Feds raid medical marijuana farm used by hundreds for medicine

Feds raid medical marijuana farm used by hundreds for medicine

EUGENE, Ore. - Nan Norris sometimes feels a lot of pain. "I have arthritis, I have Fibromyalgia," she said.

She smokes medical marijuana instead of taking pills to ease her pain. "I don't like Codeine or the other pills that they give you," she said

So Norris puffs away on the pipe. "It helps me sleep, it helps with muscle spasms and muscle cramps."
    
She's been using marijuana to treat medical conditions, including early symptoms of glaucoma, for years.
    
Last year, she signed up to get her supply from the High Hopes Farm in Jackson County.

It's run by James Bowman, a well-known figure in the medical marijuana community, according to Norris.

"He came in to sign up some patients and I was lucky enough to get on his list, that was last year," she said.

According to her, each patient who is signed up with the farm has an individual grow.

"Last fall we had a fine harvest and I got my medicine like I was supposed to," she said. "Hundreds of people depend on him and their operation."

But on Tuesday, that farm was raided by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, leaving her medicine and others in limbo.

"Hundreds of us will be affected by this," she said.

She said High Hopes is one of the biggest suppliers in the state, helping more than 100 patients.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Portland declined an interview on the case but did release a statement:

"On September 18, 2012, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration executed federal search warrants at the High Hopes Farm, 700 Upper Applegate Road, Jacksonville, Oregon, and several related locations as part of an investigation of the  illegal manufacture and distribution of marijuana.  Because the investigation is pending, there will be no further comment."

For now Norris said the waiting game for medicine continues as her supply runs out.

"Unless I can find an indoor grower, it's really too late in the year for signing up anywhere and I'll have to wait till next year."

The Americans for Safe Access will be holding a rally at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene to protest recent medical marijuana raids.

It will be outside the Federal Courthouse at noon on Thursday, September 20.