Cannabis leaf pressed in a booke

Despite recent language suggesting progress on legalization, the federal government continues to imprison cannabis entrepreneurs.

Matt Davies is a casualty of Eric Holder’s War On Medicinal-State-Approved Drugs.

Judging by proclamations made over the last week, Holder is reversing and revising his old philosophy but the victims of his thinking still remain felons who must endure harsh jail sentences. There should be a law that states if you reverse the thoughts and legal philosophy that create national policies, then the victims of your policies must go free the moment your policies are changed!

Matt’s story is particularly heart breaking. He is a family man and successful pot entrepreneur. Besides that, a thinking person must ask: do we really need to be spending money to keep someone like Matt locked up? At the very time in California’s history when the state budget processes have cut fire districts, health spending, and school districts to the core, we have some $ 33,000 a year to keep Matt locked up?

From the Modesto Bee:’

He cast himself as a turnaround specialist for distressed marijuana businesses. He put money into troubled, dingy pot shops and remade them as holistic fern bars that dispensed cannabis with ‘a Zen-like’ ambiance and offered health services, including chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture.

When he ran into trouble with the federal government, Davies, a married father of two young daughters, hired a team of lawyers and former Clinton administration official Chris Lehane as a media consultant. He launched a website, www.keepmattfree.org. He drew coverage in The New York Times and The Huffington Post, making a public case that he was an honest man who dutifully followed California’s law, only to be unfairly singled out by the government.

Despite his guilty plea to marijuana conspiracy, manufacturing and sales, Davies today suggests federal authorities unfairly applied marijuana laws against him while allowing entrepreneurs in other states to thrive.

He also blames his fate on California legislators’ failure to set clear rules for a medical marijuana industry that mushroomed to more than $1 billion in taxable marijuana sales by 2010. In contrast, Colorado passed laws that provided meticulous state oversight of marijuana stores and cultivators, apparently satisfying the U.S. government, which sharply curtailed prosecutions of marijuana businesses there.

Read more: “California pot entrepreneur sentenced to five years in prison” at Calcoastnews.com

Photo by olga.palma released under a Creative Commons license.