Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Fong stated federal marijuana laws permit mandatory prison sentences for marijuana offenses if a lot more than 100 cultivated marijuana plants is involved. However, prosecutors could forgo the required sentences, with respect to the suspects’ criminal background and whether or not they cooperate using the analysis. “The highest penalty could be 4 decades imprisonment along with a $5 million fine,” Fong stated.
Fong stated four named within the federal indictment launched Tuesday make their initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Medford.
Michael Reed Peru and John Wayne Manley might be arraigned soon, Fong stated.
“They aren’t being locked in jail at this time – for now,” Fong stated. The males have deep ties towards the Rogue Valley and aren’t thought to become a flight risk just before their trial, Fong stated.
The males are thought to have both possed and grown around 4,000 pounds of pot of excess marijuana at medical gardens in Medford and Central Point this past year, based on a federal affidavit.
The buds from all of these plants were along the way of drying out when Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided the farms on Dark Hollow, East Gregory and Table Rock streets in October, the affidavit states.
“A few of these plants created a lot more than ten pounds of bud,” Fong stated.
Or Medicinal Marijuana Program recommendations allow an authorized grower to create six mature plants one foot or taller per patient, for approximately four patients.
There’s no limit to the amount of farmers per site. But all of the marijuana created must fit in with the patients, who are able to possess only one a .5 pound of smokable buds .