After prohibiting medical marijuana for more than two decades, the Southern California town of La Mesa has recently become the site of an unexpected cannabis boom.
In 1986, when Sessions had been nominated to be a federal judge, a former assistant U.S. attorney accused him of saying that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was acceptable until he found out members smoked marijuana. Sessions allegedly made the statement in connection with the prosecution of a Klan member who had hanged a black man.
“Jeff Sessions should scare every regulator, government official, cannabis industry operator, patient and consumer across the country,” said John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who writes extensively on marijuana policy.
An Attorney General Sessions could reverse the federal guidance allowing state marijuana programs “with the stroke of a pen,” Hudak said.
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Roger Christie (born June 15, 1949) is an ordained minister in the Religion of Jesus Church, which regards marijuana as a “sacramental herb.”  In 2000, he founded the THC Ministry, which offered cannabis as a part of its services. On July 8, 2010, Christie and 13 other individuals associated with the THC Ministry were indicted by a Federal grand jury in Honolulu on Marijuana possession and trafficking charges. On Sept. 27, 2013, Christie pleaded guilty to marijuana trafficking and two counts of failing to file income tax returns. On April 28, 2014, Christie was sentenced to a term of five years in federal prison, with credit for time already served at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center.
Case: 14-10234, 06/28/2016, ID: 10032132, DktEntry: 48, Page 1 of 62
C.A. NO. 14-10234
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee-Respondent v.
ROGER CHRISTIE, Defendant-Appellant-Petitioner
PETITION FOR REHEARING EN BANC
Circuit Judges Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, Richard C. Tallman, Milan D. Smith Jr. United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT-PETITIONER’S PETITION FOR REHEARING EN BANC
THOMAS M. OTAKE
345 Queen Street, Suite 600 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Telephone: (808) 523-3325 Facsimile: (808) 599-1645
Attorney for Defendant-Appellant-Petitioner ROGER CHRISTIE