NEAR RUCH, Ore. – Federal agents raided a large medical marijuana farm outside Jacksonville on Tuesday morning. The local community saw the raids on pot farms last year, now it seems they are starting again.
The High Hopes Farm near Ruch grew medical marijuana for about 200 patients, with multiple plants for each of those people. On Tuesday, federal agents descended on the property and hauled those drugs away.
Beginning around 9 a.m., DEA agents hauled truckloads of marijuana from the farm off Upper Applegate Road. The federal authorities would only say they were serving a drug search warrant for multiple addresses on the property and they did not allow NewsWatch12 cameras on the farm.
Workers of the High Hopes Farm said agents were chopping down the marijuana plants and detaining people. Federal agents raided several medical marijuana grows in Southern Oregon last year, even though the grows said they were in compliance with state law, marijuana is illegal under federal law. Advocates of medical marijuana at the scene of the raid on Tuesday said it is depriving people of medicine.
Newswatch12 spoke with the owner of the High Hopes Farm twice last year, including when local representatives toured the grow. Owner James Bowman said at the time he wanted the grow to be in compliance with state law, and hoped it would be a model if the state legalized the drug. Authorities are not saying if anyone was arrested or how many plants were seized.