The Mail Tribune reports
A federal judge has thrown out a Medford man’s lawsuit accusing two narcotics detectives and the city of Medford of seizing and destroying multiple marijuana plants without testing them, telling the man he needs to beat his still-pending criminal case before he can sue police for six figures.
Michael Edward Canoose, 64, of Medford wants to sue the city of Medford and two Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force detectives for $275,000 on allegations that Medford police Det. Chris Dode and Oregon State Police Det. Nick Neville seized and destroyed legal amounts of medical marijuana and industrial hemp during an October 2017 raid that cost Canoose thousands.
The lawsuit alleges that Canoose’s 145 hemp plants were worth $150,000, his hemp seeds were worth $100,000, his 10 medical marijuana plants were worth $12,000, his recreational marijuana was worth $8,000, and his firearms seized were worth $5,000.
The lawsuit further sought to recoup lawyer fees “resulting from Neville’s and Dode’s false statements,” which Canoose’s lawyer, James Leuenberger of Lake Oswego, estimates at $100,000.