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Feds drop prosecution in Washington medical marijuana case

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Justice Department has dropped its case against a 70-year-old man charged in a northeastern Washington marijuana grow after he was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Larry Harvey faced federal charges - as did his wife, two other relatives and a family friend - after they were caught growing about 70 pot plants two years ago. Harvey said he used the marijuana for medical reasons.

The government dropped its charges against Harvey on Wednesday, citing his serious illness, but the charges remain against the others.

The case outraged medical marijuana advocates because the defendants faced at least 10 years. Harvey had no criminal history, but there were guns in the home, which is part of the reason for the possible long prison term.

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