HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Jurors are set to hear closing arguments in the trial of a former medical marijuana provider whose operation was among those raided in a 2011 federal crackdown.
They will then deliberate the drug trafficking case of Chris Williams Thursday in U.S. District Court in Helena.
Williams is charged with marijuana manufacture, possession, distribution and firearms charges. He took the stand on Wednesday, but he was barred by a court order from telling jurors that he believed he was following the state's medical marijuana law in running Montana Cannabis with three co-owners.
Williams' attorney has filed an objection to U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen's prohibition from saying federal officials entrapped Williams with conflicting statements on medical marijuana. That sets up an appeal before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.