Questions continue to swirl around a controversial federal raid of a large medical marijuana farm on Old Stage Road earlier this week.
About 30 law enforcement officials with various federal, state and local agencies served a warrant at the property Tuesday morning. The site is a large cooperative medical marijuana garden, where a handful of providers grow for people with marijuana cards.
Law enforcement officers chopped down more than 300 plants from the grow site and hauled them away in dump trucks. The growers contend that they were within the limits imposed upon them by Oregon's medical marijuana laws.
No charges have been filed in the case, though it remains under investigation, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Fong.
"There is no new information in this case," Fong said. "A federal investigation is continuing."
The raid seemed to conform to guidance offered in U.S. Department of Justice memos directing federal agents to enforce federal drug laws, even in states that have legalized medical marijuana.
A June 29 memo signed by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole clarifying guidance for federal agents over raids in states with medical marijuana laws says they should not waste their time on individuals such as cancer patients using medical marijuana, but that "prosecution of significant traffickers of illegal drugs, including marijuana, remains a core priority."