Editor’s note: Rev. Roger Christie has been a detainee at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center since July 8, 2010. An avowed pacifist, Christie has been denied bail 7 times by a series of federal judges on the basis that is he a “danger” to the community. His trial has been delayed repeatedly, and is now scheduled for July 23, 2013 — more than three years since his arrest on marijuana trafficking charges. The following is Rev. Christie’s response to an article on him that appeared 2/24/13 in the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
“Although the others were released on signature bonds, Christie remained in custody based on the prosecution’s argument that he posed a danger because he continued to run the marijuana operation even after his home and ministry had been raided by federal drug agents four months before his arrest.”
— Honolulu Star Advertiser, Trial For Big Island Cannabis Advocate Delayed, By Ken Kobayashi, Feb 24, 2013
Aloha. Thanks for the whole story from yesterday’s Star-Advertiser. Share told me that it’s on the FrontPage “above the fold”. Wow. God, that’s great! I’ll get my copy of the Sunday paper in the mail here by Thursday.
I’m grateful that the newspaper decided to tell p-a-r-t of my/our story, at least. Since I seem to have little to zero control over the court of law I at least have some influence in the court of public opinion, so I’m going to write my/our defense as a story and see how far it can be published. If reporters are denied to interview me in here, and the Advertiser writes a story without asking me my point of view, then I’m gonna write my own side of it.
For instance, do you know that the former U.S. Attorney for Hawai’i Ed Kubo told me to my face – twice – that he had zero interest in investigating or arresting me and that the THC Ministry could proceed? He told me that “we were good”; he was after meth or ice, not marijuana. This was right after he was appointed to the big job by Pres. GW Bush. I made a custom-made Ministry business card with a fresh-picked Cannabis leaf laminated on the back and handed it to Ed when I first introduced myself to him to make myself really clear. I had a full table of THC Ministry literature and products there for him and all the other law enforcers to view to make it double crystal clear of what I/we were up-to for full and total disclosure. Our first meeting was in a private dining room at Oodles of Noodles Restaurant in Kona with a roomfull of D.E.A. Agents, F.B.I. Agents, undercover vice cops, prosecutors, etc. I was the only ‘civilian’ there until my great friend Jerry Rothstein (R.I.P.) showed-up to support me. Do you know ANY of this? Will the jury get to hear any of this …”the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”? I’m told that our Judge will attempt to block this as “inadmissable evidence”. :-O
Do you know that Federal Judge Susan Mollway told me in a sealed court hearing in the case of U.S. v. Barnes in 2004 that she knew all about me and the THC Ministry and she thought that I should listen to counsel and decline to testify in the Barnes case, but that I should return to Hilo and continue with the Ministry. Do you know this? Will the jury hear this?
Do you know that Alvin Onaka, Administrator of the State of Hawai’i Dept. of Health testified under oath in U.S. v. Barnes that he knew what “Cannabis sacrament” was on my application for my license to marry people, that he approved of it and willingly and consciously signed my license that’s good for life? Obviously I was then legally allowed to either grow the Cannabis or to acquire it, to possess it, to transport it and to dispense it at least in marriage ceremonies.
Do you know that I called Hilo’s D.E.A. Agent Jesse Forney in 2004 and introduced myself. He told me that yes he knew who I was and he knew about the THC Ministry and that “we’re all good”. See ya around.
It’s time for me to come totally clean and clear about why I proceeded as a sincere and legitimate Ministry and how I thought we were protected by federal law enforcers and State of Hawai’i / Hawai’i County vice cops, Community Police Officers, etc., etc. for all those happy years.
Aloha to thee. Big thanks for your coverage of our THC Ministry trial being delayed in your Sunday paper. I see a few items that deserve correction, however.
1. First paragraph; we have a chance to have all of our charges dropped at a court hearing on Monday March 4th at 1:30. I could be released and go home that day and we could all avoid a trial.
2. Fourteenth paragraph; I never ‘switched lawyers’. My first public defender quit his job, and my second public defender quit my case leaving me with a court-appointed lawyer, although people sometimes use Attorneys for injuries and insurances trouble. These actions by others led to delays. Plus, our prosecutor’s wife died and he requested a delay.
3. Whatever happened to all the holy anointing oil made with Cannabis that was confiscated during the raid and during our arrest? The prosecutor doesn’t account for that missing sacred sacrament.
4. Monday’s court hearing includes a second Motion to Dismiss all of our charges based on the government’s undefined ‘religious exemption’ for Cannabis sacrament reportedly available, but vague and ambiguous.
5. To prove a case against us the government needs a ‘compelling interest’ to deny our religious freedom. When the government failed to arrest us during their raid in March of 2010 they plainly demonstrated that there was zero compelling interest or immediate danger as they let all of us go! :-O
Mahalo for your consideration and your accuracy.
Prison cell 104 Unit 5B
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 30080
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96820