2 people indicted on commercial promotion of marijuana

KAILUA-KONA — A man originally charged with commercial promotion of marijuana last November was indicted by Kona Grand Jury on Friday.

The indictment filed in 3rd Circuit Court states Vincent W. Parker possessed two pounds or more of marijuana as well as possession or cultivation of 100 or more plants in the Kona area on Nov. 28, 2018.


Parker was officially charged with first-degree commercial promotion of marijuana and second-degree commercial promotion of marijuana.

Third Circuit Court Judge Melvin Fujino ordered a bench warrant Friday. According to court minutes, the defendant may be released on supervised release after arrest.

Parker was originally charged in District Court on two counts of second-degree commercial promotion of marijuana at the time of the incident in November.

On Jan. 31, Parker was present for a preliminary hearing in the case, however, the prosecution was not ready to proceed as their witness was not present. As a result, the prosecution requested discharge of charges, which was granted by Judge Margaret Masunaga.

Also in a separate indictment Friday, the grand jury charged a woman with commercial promotion.

According to the court document, Heidi Sierra Campbell was found in possession of 100 or more marijuana plants in the Ka‘u area on Feb. 13, 2018.


She was also charged with first-degree commercial promotion of marijuana.

According to court minutes, a bench warrant was ordered, however, the defendant may be released on supervised release after her arrest.

  1. Contrarian February 19, 2019 7:22 am

    Oh jeez, decriminalize it already and raise millions if tax dollars greatly needed to recruit and retain K-12 teachers. It has worked well in WA state and CO.

    1. KonaDude February 19, 2019 10:09 am

      Teachers in Colorado are on strike, so it must not be working(.Y.)

      1. Contrarian February 19, 2019 12:11 pm

        Yeah, right. Great way to throw away the possibility of millions of dollars just in case there’s a strike. So short sighted! They could strike anyway!

        1. KonaDude February 20, 2019 8:15 am

          No I’m just saying the millions in tax dollars from marijuana sales does not seem to have solved the problem in Colorado, so I doubt it will solve them here. (.Y.)

  2. Sara Steiner-jackson February 19, 2019 8:34 am

    Police raking up matching federal funds for pot crimes. They don’t care about murder, rape kits or that your Toyota has been stolen 5 times… Police do not get matching funds for violent or property crimes, THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT WEED AND IT SHOWS BABY!!

  3. metalman808 February 19, 2019 6:45 pm

    Good way to pay for the retirement fund. Green is green in every direction set the farmers free

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