U.S. Justice Department Admits Prosecution of Washington Medical Cannabis Growers Is Illegal – News

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Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have finally admitted that they were in the wrong to pursue federal charges against five Washington state residents who were legally growing cannabis under the state’s medical marijuana law. The DOJ has been prohibited from spending money to prosecute state-legal medical cannabis patients and providers for the past several years thanks to the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which was added to an Obama-era spending bill in 2014.

In 2012, Washington police raided the home of Larry Harvey after discovering more than 70 cannabis plants being grown nearby. Harvey, along with three family members and a friend, were charged with distribution of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and a violation of firearm laws. The five defendants, who became known in the press as the Kettle Falls Five, maintained that their cannabis grow was fully compliant with the state’s medical cannabis laws, which were enacted in 1998.

Larry Harvey died from cancer in 2015, but his 59-year-old wife, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for illegally growing cannabis. Her son, Rolland…

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