Trial opens window on medical marijuana dark side

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A drug trial in Grants Pass opens a window onto the dark side of medical marijuana.

The prosecution's star witness testified Thursday that large growers regularly use the cover of providing medicine for patients to pile up hundreds of pounds of illegal weed they can sell for big money on the black market.

Thomas Bledko turned state's evidence in the trial of Brenda Thomas, the manager of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation clinic in Grants Pass. She faces charges of possessing and manufacturing marijuana.

Bledko said another grower introduced him to Thomas, and he moved onto her property to oversee growing 72 marijuana plants.

He said he expected to make $200,000 after giving Thomas and 13 medical marijuana patients their shares and selling the rest in Portland and Seattle.