Ninth Circuit Orders Man Released In Medical Pot Case

SAN FRANCISCO -- A Chico man who claims the marijuana he grew was for medical purposes is hoping to be released from prison on bail this week following the order of a federal appeals court in San Francisco.

Bryan Epis, 37, is appealing his conviction and 10-year sentence for conspiring to grow more than 1,000 marijuana plants near a school. He has been in prison since being convicted in federal court in Sacramento in 2002.

On Friday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered Epis released on bail until his appeal is decided.

Details here from, or read the Court's Order here.