A federal judge ruled against law enforcement in a Spokane case, prohibiting prosecutors from using evidence gathered sized during a sheriff's raid, The Spokesman-Review reports.
Attorney Richard Wall, who represents a man charged by a federal grand jury on drug charges, moved the evidence against him be suppressed because law enforcement did not take into consideration Washington state's new medical marijuana laws when obtaining the warrant.
Wall said, "In this case they simply just did what they'd always done."
Current medical marijuana laws in Washington allows the cultivation and distribution of marijuana if its in compliance of those laws.
Law enforcement, predictably, claims the ruling will tie their hands when they need to investigate drug cases. An anonymous "drug detective" said the difficulty of establishing whether or not a suspect was following medical marijuana laws would hamper their pot investigations.