So you thought you did everything right life, you went to school, got a good job and are a hard worker. Well so did Matthew R. Davies, a Stockton CA graduate with a master’s degree in business, a penchant for the entrepreneurial side, and a firm belief that he would be allowed to cultivate his medical marijuana business. In addition to some of the more basic California blue color jobs Mr. Davies has held like – hand-to-hand combat waiting tables at some of the local restaurants, or maintenance at the local mobile home parks. But that was before grasping for the American dream. Taking the chance of a lifetime, with an enormous upside…and a potential life altering downside.
“To be looking at 15 years of your life… for growing and selling medical marijuana – you couldn’t pay me enough to give that up,” Davies said at the dining room table in his two-story home along the San Joaquin River Delta, referring to the amount of time he could potentially serve in prison. “If I had believed for a minute this would happen, I would never have gotten into this.
With polished graduate-level business skills, Davies believed it was time to shine a light on a world that had decidedly been operating in the shadows. He hired the best – accountants, compliance attorneys, and administrators, in addition to hiring 75 taxpaying citizens and a payroll firm. He paid all required California sales tax and properly filed for state and local business permits in order to comply with all voter approved stipulations contained within California prop 215.
“Does this mean that the federal government will be prosecuting individualsthroughout California, Washington, Colorado and elsewhere who comply with state law permitting marijuana use, or is the Davies case merely a rogue prosecutor out of step with administration and department policy?” asked Elliot R. Peters, one of his lawyers.
Despite doing everything right, Mr. Davies finds himself entrenched in a case which puts the mounting clash between medical marijuana / recreational pot states and the federal government use under the microscope of common sense for scrutiny. Six months ago the DOJ indicted Davies charges of cultivating medical cannabis, after raiding two medical marijuana collectives and a grow house filled with nearly 2,000 marijuana plants.