US attorney says raids target outlaw pot growers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall has told medical marijuana advocates the federal government isn't pursing patients in Oregon's medical pot program, but it is going after traffickers who exploit it.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/XsbmgN) she met Wednesday with an advisory panel to the state program, and one advocate asked her how medical marijuana patients can get medicine after the federal government has stolen it.

Federal agents have raided 15 large-scale medical marijuana growing sites in the region since 2010.

Marshall says Southern Oregon has become a magnet for people who use the medical marijuana program as a cover for illegal trafficking. And she says, that brings along other hallmarks of trafficking, such as illegal weapons and tax evasion.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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