Nov 28, 2012 3:58 PM by The Associated Press

Feds demand marijuana records from NorCal county

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Federal investigators are demanding records related to a Northern California county's medical marijuana permitting program.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told local news outlets this week that county officials received a subpoena in October from the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco.

The records request is connected to the county's now-canceled program to authorize certain marijuana growers to grow as many as 99 plants, exceeding the local limit of 25 plants. The permitting process garnered more than $800,000 in county fees in its two-year existence.

Officials canceled the program in January after the U.S. Attorney's office threatened legal action.

The county collected information that included growers' names and the patients they were serving.

Allman said he is not sure why federal prosecutors want the records. Other county officials and the U.S. Attorney's Office declined comment.

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