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Support slim for pot provider's challenge of raids

By The Associated Press
Published On: Nov 25 2012 03:08:37 PM MST
Updated On: Oct 17 2013 04:18:33 PM MDT
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HELENA, Mont. -

A Montana medical marijuana provider facing an 80-year prison sentence has become a kind of martyr among pot advocates. But he's not finding much support for his challenge of the federal raids that landed him in jail.
    
Chris Williams was among the providers indicted after the 2011 raids on more than a dozen medical marijuana operations across Montana. He is the only one who rejected multiple plea deals and was convicted on eight drug trafficking and weapons charges.
    
Williams is the lead plaintiff in a civil lawsuit that claims he and the other providers were following Montana's medical marijuana laws and the raids intruded on states' rights.
    
That lawsuit pending before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney Paul Livingston says the case has been ignored by marijuana advocates.