The so called Pot Preacher could be out of jail in the next few weeks. Roger Christie was sentenced to five years in jail on drug charges. It was part of a plea deal he made last year. Christie admitted to drug trafficking, and failing to file tax returns.
He has already served most of that and is expected to be released soon.
His wife, Sherryanne Christie was sentenced to 27 months. That was on the high end of the recommended sentence. She pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of marijuana. She has been out on bail and will remain free while her lawyer appeals the case.
The Christies ran the THC ministry in Hilo. They provided marijuana in exchange for donations. The government's attorney called the church a front for a drug operation.
The ministry could reopen when Roger Christie gets out but he will have regular drug tests and can't be around people using marijuana.