The Federal Government Wants Those Eastern Washington Medical Marijuana Growers in Jail Right Now

Heidi Groover, The Stranger

In a federal courtroom last week, onlookers were silent as a court clerk read a verdict that almost entirely exonerated an Eastern Washington family—the "Kettle Falls Five"—that was facing 10 years in prison for growing marijuana they said was simply for personal, medical use. But the crowd of friends and activists couldn't stay quiet any longer when a federal prosecutor asked the court to detain one of the defendants until her sentencing, scheduled for three months later. A few people gasped. One whispered, "Are you kidding me?"