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Hilo pot minister expects to be released soon



HILO, Hawaii (AP) The defense attorney for a Hilo marijuana advocate says he expects his client to be released in about six months. 
 
Hawaii Cannabis Ministry founder Roger Christie has been jailed for more than three years in a federal marijuana distribution case. He's expected to withdraw his not guilty plea Friday in a deal with prosecutors. 
 
Defense attorney Thomas Otake declined to detail specifics of the deal. 
 
Christie says in an email to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald he and his wife Share Christie aren't "frightened." His wife is also scheduled to change her plea. 
 
A federal grand jury indicted the Christies and 12 others on marijuana trafficking counts. Most of the others have pleaded guilty to marijuana charges and await sentencing. 
 
A judge denied Christie's motion to use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

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