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California: Court Blocks Federal Prosecution of Cannabis Farmers
Author: restore  11/08/2017 - 02:43:00

By Michael Bachara 
Hemp News 

On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court blocked federal prosecutors from moving forward with a conspiracy case against a duo of Northern California cannabis cultivators because the pair was determined to be complying with California medical cannabis laws. 

Sonny Moore and Anthony Pisarski, both Humboldt County farmers, plead guilty to federal allegations but sought an evidentiary hearing based on legislation that prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from cracking down on cannabis suspects who are otherwise following their state laws. 

The 2014 Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is a budget rider, co-authored by California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher which prevents enforcement and prosecution in medical cannabis states by halting federal funding for such projects. 

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg stayed the prosecution, so the case is closed unless the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment expires and fails to be re-enacted and federal prosecutors want to resume their case. 

Ronald Richards, the defendants' attorney, said: "This is the first time in my 23-year career I've had a case stopped because of an appropriations rider."

"What the court did in this case may be used as a blueprint for other cases," Richards added. "It opens the door for people not to get scared."

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Original article from crrh.org:California: Court Blocks Federal Prosecution of Cannabis Farmers


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