Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hawaii Political Prisoner Denied Bail-What Did Reverend Roger Christie Do?

Roger blesses  wedding party at Kalapana the day before the arrest




"God, that’s great!
Please show us the blessings in this situation…
And hurry!
We are safe. We are loved, and all is well…”





"What a trick this is for a plant, to produce a chemical so mysterious in its effects on human consciousness that the plant itself becomes the sacrament, deserving of humankind's worshipful care and dissemination." 
Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire




She's called the Botanical Messiah-the Plant messenger. She's a member of the Entheogen Ohana.   "Within GOD Creates".   Cannabis, psilocybin, peyote and mescaline are a few of these plant Entheogens.
Through her Anandamide- she delivers the Bliss.   Ananda, from Sanskrit, it means bliss or delight.  It's in chocolate, too! 
 Kana bos and  Keneh bosm is marijuana in Hebrew.  It's the sweet fragrant cane in the Holy Anointing Oil of the Old Testament.  Listed as calamus in the  King James version, a mistranslation from the Septuagint.  "The Living Torah" has the 411Make you own conclusions if it seems a bit nebulous. 

Ganja, Tai ma, dagga, chanvre, hanf, marijuana, cannabis, pakalolo.   Used for centuries in religion, as well as for medicines, textiles, fuel, and inebriant.   Solid proof that GOD gave humans special plants with multiple uses.  Evidence that our CREATOR gave us certain plants that help us to feel  joy, bliss, and delight.  

Botanical Messiah, Plant Messenger.   As in God's "friends and family network" with human beings.  To be high is to feel GOD within.  GOD aka "MOST HIGH".   Within  GOD creates.  HOLY SMOKE.  Joy, bliss, delight, pono, peace, love, laughter, smiles.... ALOHA.  
  

KAPU.  A'ole.  Pilikia.  Taboo.   Forbidden.  Prohibition. Devil weed.  Reefer madness.

BEHOLD, I have given you EVERY herb bearing seed which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed: to you it shall be for FOOD.  Genesis 1:29


Why is everyone making so much huhu over a plant?  What was GOD thinking-giving us all those "botanical messiahs"?  THIS  has been such a major pain in da okole for human beings.    LONG jail terms for THE Creator's plants?  What were YOU thinking, GOD?  I thought YOU loved us.  Did you make a mistake and give us the wrong plant?   Is this some kind of cosmic joke?  If so, I'm  not laughing.
 How is it, that a plant that brings Ananda can be so dangerous?   And if possessing these plants is a crime, then show me some victims. 


The Chinese once called  it Tai Ma-The GREAT PLANT.  Some say it means Great Mother.  Same difference. Tai=GREAT  Ma=Mama or Plant.    Are you wordless yet?  It sure takes my breath away.
What other plant on the face of the earth can be used for food, livestock feed, medicine, fuel, fabric, paper, building material, rope, sacrament and inebriant? Sometimes I wonder if this plant didn't come from another planet, it's so wonderous.  
Its use as medicine is astounding enough-appetite stimulant, aphrhodesiac, analgesic, sleep aid, glaucoma, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS, Fibromyalgia, seizures, digestive aid, anti-depressant, menstrual cramps and nausea relief.  That's just a few of them.  Used to be, that Cannabis meds were in every household, until....Bayer Aspirin came on the scene about 1910 or so.  Mother's soothed their colicky babies with it.  For real.


The Founding Fathers had a dream of all citizens being able to exercise their spiritual leanings without interference from Government.  It was such an important right, that it became part of the FIRST Amendment of the Constitution.  George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew the India hemp and encouraged everyone else to as well.    Benjamin Franklin had a mill that made rag paper out of hemp.  They drafted up the Constitution on that rag paper.  Can one assume then, that Hemp/Cannabis prohibition would be...er...ummm...cough, cough....UN-constitutional?
It has always been a very valuable crop and has even been used as currency in the early 19th century.    Hemp cultivation allowed the country to wean off of European imports.  In Colonial Virginia, it was illegal NOT grow it!  Can you believe that?  

How is it that such a useful plant has become so dangerous for humans?

Even the DEA's own Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young,  ruled in a landmark case in 1988, that "marijuana is one of the safest,  most therapeutically-active substances known to man, safer than many foods we commonly consume."  


 Forty years ago, Richard Nixon and his cronies were getting pretty pissed at all those baby boomer long haired hippy freaks with their protests and flag burning antics.  Imagine ole Tricky Dicky shaking like a Chihuahua over all those twenty somethings, going all feral and wild in the streets over the draft and Viet Nam.  TPTB had to do something. Blamed it all on the pot those idiot kids were smoking.  Trot out that old Reefer Madness flick .  (What a great investment that film was for its producer!)
If Viet Nam wasn't enough, they declared War on Drugs.  The Controlled Substance Act was typed up and configured.   It gave all drugs a classification based on their usefulness.  The safest, most therapeutical one?  With a penstroke,  became Schedule ONE-The MOST dangerous with zero value for ANYTHING.   

  Why has this plant fallen so low from its lofty place in the Botanical kingdom? The GREAT PLANT/MOTHER-Botanica non grata?   Is this some cosmic screw-up or is someone very AFRAID of this particular plant?




ALOHA, according to Dr. Serge Kahili King, writer and teacher of Hawaiian culture, means  "Joyful sharing of life energy in the present".  JOYFUL!    Inhaling holy smoke is the fastest route to joyful sharing of each others life energy.  Middle Eastern tribes would gather in tents and burn it like incense.  Tribal highs! Can you imagine communal inhaling of the ganja smoke with your brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas?  That's what they did.  Like luaus, but in tents.  You gotta figure there must have been some serious feasting after all that inhaling.  Cheee hoooo!

Cannabis plus Hawaii?  Joyful, joyous ALOHA!  Heaven right here on Earth.  In the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Roger Christie was licensed by the State of Hawaii, Department of Health in June 2000.   As far as anyone knows, he is the first licensed Cannabis Sacrament Minister in the United States.  Licensed to offer the sacrament of an illegal plant.  Seal of approval by the State of Hawaii.   Shakas and mahalo nui loa to da First Amendment, braddahs and sistahs!  It's a sacrament, all right.  The original sacrament.  We're talking tens of thousands of years kind of sacrament.   Humans have been using this plant that long to connect with the CREATOR.  

The Botanical Messiah according to Reverend Roger:

"I knew my instincts were correct to smoke Cannabis and follow the 'marijuana trail' wherever it leads.  Turns out that it leads to lots of happiness, healing of body and mind and a deep spiritual connection with a safe and natural plant sacrament.  I consider Cannabis to be a "Botanical Messiah", a savior in a plant.

Save people from what?

