Workers insist pot garden was within state law

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Workers at an Eastern Oregon marijuana garden raided by local and federal police insist their operation was legitimate and that none of the pot found its way to the black market.

Grower Tony Machado says the people growing at the marijuana garden near Central Point, Ore., were using it as medicine and stayed within Oregon's limit of six plants per patient, the Medford Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/oKu16M ).

The government says marijuana from Oregon providers is going on the black market, sometimes depriving people with state cards that allow them to use it for pain relief and other medical reasons.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents took at least four dump trucks of marijuana from the property last week.

The site featured more than 22 providers who grew for about 80 patients.