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Cannabis Minister Rev Roger Christie to Be Released to Halfway House

Hawaii News Daily has learned that Rev Roger Christie, formerly of The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry, will be released from federal custody to a halfway house on Oahu. Christie has been at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu since his arrest by Federal authorities on July 8, 2010. He was never granted bail. Late in 2013,...
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Judge: Cannabis Minister Allowed Religious Defense

On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi ruled that imprisoned Cannabis Minister, Rev. Roger Christie, can present a religious defense at trial. The court ruled as a matter of law that Christie’s religion is legitimate, his belief is sincere, and that the government’s action was a substantial burden on the...
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Church Member Files Writ of Habeas Corpus for Jailed Cannabis Minister

HILO–A member of the The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry in Hilo has filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of his pastor, Rev. Roger Christie, who has been held by the federal government as a pre-trial detainee for over 3 years. Mike Ruggles, 56, a resident of Mountain View on the Big Island, filed...
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Hilo Man Charged in Burglary Caught on Tape

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 30-year-old Hilo man with burglary and other related crimes in connection with a break-in Wednesday (July 10) that was captured on tape in the Kaūmana area of Hilo. A surveillance video caught a suspect breaking into the house on South Wilder Road several times during a four-hour period....
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Roger Christie Resolution Passes Committee Hearing

UPDATED The Hawaii Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs has recommended that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in PSM were as follows: 3 Aye(s): Senator(s) Espero, Galuteria, Slom; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 2 Excused: Senator(s) Baker, Green.   Click here to read testimony submitted to the hearing.   The...
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