Judge dismisses marijuana racketeering case in Oregon

Defendants say they stopped growing marijuana last October.

Posted: Aug. 24, 2018 2:19 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a racketeering lawsuit filed by Oregon landowners who claim their neighbors are growing marijuana, causing them discomfort and reducing their property values.

The Capital Press reported Wednesday that several property owners in Lebanon filed a lawsuit last year accusing their neighbors of growing marijuana in violation of the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act.

Defendants say they stopped growing marijuana last October.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled that the injuries alleged by the 10 plaintiffs including unpleasant noises, foul odors and reduced property values aren't the type that can be compensated under the act.

He says they are allowed to refile their complaint since the lawsuit has a constitutional standing.

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