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Federal trial of medical marijuana growers begins in Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Trial began Wednesday in federal court in Spokane for a group of people accused of growing marijuana near Kettle Falls in northeast Washington.

The group claims it was medical marijuana. The case is seen as a test of federal drug law in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana.

The group was originally known as the Kettle Falls Five, but now there are only three defendants. The charge against a 71-year-old cancer patient was dropped. The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1LIukEn ) another defendant made a plea deal and agreed to testify against the others.

Prosecutors said the five were growing 100 plants that would have produced more marijuana than they smoked.

A defense lawyer told jurors it was a case of overzealous prosecution against a rural family.

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3 comments

    • Joe

      “Secession and nullification, the breaking up of government, and the good news is it’s gonna happen. It’s happening,” The Debt, oppression and lack of border protection is corroding the USA right now.

  • dragontat2

    100 plants, of what size? Were some of the patients using raw juicing as a method of treatment? That alone takes several small to medium plants per week. To make a 30-60 day supply of cannabis oil, as used for cancer treatments, requires at least a full pound of dried and cured cannabis buds. Even a large plant may yield only four ounces of the proper cannabis buds required for an effective medicine.
    If the man with cancer was allowed the Maximum 45 plant limit, if ordered by the physician, that would leave 55 plants among the remaining four. At a standard 15 plant limit per medical prescription holder, it appears that they could have actually had an additional five plants, as 15 x 4 totals 60.

    OTOH, there is that pesky Schedule 1 getting in everyone’s way. Again. Soon, that will be addressed.
    “In a packed courtroom, Judge Mueller heard final arguments on the defense’s motion challenging the constitutionality of the federal classification of marijuana as an illegal Schedule I controlled substance. The judge did not rule on the motion, stating that she would do so as soon as she can and within the next 30 days.” http://edca.typepad.com/eastern_district_of_calif/2015/02/schweder-marijuana-hearing-concludes-ruling-expected-within-30-days.html