HELENA — Two medical marijuana providers from Montana have pleaded guilty to federal drug charges, putting off a judge’s expected ruling on whether U.S. drug laws trump the state’s medical marijuana statute.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Justin Flor, 34, of Miles City, appeared in federal court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, as well as possessing the drug with intent to distribute. His father, Richard Flor, 68, also of Miles City, acknowledged conspiring to maintain a drug-involved premises.

The men, who were negotiating a plea deal over the last few weeks, are scheduled to be sentenced April 19.

Montana Cannabis, the medical marijuana grower Richard Flor is a partner in, was raided last spring along with dozens of other providers. Most of the providers who were raided pleaded guilty, but the Flors decided to challenge the charges, saying they were following the state law passed by voter initiative in 2004 that regulated medical marijuana use and production.

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