UKIAH — Mendocino County officials are trying to quash a federal grand jury subpoena seeking records about a county program that issued permits to medical marijuana growers.

The Ukiah Daily Journal reports ( ) that a motion filed Friday argues that that the information being sought represents an improper intrusion into local government affairs and that the subpoena is overly broad.

The county is facing a Jan. 8 deadline to comply with the grand jury's order that it hand over all of its records about the now-canceled program that allowed certain marijuana growers to grow as many as 99 plants if they agreed to regular inspections.

Mendocino supervisors ended the nearly two-year-old program in January after the U.S. attorney's office threatened legal action. Marijuana remains illegal in all forms under federal law.


Information from: DAILY JOURNAL,