Pubdate: Wed, 18 May 2011 Source: Honolulu Weekly (HI) Copyright: 2011 Honolulu Weekly Inc. Contact: http://www.honoluluweekly.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/197 Author: Taxedtodeath CORRECTING THE FACTS Roger Christie is a political prisoner. Rapist, murders, thieves and all manner of violent criminals get bail. Christie has no criminal record, has served his country honorably in the army, and has operated openly, inviting the police in any time they wanted. After over two years of wire taps, surveillance and video by 13 agencies, there is not a bit of evidence that backs up the slander Iolani posted [May 18: "A Closer Look"]. If any of that were true why didn't the government charge him with endangering minors? Where is her evidence? The police were monitoring the THC ministry 24/7 for years, and she is saying the police saw minors regularly getting marijuana and did nothing. Does any reasonable person believe that? The police have many faults, but if minors were involved they would have acted much sooner. I have been to the ministry several times and known Christie for 20 years, and I can say what Iolani posted is not true. Clearly some people didn't like him, but he is an American, a veteran no less, and if we are a nation of laws and still have a constitution worth more than the paper it's printed on, Roger Christie is entitled to bail. He is entitled to be able to mount the best defense possible, he cannot do that from a prison cell. Both of those rights are being denied in this case and, like him or not, that should concern all Americans. Roger is in jail because people were listening to him: He was an activist for over 20 years, helped pass the Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Law, helped educate the legislature on medical cannabis, and communicated his message to thousands of people. His message showed that the policy itself is far more dangerous than the marijuana and is now costing hundreds of billions of tax dollars every year. It's a catastrophic failure. Marijuana is more available now than ever, and drug abuse has gotten so bad under this policy that we now lead the world. The violent drug cartels make billions of dollars supplying marijuana and they are getting worse. Current policy created these cartels just like alcohol prohibition created Al Capone. If you do not recognize that the policy is directly responsible for the results it has produced, all you need to do is look around the US then look at places that have reformed cannabis laws. Those places have up to 50 percent lower adolescent marijuana use than Hawaii County. Look at what marijuana use was like before it was made illegal: there was no real problem as far as I can tell, certainly nothing like what we see today. The marijuana war has raged here for 30 years, and it will not get better as long as we keep doing the same things while expecting a different result. Free Roger Christie and give him a fair trial. But beyond that let's destroy the black market and the crime it has created. Reform the archaic marijuana laws now. Taxedtodeath - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.