CA: Mendocino Moves To Stop Medical Marijuana Subpoena

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    Daily Democrat | 12.25.2013


    UKIAH - Mendocino County officials are trying to quash a federal grand jury subpoena seeking records about a county program that issued permits to medical marijuana growers.


    A motion filed Friday argues that that the information being sought represents an improper intrusion into local government affairs. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports.


    "The motion is based on the grounds that the scope of the subpoenas is overbroad and burdensome," County Counsel Tom Parker said.


    The county is facing a Jan. 8 deadline to comply with the grand jury's order that it hand over all of its records about the now-canceled program that allowed certain marijuana cultivators to grow as many as 99 plants if they agreed to regular inspections.


    The information being sought includes inspection records, permit applications, and financial information from the program, which generating more than $1 million in fees for the county before it was canceled, the Daily Journal said. The county permitted 91 medical marijuana growing collectives in 2011, the newspaper said.


    Mendocino supervisors ended the nearly two-year-old program in January after the U.S. attorney's office threatened legal action. Marijuana remains illegal in all forms under federal law.


    A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, whose office is overseeing the grand jury's work, could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

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