Pubdate: Fri, 17 Aug 2012
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)
Copyright: 2012 Star Advertiser
Author: Mark Van Doren


On Aug. 7, Roger Christie was denied bail for the sixth time.

He has been held without bail for more than two years under charges 
of distributing marijuana. Not murder - marijuana distribution.

The Green Party of Hawaii does not know whether Christie is guilty. 
However, as we feel personal marijuana use should be decriminalized, 
a person accused of nonviolent charges relating to marijuana should 
be granted bail.

The mantra that the arrest of Roger Christie has put a large dent in 
the distribution of marijuana on the Big Island is just not true. 
Marijuana continues to be grown and consumed by thousands of 
residents of East Hawaii for personal use, regardless of the Roger 
Christie case.

Christie should be granted bail, as other prisoners accused of more 
vile crimes are routinely granted.

Mark Van Doren

State co-chairman, Green Party of Hawaii
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