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HILO - Big Island lawyer and Teen Court judge Cynthia Linet smoked marijuana every night for six months during her chemotherapy treatments for cancer in 1998, she told members of the County Council Tuesday in testimony opposing the marijuana eradication program. 

Linet was among 14 people who testified against "Green Harvest" which is funded by at least $500,000 annually in state and federal grants.  Councilmembers won't address the program's funding until March, when they begin work on the budget.  However, residents offered testimony at the Finance Committee meeting Tuesday when an October marijuana eradication report from the police chief was taken up.

That report revealed 2,012 marijuana plants were seized during an Oct.  21 - 23 mission in East Hawaii, and an Oct.  28 - 30 mission in West Hawaii.  In the South Kona area alone, 411 plants, including 200 seedling plants in Alae, were seized, according to the report. 

At Tuesday's hearing, Linet said she is not an advocate of teenagers smoking marijuana, but noted some adults might prefer "a hit on a pipe" to "a martini." She said she used marijuana to combat non-Hodgkins lymphoma and, not becoming addicted to the "benign drug," she quit when her chemotherapy treatment was over.  At first, she said, she was discreet about her marijuana use but then "came out of the closet," telling prosecutors they should charge her with possession and use of the drug.  She said they declined.

"I believe you may be getting a distorted picture of who the users are.  They are your neighbors and they may be some of you," Linet told councilmembers. 

She said users are "little old ladies" who smoke in the afternoons and evenings, artists, musicians and "religious people who see God" when they smoke. 

"Most important, they are citizens in your community," she said. 

She said many users are professionals, "solid citizens" who do not testify publicly about their marijuana use "for fear of reprisals."

She suggested the county's "scarce resources" should be directed toward the combat of " 'ice' ( crystal methamphetamine ) and crack."

Tuesday's testimonials also included such regulars as marijuana advocate and perennial political candidate Aaron Anderson and Roger Christie, founder of Hawaii Cannabis Ministry, which claims 18,000 members. 

Christie called for a moratorium on the marijuana eradication program and suggested a lawsuit against councilmembers if they did not call for one by the onset of the new year.

Christie also asked for a resolution demanding police on their missions fly over areas where less than 25 plants are growing.  He reasoned that having between one and 25 plants is a misdemeanor violation. 

Anderson told of requests for a "mandatory program review that our ( County ) Charter promises us, guarantees us" which councilmembers have "waffled on" for years.  He also suggested a lawsuit, specifically to impeach councilmembers and possibly the mayor and the prosecutor, if the council does not initiate the program review. 

Finance Committee Chairman Aaron Chung again suggested a workshop allowing residents to discuss with police how the marijuana eradication program affects their lives.

He said he wanted to wait to arrange the workshop until after a new police chief was selected. 

Police Chief Lawrence Mahuna did not attend Tuesday's meeting because he was attending his formal swearing-in ceremony at the Hilo police station. 

Final Report
Marijuana Eradication =
Meth Epidemic

The Malfeasance of Hawai'i County 
The Hawaii County Charter IMPEACHMENT (page 26)
Section 12-2.1 Impeachment of elected officers.

Past Success
Impeachment petition protected by the constitution P- July 14, 1999
1999 Petition for Impeachment

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