Hunger-with its nutritional seeds and the juice from its leaves, Hemp is now being recognized by some experts as the single most nutritious source of food on the planet

Cold-with its warm and sturdy organic fibers made into cloth.

Exposure-with its fibers and hurds made into MDP, medium density particleboard, and extruded lumber for shelter.

Sickness-with its safe herbal remedies made simply as tea from the leaves, smoke, vapor, tincture, poultice, etc.

Cannabis reduces stress, thus preventing dis-ease of many types.

Spiritual disconnect-with its sacrament from smoke, vapor, tincture and more and the circle of instant friends it attracts.

Religious misconception-with the knowledge of the sacramental history of Cannabis as the world's most widely-used sacrament it can dispel the myths of many world religions that began many millenia ago with Cannabis as their sacrament.  (Soma, Haoma, etc.) 

Environmental disaster-with the use of hemp as a substitute for trees for paper and building materials, building soil, preventing erosion, and adding monoterpenes into the atmosphere helping to heal ozone depletion.  Also phyto-remediation, the cleaning-up of toxic soil contamination by growing hemp and pulling the toxins out like its done at Chernobel.
Also replenishing the wild bird populations that have a need for the nutritious hempseed.
And so much more.  Now THAT'S a 'savior'!"



The Big Island with its vast tracts of raw subdivided land, is a Mecca for the West Coast counter culture and others looking to “Bug-out” of the mainstream paranoia.    One district, Puna, is bigger than the entire island of Oahu-from the town of Volcano to the eastern tip of Pohoiki, it's a one hour drive.   It's at least 2500 miles from the nearest land mass,  truly the last frontier.   Few to zero amenities and too expensive for drop-in visits from the 'rents.  It was and still is a major re-location destination for urban refugees.  Certainly not the kind of place, if one needs shopping malls, cable tv and high speed internet, but for those maverick types it was and still is the ideal place to re-invent and pursue the inner passions.  It's a tropical paradise, not far from the equator and...BONUS....it's one of the 50 states!   Grow the herbs and vegetables, raise a few chickens, live off the grid, homeschool the kids.....in Hawaii.  Oh yeah.  And plenty of  absentee-owned vacant land..... CHOKE.  (Pidgin talk-means plenty!)




The Pakalolo Culture.  It’s hiding in plain sight and like its neighbor across the water, California, the biggest cash crop.  Much like the Emerald Triangle of Northern California.  Ace Hardware and even Long's Drugstore, along with several garden and grow shops,  sell the favored growing mediums and fertilizers.  "Tobacco shops" and Tattoo parlors far outnumber booksellers and health food stores.   The island's vast expanses of thick tropical forests, vacant land plots, and rich volcanic soil, offer a near perfect growing environment for the  year round cultivation of this mysterious and highly valuable plant.  

The number one radio station, Native FM features daily "420 breaks" and a playlist of local “Jawaiian” (Hawaiian reggae) musicians as well as classic reggae, roots and Hawaiian hip-hop. The advertising revenue is top heavy with  smoke shops, greenhouse suppliers, Medical Marijuana Clinics, and  tattoo parlors.  Bob Marley paraphenalia has not lost any of its appeal and continues to be a common political, spiritual and fashion statement.  Many Rastafarians call the Big Island home, and it is not uncommon to see respectable, educated, church going citizens sporting dreadlocks. 

Roger Christie arrived on the windward side of this Moku Nui (Big island) in the mid 80’s and knew it was the place for him. Pahoa town in lower Puna offered the perfect lifestyle for a young, dynamic, blue-eyed counter-culture guy and his  VW camper bus.   One didn’t need a Phd in "Ganjanomics" to see that Pakalolo was the de-facto economy of this tropical style, Wild West island frontier.   Ever the dynamic optimist, Roger and  Aloha were a match made in heaven.   He established himself in a rickety, termite infested storefront in downtown Pahoa,  and became the "go-to" guy for anything and everything to do with Hemp and Cannabis legalization, promotion, education, politics and activism.  Perfect career choice, for anyone who has a knack for shaking up the status quo.

"I moved to Maui in 1985 from San Francisco to have a new start in life after a relationship break-up.  I was on Maui for almost a year when I decided to visit the Big Island for a short vacation.  One hour in Hilo was all it took for me to fall in love with it.  I remember it well; Columbus Day October 12, 1986.  I checked-in to the Lanakai Hotel, now the Wild Ginger Inn.  As I breathed-in the atmosphere and the ocean air I looked at the guest register and there was 'bud shake' all over it as if someone had just rolled a joint right there!  The Manager happily offered me the shake and said, "sign right here".  I was hooked!  :-}  The funky architecture, the laid-back, local lifestyle, the lack of tourists, Mauna Kea, the weather, all the fresh water, cheap land and rent, the Cannabis!  It all added-up to me, settling very happily on the windward side of Moku Nui, the Big Island of Hawai'i and calling it my new home.  Ganjaloha!"


                                      Scoping out future location of the Hawaiian Hemp Company circa 1990

 By the early nineties he had opened up the state's first hemp retail store, Hawaiian Hemp Company in Pahoa,  with two partners, Aaron Anderson and Dwight Kondo. Things got interesting, though,  when Aaron and Roger,  got busted for importing USDA/DEA approved hemp seeds (bird seeds).  They were planning to offer a special hemp seed banquet and had ordered 25 pounds of the de-natured seeds.  Hawaii County police pounced on the shipment and made the arrest.   But like rotten chicken eggs,  it all blew up in the court room when certain shenanigans came under the Judge's scrutiny.  
From the prosecuting attorney's inter-office memos, it was discovered that Roger and Aaron were, in fact, arrested for their vocal hemp activism.  (There's that First Amendment violation thingy, again)   Then, two law enforcement personel, looking to frame the business duo,  had attempted to sprout some of the  seeds and swapped out a few of the de-natured ones for the psychoactive variety.  
 It took less than 5 minutes for the Judge to heave the whole stinking pile into the rubbish can, wherein, Roger and his partner turned around and sued the Prosecuting Attorney's office for damages and lost revenue, and won a whopping $75,000 settlement.  The pair, in fact, prosecuted the prosecutor for "selective prosecution" since anyone else could have purchased these seeds without impugnity.   The outcome of this  must NOT have sat well in the Prosecuting Attorney's office.  Being that Revenge is always a dish best served COLD,  many have wondered if there wasn't some long term vendetta against the two.   But, that's just speculation.   Cannabis Culture Magazine wrote about the incident,   "Hawaii Hemp Heroes",  in 2003.


