A federal case that could seriously impact Washington's new marijuana industry will be decided in Spokane as five people face decades in prison for growing medical pot on a remote property near Colville.
The defendants claim they were abiding by state law and only growing for themselves. However, the case is in federal court and under its laws marijuana is completely illegal.
Many pot advocates worry if federal agents are going after medical marijuana patients, that the state licensed grows and pot shops could be next.
"We were growing a few pot plants up there just for our own consumption and along comes the law," defendant Larry Harvey said.
The medical marijuana grow of 74 plants was raided in August of 2012 at Harvey's home. Larry, his wife and three others face five marijuana related charges and a weapons charge. They are now called the 'Kettle Falls Five.'
If all of them were growing cannabis individually, the 74 plants would be considered legal in Washington.