September 4th, 2014
01:27 PM ET

The Price of Pot: "Kettle Falls Five" face charges in state where marijuana is legal

As Washington's legal pot business booms, some people in the state are facing federal drug charges for growing marijuana.

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Five people in Kettle Falls, Washington may be facing 10 years in prison for conspiring to grow and sell marijuana. The five claim they were using it for medical reasons.

Should marijuana use be legal?

But if pot is legal, why won't the federal prosecutors drop the charges? Does the punishment fit the crime?

CNN's David Mattingly has the story.

Medical marijuana users caught in state-federal conflict

Filed under: Marijuana • News • The Price of Pot
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    I don't understand how in the same city where they are being prosecuted you can walk into a store and buy a joint just like it was a beer. Or how in NY they lowered the consequences for getting caught with 25 grams or less. That's saying to the public hey don't do this it's illegal but ehhhh I guess we wont get to mad but don't do it because it is illegal. Sound's like some toddlers are making up things as they go...

    I would like to see our 33 million dollars that it would cost to imprison these citizens go to something worth while like the reform of the judicial structure...

    November 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  2. Name*Phil West

    They are sacrificial lambs for the fight of states vs. Feds.

    November 10, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  3. J.

    -Oops. (In Canada there is no marijuana at all; we're all good girls and boys; not one person has the bad weed.)

    November 10, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  4. sonny

    Frickin appalling!! With all the crazy carnage going on in our country, do we really need to spend time, money & resources to prosecute people for God made medicine? Really?!?!! So wrong in so many ways!!

    September 6, 2014 at 1:39 am | Reply
  5. Wheat*Thin

    Absolutely not. The only reason why they are being charged, is because the federal government thinks it's being cheated out of money. They want to put a choke on it, so when there is money involved, they can claim it without anybody else questioning. Cannabis should be legal Globally, no matter the others religious/personal beliefs. Yes, close up the borders, so we can prevent the cartels from migrating here, but by all means, let us people life our life the way we want to life it.

    September 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  6. Saul Meshach

    They are not the only ones. I am a medical cannabis dispensary owner being prosecuted for growing medical marijuana while I had a business license and was paying taxes. I am also a minority and the 3 people who were growing were not charged just me. s And this is after the police stole $1400 cash from the scene and confessed. Story is on my blog located here.

    September 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  7. Auntie BS

    Didn't Obama promise not to prosecute people who are in compliance with states' cannabis laws?

    September 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply

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