Twenty four years on this island has firmly secured Roger's  reputation as the island's "Pot Guru".  Along the way, he has garnered his fare share of publicity, notoriety and controversy.  He has been labeled and accused of many transgressions and expletives,  including charlatan, fake, sinister, greedy, deceptive, Holy man, ganja man, drug dealer,  and most recently, "DANGER to the community".   This articulate, humble, personable and gentlemanly minister has run for mayor twice, and in 2000 won the Drug Policy Alliance of Hawaii's Ho'omaluhia Award (peacemaker).   He exposed the "marijuana eradication program"  as the cause of the vicious meth epidemic, after he'd run across a suppressed government-funded study and with that in hand, stood before the county council, revealing the unintended consequences of  the devastating Green Harvest missions.

                                               Roger ran for mayor twice, this is from 2004

Roger has helped to pioneer the use of hemp foods and clothing and to get the only hemp research facility in the USA approved for Hawai'i.  He wrote the lawsuit that resulted in grounding of all marijuana eradication helicopters in the year 2000 on the big island.  In one of the most celebrated initiatives, he was behind the Peaceful Sky/Lowest Level of Law enforcement Priority Cannabis Initiative.  This allowed citizens to have 24 plants or 24 ounces.  It wasn't exactly decriminalization, just lowest level priority for law enforcement.   He stayed behind the scenes on this one to make it work, and a great team effort helped it to pass on election day 2008.  A grant from the Marijuana Policy Project added some critical funding and helped to secure a resounding 58% YES vote.

High Times Magazine thought the 24 plant/lowest level deal  was "da bomb" and gave Hawaii County an honorable mention as one of the Top Ten Cities for obtaining herbs.  (Shoots brah, the Big Island isn't even close to being a city!)  Unfortunately, Hawaii County  refuses to honor this  law as Green Harvest helicopters were out in force during the recent harvest season.  The county prosecutor's office wave it off,  saying that State and Federal laws trump the will of the people.   Still, plenty pakas make it into the barn.   The real fun part about this war on plants is that with all the herbs floating around, the prices have plummeted to about $125-$200/oz.  Oh, and to clarify, that was the price at harvest time.  It's probably higher now.

It would be an understatement to say he has been a powerful force in bringing change and liberation of hemp/cannabis to the State of Hawaii.  It did take teamwork.  He has aligned himself with other local activists to initiate change for hemp, medical marijuana and religious use of Cannabis sacrament, including Aaron Anderson, Dwight Kondo, Pastor Jim Kimmell, Rev. Jonathan Adler (R.I.P.), Rev. Dennis Shields, Pastor Ray Christl and many more dedicated people over the last twenty four years.  Roger also credits his significant others with invaluable support over the years. 



Roger is one of those individuals that finds blessings in every situation.  He exudes graciousness and genteel manners, a product of his upbringing.  A true maverick kind of guy, he's charismatic and articulate, rarely swears, treats his 83 year old mother like a Queen, and has many friends, admirers and fans.  He does have a  "rockstar" aura about him with an arresting handsomeness  and youthful appearance.  The dark brown hair is just what his mama gave him.  Everyone asks if his hair is really that color.  His girlfriend and partner,  Share, does verify that Grecian Formula is NOT on the shopping list.   (Did I mention that Cannabis is a youth elixir?)
                                       Sharing some of that rockstar aura with some Puakenikeni flowers





Roger’s account of himself:

I'm a American baby boomer guy who was really into the peace and love culture back in the late 1960's and 70's.  I saw lots of good that happened to our generation from the happy, healthy use of Cannabis.  Organic farming, questioning authority, communes, food co-ops, natural/home birthing, great music everywhere, the Mother Earth News, Whole Earth Catalog type lifestyles, hippies, anti-war activists, experimenting with almost everything, hitchhiking, Jesus freaks, Krishna's and drop-outs and so much more with virtually everyone using 'marijuana'.  It was a very promising and uplifting era and lots of fun and political stresses, too ... until the 'war on marijuana' came along and put an end to the generational party.  The government couldn't 'get us' for our politics, but they found out that when they take away the Cannabis, they usually take away the protests. 

My personal morality prevented me from serving in the US Army as a trained 'intelligence analyst' back in the Vietnam war, but I willingly volunteered for civilian duty as an intelligence analyst for WE THE PEOPLE who use Cannabis.  My journey led me to the Religious Science Church of Hilo for fellowship and metaphysics 'practitioner' training back in the late 1980's on the big island.  The Religion of Jesus Church then showed me how to blend Cannabis and spirituality together for my highest good as a "sacrament".  "A sacrament is the visible form of an invisible grace."  according to St. Augustine.  I got it.  Made perfect sense to me as I was not a 'patient' in need of marijuana medicine, other than to reduce the stresses of life and as a barrier to alcohol.
Some of my heroes have been Albert Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, William Wallace (Braveheart), Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin.

 One would expect that a such a controversial Cannabis minister would have at the least a few bothersome detractors to make life interesting.  How does Roger deal with these naysayers?  Why he blesses them!  He truly believes that everything in Life is a learning opportunity and has been deeply, and profoundly inspired by the esteemed Puna professor of Aloha, Serge Kahili King,  whose personal mantra is all about BLESSING transgressions and showing gratitude for lessons learned.   This philosophy has its foundation in the ancient Hawaiian path of Huna.  The professor wrote, "The Little Pink Booklet of Aloha"  which Roger loves to give to anyone who comes into his life.  

This Peacemaker, Minister, rockstar, educator, liberator, humanitarian and "Little Pink Booklet of Aloha" giver, has  been declared "a danger to the community" by the US District Attorney and five 9th Circuit Court  judges and has been denied bail 5 times in decisions that are obviously 'political', not legal or 'reasonable' according to law.
He IS a Political Prisoner, since no other explanation makes any sense.




It took 24 years for the DEA to figure out that Roger might be spoiling their employment futures.  On July 8th, 2010, he was raided, arrested, handcuffed and shackled along with his Beloved, Share St. Cyr, and 12 others, collectively known as the GREEN 14.   In a multi-agency, coordinated operation, with a secret indictment in place, they armored themselves up with the standard SWAT gear and swooped in for the bust at their usual pre-scheduled appointment-The crack of dawn.  Untold fleets of government agency manpower must have been utilized to pull this one off.  It probably didn't take a lot of arm twisting either, to get everyone on board for an all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii.   Like shooting Tilapia in a pond-simultaneous raids on a flock of pot growing religious users!  Oh yes Sir, sign me up for that mission.   Pot minister with no weapons? Dang, I'm in.
Screw those Mexican drug cartels, they can HAVE Arizona

The district attorney, Michael Kawahara,  claims that Roger Christie thinks he is ABOVE THE LAW and therefore should be held without bail since this makes him a danger to the community.  (Yes,  they have those kinds of laws in the books!)  The Judges all agree, so there he sits, unable to have due process, unable to defend himself, and unable to effectively prepare for this landmark case.  

