HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss felony charges against Rev. Roger Christie, an advocate for the religious use of marijuana.
Christie was arrested in 2010 on three counts of conspiracy and growing and possessing 284 marijuana plants.
He’s been in federal prison since then and has been denied bail.
The Big Island resident is founder of The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry, which preaches that cannabis is a sacrament.
The Hawaii Senate is considering resolutions urging the court to let Christie free until his trial.
Sen. Russell Ruderman from the Big Island has said it is absurd that Christie has been held for so long.
He has described the minister as “possibly the most peaceful person I’ve ever known.”