a package of printed materials in January and have zero heard back from any of you. I understand and appreciate that your incoming mail is 'screened', but it's now April and 'time is of the essence' in this matter. My wife Share has called numerous times to get your answer on these matters, but so far there has been no response. 1. We would like to know what position each of you take on the issue of legalizing Cannabis hemp, or 'marijuana'? The majority of Hawai'i and U.S. citizens now favor legalization. What's your position? 2. We agree that "Schedule 1 for 'marijuana' is fundamentally wrong and needs to be corrected" as Gov. Abercrombie stated on February 10, 2012 to the D.E.A. What's your position now that Hawai'i has had 'medical marijuana' since June 2000? 3. I've been held now for 32 months with zero bail as a 'danger to my community' for operating The Hawai'i Cannabis THC Ministry in Hilo. Surely you must be aware of my situation and of our case. The State Senate is now considering a Resolution to "urge the federal government to release Roger Christie on bail pending trial". We all think that my 8th Amendment Right to reasonable bail has been unconstitutionally denied. What is your opinion of this matter? 4. I invite each of you to personally visit me here in the Federal Detention Center to see what's going-on with me, and with this FDC. "A society is best judged by the condition of its jails and prisons." And ... "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." You are our champions for liberty and freedom and Constitutional rights. What are your positions on these matters? Mahalo and aloha. All the very best to you, Roger and Share Christie THC Ministry www.THC-Ministry dot org www.The-Last-Marijuana-Trial dot com ShareChristie@gmail.com Roger Christie 99279-022 5B
on April 11,2013 | 07:14PM
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