A peacemaker citizen with zero previous convictions is dangerous to his community? And  exercising one's unalienable rights is considered acting ABOVE THE LAW?

Reverend Roger Christie is a 61 one year old, Cannabis Liberator, Human Rights Activist, licensed Hawaii Cannabis Minister, and founder of the THC-Ministry. He's been operating, with zero interference from local prosecutors,  in full view, within state laws, on downtown Hilo’s bayfront for six years.  Surely, there may have been a few gray areas and at times things may have slipped by him.   That is how the DEA  gets you- Waiting for the screw up.  Just like they got Tommy Chong.  Hovering and lurking, tapping the phone lines, listening, listening, listening for months, years even, until...Booyah! A screw up. Nailed on verbage.  YEEEEEE HAW....Gotcha! 


The crowning glory of the THC-Ministry was the Holy Anointing Oil found in Exodus 30:23.  Through the works of Chris Bennett he had learned that the ingredients in the Hebrew translation included "Kana bos" or Keneh bosm, NOT calamus as the King James version lists.    Roger decided he would re-create this recipe, that called for POUNDS of the sacred herb, along with gallons of olive oil, along with cinnamon, cassia and myrrh.  So, he blessed the giant pot of fragrant oil, and bottled it up.    A week later, a woman with incurable gangrene on her legs and imminent amputation, called Roger seeking comfort.  Roger asked her if she would try the oil and she did, with a miraculous healing of her legs.   Her gangrene went away and she avoided amputation.  The Cannabis minister thought of  Jesus Christ's ministry and how he used an oil to heal, (Mark 6:13) and was mystified by this.  
  
He gave small tincture bottles of this to everyone who asked.   Anointings and blessings were done for  anyone who showed up from 2pm-5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Larger bottles were available for a donation to the ministry.   New members, some of which were Christians,  racked with guilt their entire adult lives, because they preferred the buzz of the illegal herb, would break down in tears of joy upon learning that their favorite inebriant was, in fact,  a sacred plant entheogen.  

Jesus Christ literally means I AM ANOINTED.  And what is in the Holy Anointing Oil, again?  Je sus=I am,  Christ is from the Greek word-Chrism.  Chrism=to anoint. 

  After the arrest of the Green 14,  the legalization dot orgs began to speculate about the THC-Ministry.   NORML strangely enough, glossed over the bail denial and  threw him under the bus  with insinuations and snarkisms.  That didn't sit well at all with a lot of their members.    Cannabis Culture Magazine and Chris Bennett wondered why Norml was throwing Roger to the lions and thrashed the organization with accusations that they were not supporting this particular activist because he chose to exercise his First Amendment-Religious-use rights.  NORML was blindsided by the angry barrage of comments and quickly enlisted Russ Bellville to salvage the big huhu.

The investigation of the THC-Ministry was conducted by a joint team of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Hawaii County Police Department, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Postal Inspection Service, and Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, the Coast Guard, the State of Hawaii Narcotics Enforcement Division, the State Department of Public Safety and the Hawaii National Guard Counter Drug Unit.
They used a military Cargo plane to fly the 14 defendants to Honolulu.  How much weed did they find in Roger’s residence?  Two pounds.  As in ONE KILO.  One of the Green 14 had just 2 plants!  Another had zero pakas but was arrested for a phone conversation with Roger.  Others had much more but never on the scale of the Mexicans and their tractor trailer tonnages.  How much money was found in Roger’s home?  $21, 494.  That was a rainy day fund to cover rent, utilities and wages for the Ministry and included $10,000 of Roger’s entire LIFE savings!  (Roger does admit, for a 61 year old guy,  to have this puny amount for his savings and retirement IS pathetic and embarrassing!)

The Fed’s actually boasted that they had knocked out a huge drug ring in Hawaii!!!!  HUGE?  What metric do they use to define HUGE?  And IF it was such a major kick in the opu, and Roger is so pilikia (dangerous), then why is it that since his incarceration,  there's been a steep drop in the price and plenty pakas.  But by wintertime, as this is being written, prices went back up and worse, some are complaining of buying bags laced with Meth.     


And would there be enough spreadsheets to calculate the cost of this trial with 14 defendants ALL but one using public defenders?  Already, the estimate for the indictment and bust and all expenses paid trip for the battalion of Government agency forces is in the millions!  Collectively,  the Green 14 had about 3000 plants which did include 1000 sprouts!  Yes, you read that correctly-SPROUTS!!!!   

With that metric in mind, let’s have a grand tour of this HUGE Pot Trafficker’s day to day life.  I'm going to give you an MTV look into his garish lifestyle and examine the inside of "The Crib".  

Roger and his spiritual twin, 59 year old Share St. Cyr, Holistic Healer/Activist (for 38 years!) and bamboo farmer, live in a small two bedroom, one bath, third floor walk-up apartment in a questionable part of town.  It’s neat and clean, with a street and jungle view.  Furnishings are spare and  Bohemian. The flooring is a work in progress and a certain pesky rug buckles and crawls but overall it is a pleasant, peaceful and inviting environment.  The resident pet gecko gobbles up stray gnats and knows where the door is when he's ready to re-join his own kind.
The décor is light and airy with natural colored fabrics and furnishings.   Roger loves an open air atmosphere and prefers the windows to be unobstructed by screens.  The Wasps, bees, flies and moths that pay frequent visits do find their way back out.  And the ones who stick around become dinner for Mr. Resident Gecko.    Roger and Share do the Buddhist thing with these creatures with bug interventions and re-directions.  Poisoning and crushing innocent creatures has zero benefits in this peaceful home sanctuary.  I have yet to see one B-52 kine cock-a-roach in that home.  Maybe the three flights of stairs keeps 'em away? 

