Humboldt County Pot Farm Has Federal Drug-Selling Charges Dropped in Landmark Ruling

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Federal agents seize marijuana plants during a raid of a medical marijuana club June 22, 2005 in San Franciso (Credit: by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Federal agents seize marijuana plants during a raid of a medical marijuana club June 22, 2005 in San Franciso (Credit: by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

When agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided a remote farm in Humboldt County five years ago, they found plenty to incriminate the owners, Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore.

More than 300 marijuana plants were growing in a pair of greenhouses. Agents found guns in a house on the sprawling property and about $225,000 in cash, much of it bundled in vacuum-sealed pouches, hidden in a garage and some pickup trucks. Later searches uncovered another large stash of cash, along with bars of gold and silver.

Pisarski and Moore ultimately pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiring to manufacture and sell marijuana.

Federal agents seize marijuana plants during a raid of a medical marijuana club June 22, 2005 in San Franciso (Credit: by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Federal agents seize marijuana plants during a raid on June 22, 2005, in San Franciso. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

But in a ruling believed to be the first of its kind, a judge last week put a stop to the case before the men were sentenced to prison. The judge found he had no choice but to call off prosecutors in light of an unusual budget rule in Congress that forbids federal law enforcement from interfering with states where medical marijuana is legal.

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