MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Workers at an Oregon marijuana garden raided by local and federal authorities say their operation was legitimate and that none of the pot found its way to the black market.
Tony Machado said the people growing at the marijuana garden near Central Point, Ore., were using the plants as medicine and stayed within Oregon's limit of growing six plants per patient, the Medford Mail Tribune reported.
"A lot of us felt it was not even necessary to grow as much as we are allowed by state law," Machado said. "The people who grew here and the patients were only interested in using this as medicine."
The government says marijuana from Oregon providers is going on the black market, sometimes depriving people with state cards that allow them to use it for pain relief and other medical reasons.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents took at least four dump trucks of marijuana from the property last week. The site had more than 22 providers who grew for about 80 patients.
Machado said some of his patients are at a loss as to what to do now.
"Basically, they have to hope other patients will donate medicine to them free of charge," Machado said. "It's too late to grow medicine for them now. The season is nearly over. We were getting close to harvest."
The latest raid follows another in Gold Hill in which 400 plants were seized.
Both towns are in Jackson County, which has the second-largest number of medical marijuana cardholders in Oregon. Multnomah County, with Portland, is first.
Machado said the raid will not deter him from growing medical marijuana in the future.
"I'm going to grow again as soon as possible," he said. "I don't know if it will be indoors, in a greenhouse, but I'm going to grow medicine soon."
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The Drug Enforcement Agency removes marijuana plants from Brian's Green Thumb Farm 300 block of East Gregory Road in Central Point, Ore., Wednesday Oct. 5, 2011. The property belongs to Brian Simmons, who is a medical marijuana provider. (AP Photo/Mail Tribune, Bob Pennell)
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