The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver has asked a federal judge to dismiss a contempt charge against agents who seized marijuana from a Colorado man who had state permission to smoke it for medical purposes, the Denver Post says. The U.S. says the agents were following federal law, which treats marijuana as contraband. Colorado law allows authorized medical patients to possess up to 2 ounces of loose marijuana and three live plants. The state allows about 300 patients to smoke marijuana.
Nine members of the “Gramnet” drug task force–one federal and eight deputized state agents– entered the apartment of Don Nord, 57, of Hayden, Colo., on Oct. 14 armed with a state search warrant to confiscate his marijuana. They confiscated six plants, 5 ounces of loose marijuana, a pipe, growing equipment, extension cords and Nord’s Medical Marijuana Registry card. No charges were filed, and a state judge ordered the property returned.