       Roger and his Beloved Share St. Cyr



                                              Living room bookcase loaded with Cannabis literature


 The walls are lined with bookcases full of Cannabis literature.  His favorite books are the works of Canadian  religious Cannabis scholar, Chris Bennett and of course the iconic, Jack Herer of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes.  (Roger knew Jack and attended conferences with him).   
Chris Bennett says that Cannabis is the OLDEST sacrament for religious use.  He wrote the provocative, 2003 piece for High Times-“Was Jesus a Stoner?”   Roger has known of Chris since the early 90's when Roger and Aaron Anderson were pioneering the gift of hempseed nutrition.   Roger read his books on cannabis and religion, Green Gold the Tree of Life: Marijuana in Magic and Religion(1995); Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible (2001); and Cannabis and the Soma Solution (2010) and these ideas resonated with him to the point he began THC-Ministries, actualizing many of the ideas contained in the books, and healing people with the Cannabis based Holy Oils used in the Old and New Testament stories.
                                            Hall bookcase serves as pantry and general storage


Roger’s “ride” is the  textbook Cannabis minister vehicle,  a minivan.    An 11 year old Toyota Sienna!   And then there’s the mountain bikes.   He and his Beloved Share, love to pedal around town, and take outings to the $1 Kress Cinema, Hilo’s Farmer’s Market, Abundant Life Healthfood store, thrift shops and the Palace Theater.    Gee whiz, they could be poster kids for AARP!  Just two bumperstickers on da whip-not all decoupaged like one Punatic crud-car.    
Aloha Aina means Love the land, malama means care for/tend/nurture.   Pono has SO many meanings in English but the main definition is kinda like doing one's  best at honoring GOD'S commandments.  Living Pono.  Being right with AKUA. 


                                         Can we  judge someone's character by junk in da trunk?


And what would a "Man of the Cloth", a Cannabis Sacrament Minister be wearing?  Polyester, silk, cotton, wool or Cannabis Sativa?  If you expect that he would be wearing clothing made of the last choice then you do KNOW Roger!  Jackets, shirts, pants, sportswear, all made out of fine hemp fabricHe hires local garment craftspeople to make these pieces.  
Hemp is everywhere in his residence, as well,  with ropes, oils, soaps, hemp foods, hemp flags, hemp paper and hemp covered throw pillows, drapes and blankets.  And that is Roger for you-walking the talk.
Pssst...I nevah check da bibadees (BVD's) to see if fo' hemp.  You go ask.




  He hires local garment kine craftspeople to make these pieces.  Hemp is everywhere in his residence, ropes,  fabrics, oils, soaps, hemp foods, hemp flags, hemp paper and hemp covered throw pillows, drapes and blankets.  Walking the talk.

The THC- Ministry, located just minutes by bicycle, from his home, was on the second floor of the Moses building on the scenic bayfront of downtown Hilo.  The screenless windows drew in the fresh ocean air and offered a clear view of the Hilo bay.  It was clean and organized with a place for everything.  Very much a ministry.  The hallway walls were covered with literature on history of religious use.  Very much a learning experience with lots of lively talkstory for members who would wait there to see Roger.
The Moses Building was built in the 1920's and has survived its fair share of tsunamis.  The electrical system is faulty and the termites use their Frequent Diner Cards on the walls and floors.    The lua (bathroom) is tiny and located down the hallway.  Dr. Bronner Hemp soaps sat on the sink as Roger insisted that everyone wash up before entering into the sanctuary to receive their drops of Holy Anointing Oil, blessings, tinctures, medicinal preparations or sacraments.

He loved his life ministering to all the kooks, quacks, lost souls, street people, Punatics, prostitutes, wierdos, trolls, and disabled vets, artists, dignitaries, lawyers, entrepeneurs, ministers and activists.   Then there were the legitimate medical patients who had no access to dispensaries since Hawaii has no provisions for this.  Roger believed so much in the healing and sacredness of this plant, and as any good minister does, he provided comfort.    A safer alternative for those who prefer the natural herb over toxic pharmaceuticals.    And he never questioned those who came to him, except that they show valid blue cards or exhibit sincerity as a ministry member.  There was a time, when he misjudged a young man who had  come to him for herbs.  When he saw the huge scar that ran from throat to groin, he never again questioned anyone's motives for needing herbs.  He did what any effective minister does, counseling, encouraging, praying, blessing, comforting and educating-   Minister, it means literally "to comfort".  It's what joyfully got him out of bed each and every morning!

Over 35% of Big Island residents live on some form of assistance from welfare, food stamps, veteran's pay, disability, Social Security and unemployment.  Few of them had money to offer donations for “sacraments.”  Special “Aloha bags” (shake) were given to these folks.  Many, in lieu of cash donations, would leave all manner of garden produce including coconuts, bananas, citrus, lilikoi, lychee, mangos,  and papaya. Also lining the ministry hallway would be cans of Spam, chicken eggs, coconuts, artwork, handmade jewelry and even used clothing.  Anything and everything was accepted as a show of gratitude towards the ministry.   Roger,  himself, heard to say in one of the 17,000 tapped calls the Feds had,  that 60-70 people would come in daily.  He was going through at the MOST half a pound of pakas each day.    8 ounces.  Eight OUNCES???!!!!!  And this is what convinced the DEA that he was piling up insane amounts of kala$?   Shoots brah, those government agents have no idea about Hawaiian ways.  Zero.

Profits, booty,  dirty money?  Everyone wants to know where he buried all the loot.  The accusations that Roger was making obscene profits, was a no-brainer-to the DEA.  But what their calculations fall apart is this: A culture on  public-assistance-for-income-reality with few to zero resources.  There were the members who DID make appropriate donations, but they could hardly compensate for all of those who lacked the extra cash for a little herbal comfort.  And believe me, the ones who DON'T got, far outnumber the ones who DO got.   In fact, Share, would get so concerned about the handouts, loans and give-aways,  he would firmly yet gently tell her, "Sweetheat, better leave and go to the farm now".  That was his way of letting Share know that she was out of line.  Share knew it was useless to suggest he rein in all that helping.   Besides, she always says, "I have always asked GOD for the same thing:  a man with a vision.   And boy did I ever get that!"   

But... if he had buried all that tax free booty, then surely there would be circumstantial evidence?
If you had piles of Benjamins, would you have the willpower to withstand 8 months in prison   confined in a windowless cell directly adjacent to a busy international airport?   Wouldn't you figure there'd be some way to access stash to hire one high profile attorney?  So why does he retain a public defender?  Is he just being  sensibly frugal or was that confiscated $10K life savings in the tin box, all he had?

 Before the July arrest of the “Green 14”, the ministry was raided 4 months prior,  on March 10th.  At that time, the DEA agents did confiscate some cash and 7 cannabis plants, but made NO arrests.  (But I thought he was extremely dangerous?)  When they left there was no yellow tape around the ministry crime scene and NO arrests.  Roger, always the irrepressible optimist, actually believed they were respecting his First Amendment rights!  When asked about the raid, his account of the incident was this,


“I felt the DEA. was 'measuring me', seeing up-close what I am and we are/were about.  When I looked on the 'search warrant' it literally said that we "are arguably a legitimate ministry" with "legitimate Ministry customers".  Legitimate customers and patients need their legitimate sacrament and medicine when they need it!  It's life or death or pain for some of our patients!  Thyroid cancer, A.I.D.S., etc.  I can see their faces now.  Betty Lou and Terry and Blue and the rest of the medical ohana.  

