Ninth Circuit Judge Rules That Feds Still Can’t Prosecute California Medical Cannabis Growers – News

A federal judge has put a stop to the prosecution of two Northern California cannabis growers, in the first known ruling where the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment has protected state-legal cannabis growers. In 2014, Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and grow marijuana in Humboldt County. The two men would have faced up to three years in prison on these federal charges, but U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg suspended further proceedings in the case this week.

The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which was first attached to the Justice Department budget in 2014 and has been approved every year since, prevents the federal government from spending money to interfere with any state-legal medical marijuana operations. Last August, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that this amendment prevented federal prosecution of anyone complying with their state’s medical marijuana laws.

In his ruling, Judge Seeborg said that the evidence shows that the two men “strictly complied with all relevant conditions imposed by California law.” Pisarksi’s attorney, Ronald Richards, said that the defendants will attempt to withdraw their guilty pleas….

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