HONOLULU (AP) — The founder of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry is pleading guilty to running a marijuana ring but is reserving the right to appeal his case on religious grounds.
Roger Christie of Hilo entered his plea in federal court in Honolulu Friday after spending three years in detention awaiting trial.
Christie pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess 284 marijuana plants. This count carries a minimum of sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison.
He also pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to file a tax return.
Christie’s attorney Thomas Otake believes he could be released in six months with credit for time served.
Christie’s wife, Sherryanne Christie, pleaded guilty to one count of the same charge.