Open Letter to Hon. MICHAEL B. SHAPIRO, FLORENCE T. NAKAKUNI! and MICHAEL K. KAWAHARA REGARDING THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE REVEREND ROGER CHRISTIE:
Our freedom to farm " every herb bearing seed" is the first test of religious freedom. The imprisonment of Reverend Roger Christie, AND REFUSAL OF BAIL, is clearly a threat to national security.
Roger's incarceration insults historical sacrifice and retards the evolution of respect for the ancient Cannabis culture, which is essential for resolving compounding crises we are facing in the 21st Century. While it is true that the failure to act in defense of national security is a crime known as "misprision of treason" perhaps the best way to effect Roger's release is to simply ask politely...
Please, effect the Release of Reverend Roger Christie immediately. Roger is not a threat to his community. Reverend Christie is in fact of enormous value and benefit to the people of the Big Island and the world. When people learn what you have done, the punishment for your actions will be severe. It is no small thing to take away the freedom of a champion of freedom. The work of the Hawaiian THC Ministry, in teaching spiritual regard for 'marijuana,' is helping to balance abuse of hard drugs and alcohol in Hawaii. You must know this.
The world is quickly growing into realization of the true value of the Cannabis plant. If you don't know what that is by now, in observing the activities of Roger Christie, then it can be concluded that you are not qualified to serve the best interests of the people of Hawaii, and will be asked to step down from your position of responsibility in the very near future.
for peace, with Aloha,
Paul J. von Hartmann California
Cannabis Ministry Project PEACE