Big Island marijuana advocate to remain behind bars

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The founder of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry will remain behind bars until his trial on federal marijuana charges. On Friday, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld rulings in US District Court in Honolulu that Roger Christie should be held without bail. His trial is set for September 8.

US District Judge Alan Kay ruled July 16 that the 61-year-old Christie should not be released on bail or to a halfway house because he is a danger to the community. The ruling was a rejection of Christie's appeal of an earlier no-bail ruling by Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang.

Christie and 13 others were arrested July 8. Federal prosecutors allege Christie led a major marijuana growing, processing and distribution ring.

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