Wash. city returns 202 marijuana plants, 6 pounds of dried pot to patients after raid

The city of Lynnwood, Wash., has returned 202 dead marijuana plants and 6 pounds of drying pot that was seized from a group of medical marijuana patients more than a year ago.

Seattle lawyer Aaron Pelley says Lynnwood police seized the marijuana, as well as lights and other growing equipment, during a May 2012raid. He says the patients were following the state's medical marijuana law, and no criminal charges were filed.

Pelley and two other attorneys wrote a letter to city officials, demanding they return the items or pay nearly $1 million, the estimated value of the property. The mayor signed off on the return of the pot, and Pelley picked it up Tuesday.

Pelley says the pot is no longer good for smoking but might be used to make cannabis oil or marijuana-infused products.

Deputy Chief Bryan Stanifer says the police department wasn't happy about returning the marijuana, but also wasn't interested in facing a lawsuit.