Charged with promotion of a detrimental drug, marijuana, and two counts of paraphernalia, Rastafarian minister Rev. Nancy Harris was in court again on Tuesday.
Harris is a part of the Sacred Truth Mission, whose church is located in Puna’s Hawaiian Acres. Harris reportedly took responsibility for 124 pakalolo plants that Hawaii County Police discovered there in 2007.
Harris is a medical marijuana patient registered with the Department of Public Safety, which only permits her to have seven plants and one ounce of dried marijuana.
Surrounded by supporters and fellow worshippers who say they use cannabis as a part of their religious ritual, Harris was joined in hopeful prayer before going before Judge Glenn Hara, a common practice before her court proceedings.
On Tuesday, Harris’ attorney Gary Zamber filed a motion to dismiss (based on violation of constitutional rights, according to Harris)
Judge Hara postponed his ruling because he found the both legal briefs submitted to the court by Zamber and the prosecution to be technically unsatisfactory.