Mitch Roth, a candidate for Hawaii County Prosecutor, ridiculously postures that he targets white collar criminals –namely marijuana dealers. Hey Mitch, they’re not marijuana “dealers”, they are cannabis farmers. But if you are looking for white collar criminals, how about the government bureaucrats who fraudulently raked in millions of dollars  from taxpayers  for their drywell scam ?
Mitch Roth has a caveman mentality about cannabis prosecutions.
Roth made his career pursuing and accepting “Weed and Seed ” funds from the federal government. Funds that were then used to criminalized an entire sector of our local economy.
In 2003, he initiated the first successful civil drug nuisance abatement action to remove drug dealers from a downtown Hilo building. He later used the same law to remove a drug dealer in Pahoa. The success of these efforts led the State Legislature to create a drug nuisance abatement team in the State Department of the Attorney General.
In 2005, Roth helped get Pahoa designated as a federal Weed and Seed site, with the mission of weeding out crime and seeding in positive social change. The Pahoa Weed and Seed project has been highlighted in national community policing training for Weed and Seed projects.
Among the many community initiatives and projects that Roth helped establish while in Honolulu were the Community Coalition for Neighborhood Safety & Honolulu’s First Weed and Seed project. He also received the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Award of Excellence.
Our climate-friendly cannabis industry is our biggest cash crop , yet our federally-backed
marijuana payola warriors  are egregiously turning these honest farmers into criminals .
Mitch Roth is just another ruthless player. His entire career was made with the aid of the federal government: Weed, Seed, and Feed Greed.
Operation Weed and Seed  is a U.S. Department of Justice initiative which began in 1991 when 21 pilot sites across the nation were selected to implement the strategy. Currently there are approximately 250 Weed and Seed sites across the country receiving funding from the Department of Justice through the Weed and Seed program.
Operation Weed and Seed is a multi-agency strategy that “weeds out” violent crime, gang activity, drug use, and drug trafficking in targeted high crime neighborhoods and “seeds” the target area by restoring these neighborhoods through social and economic revitalization.
Mitch Roth’s community relations are style over substance, though Mitch is not secretive like Japanese predecessors Jon Ono and Jay Kimura. Paul De Silva, born 1934 (and 30 yrs. older than Mitch, who was born in 1964), was our most transparent prosecutor, though De Silva’s arch pride and imperial nature were his cardinal sins — just as Lincoln Ashida’s self-importance is Ashida’s deadly curse. Mitch is equidistant between the siege mentality of Ono and Kimura and transparent De Silva.
Mitch is no litigator, but a pencil pusher like Kimura. De Silva was our best litigator (99% perspiration/1% inspiration), De Silva having brought organized crime to its knees 35 yrs. ago.
Local boy Lincoln Ashida, also running for County Prosecutor, is a better litigator than Mitch, but Ashida is no De Silva , or even an Ono for that matter (Ono & mob-buster cop Dickie Carter put the finishing touches to terminate organized crime 5 yrs. after De Silva broke the Mob’s knees).
Neither Mitch Roth nor Lincoln Ashida is an able administrator like De Silva was, or like current boss Charlene Iboshi is, or even a stable manager like Ono, Kimura, Yoshito Tanaka, Marty Pence, and Billy Beers of the past.
Bottom line: Mitch Roth is
more less of the same. Lincoln Ashida or Mitch Roth? It’s a choice of dumb or dumber.
On the other hand, Paul Dolan  eliminates Roth’s caveman instincts by proving  unmistakably that prosecutors have better things to do than to turn law-abiding citizens into criminals. Here is Paul Dolan’s  position statement on cannabis —
Decriminalization of marijuana will be a top priority of this campaign! Although marijuana is illegal by federal laws, Hawai’i State Law allows the use and cultivation of pakalolo (marijuana) by way of medical marijuana. Patients who obtain and posses this license should never be threatened by State run law enforcement agencies nor should be arrested and charged for use and possession. Persons who do not have medical marijuana but are caught by police with personal possession in small amounts who are not commencing in any drug related or criminal activity should not be arrested and/or prosecuted!
Our island community has already voiced through their votes last election to have the prosecution of marijuana be the lowest priority!! Prosecution of pot smokers is not on my list of things to do as your prosecuting attorney. However, where minors are concerned there will be a policy to monitor them in all activities and strict disciplinary action which includes drug education classes and community service.
We believe that the elimination of these types of cases within our current judicial courts will dramatically decrease full court calendars, provide relief for overworked prosecutors and public defenders as well as court staff, would save tax payer money by not referring conflict of interest cases to private attorneys costing the State millions of dollars and we would see a decline in criminal activity. Monies saved could go into “wise spending” for programs such as more drug prevention programs in our school systems, recovery programs that work to help addicts achieve clean lifestyles and rebuild our island community for a safer paradise home.
Paradise under prosecutor Paul Dolan or endless war under Mitch Roth? Puna voters have a choice this year.