A federal court judge says a 64-year-old Hilo cannabis minister can use religion as a defense in part of his federal marijuana distribution case. Roger Christie has been jailed for nearly three years while he awaits trial on charges of conspiring to manufacture and distribute pot. U-S District Judge Leslie Kobayashi said Christie and his wife may rely upon their religious beliefs to counter the element of "intent to distribute" in the charges. Assistant U-S Attorney Michael Kawahara filed a motion for the judge to reconsider -- or clarify the decision.
Posted Tuesday, August 13th 2013 @ 2pm