SPOKANE, Wash. -- Medical marijuana growers who were shut down this week are hoping to get their doors back open.
Supporters of the Spokane Cannabis Market said they’re trying to provide an affordable source of marijuana to patients but the U.S. Attorney’s office has informed the landlord they’re breaking federal law.
The market’s attorney said Federal Prosecutors are focusing on the wrong issue.
“It seems to me to be a waste of priorities and a waste of funds to be persecuting people for possessing, growing, or distributing marijuana in reasonable amounts given the laws of the state of Washington,” said Attorney Pat Stilley.
A letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the landlord could lose their property, be fined up to $500,000 and face a 20 year prison sentence.
Market organizers said they’re following state law on medical marijuana but the attorney’s office said they’re enforcing federal law.
Organizers of the market said federal prosecutors in Western Washington are allowing several markets like this to operate.