Grower of Pot Bust Speaks Out

September 28, 2011

By Sharon Ko

GOLD HILL, Ore. — After federal agents raided a Southern Oregon home taking away truck-fulls of marijuana plants the grower is speaking out.

James Anderson says he doesn’t know why agents seized his property if it was legal. James Anderson says he has a medical marijuana card and the other growers that had plants on the property did as well. He says Drug Enforcement Administration agents aren’t talking giving him no explanations.

Yesterday, Anderson was issued this search warrant but the address isn’t even his residence. Anderson says the agents stripped him not only of his plants, but his cell-phone and computer. Anderson confirms that he was detained but was never arrested. He says he’s left confused and shocked.

“They told us either leave the premise or stay hand-cuffed. We already had been hand-cuffed for six and half hours and we were more than happy to go and sit at the end of the road and watch truck-fulls of patient’s medicine pass by,” Anderson says.

Hemp and Cannabis Foundation spokeswoman says as long as growers follow state guidelines, the federal government cannot get involved.

NewsWatch12 spoke to DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to get an explanation, but was left in the dark. They’re not telling us any more information except that a search warrant was issued. The Sheriff’s Department and MADGE say they have no comments.