    They did NOT give everything back to me after the first raid.  When I asked in writing to get our seized cash back the government responded in writing, certified mail, that they "had accepted my claim and petition" for such!  Really?  I was thrilled for the positive tone and felt justified that they realized they made a mistake and we were getting our cash BACK.  Foolish me!  Optimistic me!  Plus, I hadn't been arrested.  They didn't put a 'crime scene' police tape around the place.  They said specifically that I/we were NOT under arrest.  And I feel to this day that I'm the most legitimate, government-licensed Cannabis Minister in the USA, up til now.  As a symbol of our sincerity and legitimacy, and with the urgency of sick and dying patients, and with some members wanting and needing to stay off of 'ice', and others needing to connect with the God of their understanding in a sacramental manner, a REAL Minister would carry-on until he couldn't carry-on.  I carried-on helping our 'flock' until I could carry-on zero more ... under arrest.  I took my/our mission to the 'end of the road', not because I was scared of the government because they raided us and said, "Boo!".  My 'mana' (soul, spirit) and my sincerity demanded that I 'stay the course' and I did. 
"I was very compliant with the search warrant, happy to be cooperative. Because I feel like I have nothing to hide. We provide cannabis sacraments and we're happy to do so. And it's a sacred thing to us. We're standing for religious freedom, using cannabis in private, at home or church. And it's a blessed, beautiful thing.”

Can a person be too optimistic about their First Amendment rights?  And if so, why does this make them a danger to their community? 

As for the rest of the defendants; one man who was living in a tent had a medical license and was within his state limit of 7 plants! Another couple, artisan lettuce farmers, had just over 250 plants. Then there was the one with 2 plants. Another had 800. And then there was the one who had zero plants.  Yes, Z-E-R-O.   They got him on a phone call.  Verbage. 

Three thousand plants.  THIS is what the Feds call a BIG drug ring. What about all those cargo containers, on the mainland,  with 10, 20, 30 and 105 TONS?   Those containers they keep discovering in California, Arizona and Chicago
 Are these traffickers considered "dangerous to their communities" and denied bail?

More than eight months have gone by, and still Roger sits in the Federal Detention Center.  No contact with anyone except sporadic to infrequent visits with his public 
defender.  He has access to the Corrlinks email system, but no internet.  Partner Share,  is NOT his wife so she is not allowed to visit.  And even if they were married,  she could ill afford the $300 plus roundtrip airfare to Oahu.  He relies on the Cannabis Charity Foundation to send him $600 per month so he can have 300 minutes a month for phone use, Corrlinks email, postage for snail mail and a few nickels for the prison commissary.  And...the Taxpayers DO pay the Hotel and room service charges at $100 per day.   Now there's a money maker-Federal Prisons.  Can I buy a franchise for that, please?

 Roger finds ways to cope in this situation.  He is able to retain his light heartedness and hopes beyond hope that THIS may be the LAST marijuana trial.   (After all, there was once a LAST WITCH TRIAL when the Salem, Massachusetts Governor's wife was accused of such!)  Roger says this goes beyond a religious use defense, it IS a human rights issue.  WE THE PEOPLE and the planet, with that amazing, hard wired, endocannabinoid  system,  are indeed designed by the CREATOR to use this plant for ALL of its 50,000 uses.  Food, fuel, textiles, medicine, sacrament and inebriant.  

Roger finds hope and comfort from the Bible:

Consider it pure joy whenever you face a trial testing your faith because the testing of faith delivers perserverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may mature and complete yourself.   Blessed is he or she who perserveres under trial because when you have stood the test you will receive the crown of life that God has offered.   James 1:2 

To he who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the 'tree of life'. Rev. 2:7
 

Roger, first and foremost has always been about the LIBERATION of Hemp/Cannabis.  He sleeps well at night, in that dreary steel cage, knowing he has stayed true to this mission.
As Roger says,  "GANJALOHA"!

 HELP FREE ROGER CHRISTIE!  Share this blog and please send donations for his defense to the Cannabis Charity and Education Defense Fund

To read more about this case including  the Fed's 46 page deposition    THE LAST MARIJUANA TRIAL


Hokulani Cheneviere,  is a Mu'u Mu'u maker, wife and HipHop-Hula mom who lives in Ola'a, Puna, Kingdom of Hawaii on a 2 acre chicken and banana farm.


















15 comments:

  1. Great blog!!!!
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    Pablo from Argentina

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  2. Bless you Hokulani! This is the most effective effort to help Roger I've seen yet. I'm honored to share your excellent documentary.

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  3. Nice try

    no cigar

    From my personal experience Christie is a fraud and an ego centrist who is primarily only in it for himself

    I have had a terminally ill cancer patient come to me with complaint of Christie's contraband street prices for medicine and Sacrament

    I should know I made the mistake of ordaining Christie in 2000 as a minister of the Religion of Jesus Church, only to have him immediately drop the church and its religious text and principles so that he could use his ordination to sell pot for contraband prices and use his then girlfriend's home as a publicly advertised cannabis sanctuary only then to attempt to set her up to be busted by the cops

    I denounced Christie publicly in the spring of 2001 at Kuhio Beach Park on Oahu as he attempted to con folks into BUYING his get out of free jail card which copied from the Religion of Jesus Church membership card that I created and never intended as a commercial ploy

    eventually he had the gall to sell these santuary kits for $250 [one can not sell either freedom or sanctuary imagine the outrage if seats were sold in the Superdome during Katrina]

    Tho it is obvious that no one should be in jail for pot ONLY; Christie remains in jail because of his chronic ego assertions when requesting bail; his only offer for his employment was to go back to his contraband dealing Hilo so-called ministry, which the government through 5 bai attempts has concluded that he has no marketable skills and is too likely to continue to deal pot to be allowed on the street

    rather than furthering the cause of the religious use of pot Christie has set such efforts BACK due to his ego and greed

    the above article tries to rationalize as minor the amounts of money Christie gained yet most of us do not have $25,000 laying around the house and in the raid in which Christie and the duped 13 co-defendants were arrested he had gained an additional $10,000 in the few weeks between the two raids

    I believe Christie sits in jail because of his betrayal of the vows he took before God in his ordination; he had committed to evanglise the Religion of Jesus not the Religion of Roger, to heal the sick, not to rob them or parasitically live off of them [Christie was very opposed to the Hawaii Med pot law so to hold him up as a champion of patients is absurd] as according to the statements gathered in this case only 10% of Christie's customers were med-pot registered

