Feds drop charges for massive Whitman Co. pot operation

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 6:40 PM

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Federal drug authorities have dropped charges against a man who was arrested for operating a massive marijuana grow west of Pullman.

William Dougherty, III, was arrested on September 6th by federal authorities after a year long investigation that ended in a raid and seizure of massive pot plants.

Dougherty was put into custody, but released shortly after was released without bail. Local authorities learned it was because the DEA declined charges and asked Whitman County to take the case to the state level.

The federal government announced in late August that it would update guidelines on what they would prosecute. They said they want to go after the most significant threats such as preventing the sale to minors and keeping legal pot within state boundaries.

Local authorities said that the amount of marijuana seized was well above what is legal for either recreational or medicinal use.

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