Small Calif. town planned giant medical pot farm

June 28, 2011 - 11:15 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A grand jury says the lure of easy money led a cash-strapped California town to approve a giant medical marijuana farm.

A Sacramento County grand jury report on Monday condemned leaders of Isleton for ignoring federal law and approving plans to build six pot-growing greenhouses on the outskirts of the town of 800.

The Delta Allied Growers medical marijuana collective approached Isleton a year ago with plans for the pot farm.

According to the grand jury report, the city was promised up to $600,000 the first year of the farm's operation.

The report questioned the actions of City Manager Bruce Pope and other officials. Pope told the Sacramento Bee officials did nothing wrong.

The project was scrapped after local and federal prosecutors sent a letter warning that it was illegal.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com