    Christie stands in the unenviable position of hypocritically on one hand saying that government prohibition is a great sin, but on the other hand asking 'hey fill my pockets' with contraband prices and profits[the case so far shows Christie gaining a thousand dollar profit from 8 ounces of pot]

    according to the above article he was on average selling ONLY 8 oz. or $1,000 per day hardly a vow of poverty as this article implies

    know the truth the truth sets us free

    Rev. Dennis Shields

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  4. With all respect, Reverend Shields, you missed some vital points in my story. The facts are this, Roger accepted donations in any form, including bananas, pineapples, lilikoi, guava, even spam and rice. You know as well as I do, that most of the folks coming into the ministry for those "aloha bags" were not handing him street price donation$ were they? This is THE truth, I have heard this straight from several locals who did get herbs from the Ministry. I can only imagine Roger scrambling to keep up with overhead in the midst of all the handouts.
    Big puka, though, in one of your statements. From the March 10th raid until the arrest on July 8th would be near 16 weeks. That is a bit more than a few weeks. And you forget that $10k of the $21,494 was his entire life savings. Not everyone on this island lives hand to mouth, either. In my book, $22K is NOT a lot of money. I myself, would be in a panic to have only that with massive overhead that Roger surely had with his ministry. And believe me, I'm just another poor Punatic, living a simple life, so no think I'm all flush with kala$ cuz NOT.
    I only hope that you live in one solid rock house, and if ever busted by FEDs you have support of loved ones who do have big piles of loot. For you to throw kukae over this man is disgraceful and in no way would I consider you one man of GOD. Sure Roger, is nowhere near perfect, like I said there were plenty gray areas. Overall, I see a man who truly wanted to help others, even at his own expense. And believe me, I was looking for kukae under da pohakus! I have been allowed to examine this man and his life and I DID look hard for red flags. I may have found some ballet-pink ones, but no red.
    Whatever you want to say about him, his heart has always been in the right place when it came to his flock/ministry.
    The bottom line here, is that he nevah hold one gun to anyone's head to force em to grow pakas for the ministry. I do believe that the Green 13 have only themselves to blame if they actually believed they were protected by THE FIRST AMENDMENT. Yes sir, that is the deal here. Roger believed that he was protected by that #1 Amendment and THAT is where he made a huge mistake. Silly Roger. So here's the deal, if a citizen chooses to exercise freedom of religion by using the planet's original sacrament they are considered dangerous and therefore thrown in cage. How is this? Should you not be more concerned with that fact, than some 10 year old grudge against this man? And how brave of you, Reverend to kick this man when he is so utterly unable to defend himself. May your life continue to be as perfect as it is.
    Reverend Shields, I only pray that you can let go of your anger towards this man and find some compassion for this soul who ZERO deserves to be held "as a danger to the community". Roger has flaws for sure, but the biggest one may be his exuberant optimism for this Sacred plant. ALL of us need to support the Liberation of the Plant and UNITE on that aspect. I am foremost about the LIBERATION of Cannabis and I pray that you could agree on that as well.

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  5. Dear Dennis;

    Slander takes many forms, but this is obviously a personal grudge you are expressing; possibly due to jealousy of the growth of Roger's movement, or the fact that he was actually making a political impact AS a minister to get freedoms both religious AND real for ALL OF US (Including You)...but who can say.

    Since you are so concerned with monetary means, why don't you also write up a nice extensive list of all of the sacrament GIVEN FREELY by Roger and the church, as well as money and assistance that was given and NOT repayed (or stolen!!). Maybe then you would understand how a church can have be accepting donations while still having a paltry net gain; in giving back to one's community. This is the PRIMARY FUNCTION of a church. We have lost sight of that with the constant bombardment from the Major Slave Religions and their toxic practices.

    BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST, Reverend Dennis, you have fallen victim to the oldest war tactic in the book: Divide and Conquer. You would favor the petty bickering of an obsolete politician
    over the gathering of holy forces against a very real aggression towards the freedom and well-being of all of us.

    I Also know, from first hand experience, that Roger Christie has done more for his "flock" AND those outside than any other minister I have ever heard of since the late Rev. King Jr., having the courage to even put himself at personal risk to defend what he believes in.

    I have utmost love for you and respect for the role that you have played in this movement, Rev. Dennis, but I represent a New Generation, and we tire of the lies and poison these Truths of yours contain. It is time to start learning how to put aside our differences (which are often quite minor!) and work together to build up a real spiritual future that has been beaten down. Hemp has been and will again be the Salvation of Mankind, and I will be God Damned if I see it denied for me Or my children!!

    God Bless you Roger, we'll see you soon!
    Mahalo for all of our gifts and Blessings, and much thanks to all of the tireless and selfless efforts of the True Faithful, your spirit resonates within us all and grows with every passing moment.

    Peace, Rev. George

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  6. Roger Christie responds to Rev. Dennis Shields:
    Part 1

    I take responsibility for a good friendship gone bad.
    Aloha. Thanks for allowing me some cyber-space in the blogosphere to respond to Rev. Dennis Shields' remarks about my morals, ethics, character, motivations and psychology. As someone who does his best to play the 'responsibility game' in this life I must take responsibility for all the criticisms that come my way. Rev. Dennis is allowed his thoughts and feelings in the freedom of speech environment of the internet, as we all are, up to a point. My initial reaction is my standard response: God, that's great! Please show us the blessings in THIS situation ... and hurry! We are safe, we are loved and all is well. (OK, a few things DO need a little work, like this.)
    Dennis and I met and became friends and colleagues because of our mutual interest in Cannabis spirituality and local politics back around 1990. I was fairly new to the island and Dennis had a history of both subjects that I was hungry to learn and experience. Dennis is still one of the more pivotol and memorable people I've met and known on the Cannabis road, and he has been a major influence in my life. For that I sincerely thank you, Dennis.
    My ordainment into the Religion of Jesus Church was a literal blessing upon me and I've used it as a motivation for my life's work, up until now. I intended to be an apostle of Jesus Christ by walking my talk as a healing Minister using Cannabis as the sacrament. Whether I operated out of my backpack, at a booth at the Pahoa Farmer's Market, out of my home, or oceanfront in the Moses Building in Hilo, my mission has been the same; to provide the services and sacraments of our Ministry with others. I like to say that I used 'TLC + THC', Tender Loving Care + TetraHydraCannabinol for happiness and harmony. Our services included counseling, fellowship, weddings, baptisms, funerals, and more. Our sacraments were based on Cannabis hemp, what I've come to know as the 'tree of life'.
    When a friendship goes sour there is usually (always?) an 'incident', a moment that causes it, and I remember the incident that caused our relationship to turn and I remember causing it, although innocently enough. It was during our advocacy for the State's proposed 'medical marijuana' law during, 1999 or 2000. At one point in our extensive lobbying campaign I declined to make any more calls to State Senators for the Bill, in a phone call, with Dennis. I remember Dennis recoiling from that comment and he seemed to take it personally that I would decline this task. We hung-up the phone with a new feeling of separation towards each other that has grown worse over these many years of non-communication.
    I had already worked as a volunteer for the specific cause of 'medical marijuana' for at least eight years that I have proof for. I received a strong and enthusiastic letter from Senator Inouye in 1992 in response to my inquiry of his feelings about 'medical marijuana'. His letter was so positive and encouraging that I copied and disseminated it to virtually every elected official and newspaper in the state, and others, repeatedly. Because of the Senator's stature in local and national politics, I still feel that his early support in writing helped to make the groundswell grow in favor of the controversial proposal. I was following my own inner guidance instead of following Dennis' team effort. My astrology and personality lends itself more to individual than group efforts, so I was just doing what comes naturally to me and meant zero harm to him or anyone.

