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Sep 22, 2010 7:46 PM by Greg Boyce

Judge rules Colorado pot laws don't protect from federal prosection

DENVER (AP) - A pot grower won't be allowed to use Colorado's medical marijuana law to fend off federal drug charges.  Wednesday's decision by U.S. District Judge Philip A. Brimmer means that Christopher Bartkowicz faces a possible life sentence on federal marijuana cultivation charges.

Brimmer said that suggestions by the White House that the U.S. government wouldn't pursue pot cases in states that allow medical marijuana cannot be used as a defense on federal drug charges.

Bartkowicz's suburban Denver home was raided by federal agents in February after he showed off his basement pot business to a television news reporter.  The judge also rejected Bartkowicz's arguments that he was singled out unfairly because he talked to a reporter.

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