Hawaii’s pot-copters grounded

Hawaii’s Operation Green Harvest helicopter marijuana eradication program was forced to return a $265,000 federal DEA grant because of political pressure.
Activist Roger Christie launched impeachment proceedings against County Councillors last year, alleging the officials were guilty of “malfeasance” for not conducting a mandatory review of the eradication program. Although the case was eventually dismissed, city officials were forced to pay their own legal fees.

It was the threat of renewed impeachment proceedings and the subsequent personal legal fees that forced council members to return the federal funds. Returning the money will not completely stop the eradication program, but it will greatly reduce the number of missions and plants seized.

Christie also has an ongoing federal court suit against the county for his 1991 arrest for felony promotion of marijuana, for importing 25 pounds of sterile hemp seeds from China.