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  7. Roger Christie responds to Rev. Dennis Shields-Part 2
    When a friendship goes sour there is usually (always?) an 'incident', a moment that causes it, and I remember the incident that caused our relationship to turn and I remember causing it, although innocently enough. It was during our advocacy for the State's proposed 'medical marijuana' law during, 1999 or 2000. At one point in our extensive lobbying campaign I declined to make any more calls to State Senators for the Bill, in a phone call, with Dennis. I remember Dennis recoiling from that comment and he seemed to take it personally that I would decline this task. We hung-up the phone with a new feeling of separation towards each other that has grown worse over these many years of non-communication.
    I had already worked as a volunteer for the specific cause of 'medical marijuana' for at least eight years that I have proof for. I received a strong and enthusiastic letter from Senator Inouye in 1992 in response to my inquiry of his feelings about 'medical marijuana'. His letter was so positive and encouraging that I copied and disseminated it to virtually every elected official and newspaper in the state, and others, repeatedly. Because of the Senator's stature in local and national politics, I still feel that his early support in writing helped to make the groundswell grow in favor of the controversial proposal. I was following my own inner guidance instead of following Dennis' team effort. My astrology and personality lends itself more to individual than group efforts, so I was just doing what comes naturally to me and meant zero harm to him or anyone.



    It was also around this time that I secured a $15,000 grant from a wealthy friend and used it for a scientifically-accurate public opinion poll of registered Hawaii voters because Hawaii has no voter initiative process like other states do. The poll showed that 63% approved of 'medical marijuana'. Ten days after I gave it to (former) Governor Ben Cayetano he came-out publically in favor of a new 'medical marijuana' law. The unique law was passed by the Hawaii State Legislature about six months later, and it was signed into law - co-incidentially - on my birthday, June 15, 2000. I feel good that I did my part in making it happen.
    The only times I remember seeing Dennis Shields since Y2K was at a Hawaii County Council meeting about six years ago, and at the beach park. At a break in the hearing I approached Dennis and reached out to shake his hand in friendship. He reluctantly shook hands with me briefly. Other than that, and confronting me at the beach park, his 'personal experience' of me is virtually non-existant since June of 2000.
    Am I a fraud? Dennis' claim is the only one I've ever heard in my sixty-one years until the D.E.A. made a similar claim this past year. I did the best I could to help end a long and destructive war on people who use Cannabis. I have obviously failed in the eyes of some observers, and succeeded in the eyes of others.
    Am I ego-centric? Maybe. I was well-loved from birth, had a very happy childhood and I have a strong sense of self. I'm an optimist, I'm enthusiastic and I'm generally positive about life. Am I a Minister to help others, or because it makes me feel complete and satisfied to help others? I feel that my life has deep meaning and a high purpose. Is that ego-centric? Is that healthy or unhealthy? You decide.

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  9. Robert Petricci responds to Dennis Shields
    (I've posted this, at his request since he was unable to log in with his account.)

    Dennis, Yours is a personal vendetta that really has no credibility. We also know Roger and find your personal hatred of him has warped your view beyond repair, it seems.
    Roger gave marijuana to plenty of people free and cheaply and if his prices were to high why did the sick and needy form lines to get help from him. Your claims of financial gain are laughable as the Feds used wire taps, GPS, and all manner of surveillance and did not find the imaginary money and profits you are trying to establish. That is the truth and you should take your own advice. Where is the money? You are at best wrong and at worst not being honest about the money. The government lies, has never produced this money, and for you to use them as a basis of your claim is deceptive at best.

    Your comments are stale and you say the same things over and over. We have heard them and disagree. You seem to be obsessed with getting Roger. That is the truth that I see.

    Attacking Roger helps no one, does no good and is not the work of a good man, IMO.

    I hope you find peace

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  10. One day before they sent Roger to the Federal Prison, he gave us the most beautiful day ever.
    He marry us at Kalapana's Black Sand Beach. Actually today I had a dream, that he visited us and he was FREE! It was a happy dream. Roger is a great person and a great friend!

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  12. I would like to share a video of our Kalapana Wedding, performed by Rev. Christie on July 07, 2010 at Kalapana's Black sand beach:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwrE7r7Az84

    Seems like this blog don't accept clickable html codes, so please copy and paste it...

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  13. Is it just a coincidence that there is a chapter in United States Code that is titled "Restoring Religious Freedom"? Also the United States Drug Czar is Required by law to Lie to Congress about the effects of Cannabis. The United States Government is Killing its own people by making this tree of life illegal. How is this a tree of life you may ask? The photosynthesis process is the process in which a plant converts carbon dioxide into oxygen which we all breathe. By keeping this plant illegal the government has taken away the american citizens ability to have a long life. In the past 100 years our Carbon Dioxide levels have increased 30%. Our country is in the process of deforestizing our country. An acre of Cannabis creates 2 times more fiber then an acre of woods. Now lets look at this more in depth. A forest takes 50 years to be ready to be cut for your toilet paper, paper products, lumber for homes, ect. The exact same acre of hemp which yields 2 times more fiber grows in about 10 to 12 weeks. So therefore it must be the goal of the United States Government to kill all of the american citizens by starving their brains for oxygen. Is it a coincidence that the amount of people with mental illness is increasing rapidly every year. As stated by Ron Paul, There are 50,000 products including Hemp oil which cures cancer could be produced given that this harmless plant was taken off the Schedule 1 narcotics list. Is it the goal of the United States to kill its citizens before age 65 so that they don't have to pay their social security benefits? Is it that you can not patent a plant so the government does not see it profitable to their personal pocketbooks? Genesis 1:12 States, "God created All seed bearing plants, herbs, and trees bearing fruit which its seed is in itself, And GOD SEEN IT WAS GOOD" The way I see it is the money that the United States Government produces is in fact a fraud because it says on it "In god we trust" If this was the fact the government would not make something illegal that god seen was good.

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