Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Selective Mercy Does Not Include Marijuana Growers


If you drink and drive and kill a young student, 10 years seems like a fairly lenient plea bargain — particularly when comparing it to marijuana crimes, where no victims are named or produced.

Hawaii County prosecutors will argue (as usual) that it’s not true, but apprehending Cannabis growers clearly means more to them than preventing needless deaths. The truth is spelled out in the way they allocate their resources. People are threatened with life in prison for their marijuana gardens if they do not give up their homes and agree to plead guilty. The police and prosecutors pocket 25% each of the money taken through civil forfeiture. Like it or not, money motivates them — and there’s no money in drunk driving cases like this.

Being that marijuana policy has not only failed but led to more marijuana than ever, the policy can’t be about reduced drug use. How could it be when the results are higher rates of drug use? This war on Marijuana has been going on for thirty years.

The policy doesn’t work. So why do they do it? It’s about money, grants and seizures. Although the tax payer still gets stuck with the bill because those funds go directly to police and prosecutor budgets. It’s time for reallocation of resources to programs that achieve their objectives, and to dealing with cases like this one.

Consider that the same prosecutor’s office asked for (and got) a 20 year prison term for 63-year old David Finley for growing marijuana—in addition to seizing his home and other property.  Priorities are everything. Marijuana is more important to Hawaii county prosecutors than people who kill. Konrad Mossman proved that. The case against Kailianu looks very strong, with witnesses and evidence and a young man having been killed. Ten years is certainly better than the sweetheart deal fireman Mossman got, yet when compared to David Finley, how can it be explained with a straight face?

What is the name of any person David Finley hurt? Prosecutors said they were going to throw his wife out of the home they owned for 30 years, and send her to prison for twenty years if Mr. Finley dared to assert his right to a trial.

Are they taking Mr. Kailianu’s home? Are they throwing his wife out on the street?

The message from the prosecutor’s office seems to be that marijuana growers are more dangerous to society than drunk drivers who kill behind the wheel. Look at what they did for Mossman — a few weekends in jail for killing Tim Sing. And don’t say anything about the $125,000 fine. In the  Finley case, where there was no victim and no one died, he was given 20 years in prison, and his home and other property was forfeited to the state.

Wasn’t Ricky Damerville the same prosecutor in the Finley and Mossman cases?

It’s time the police and prosecutor use their resources to put killers in prison instead of destroying families for growing marijuana.

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