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Free Matthew Davies: Casualty of Eric Holder’s Drug Wars

7:09 pm in Uncategorized by elisemattu

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

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A bill presented in Congress re: Marijuana for the States

5:10 pm in Uncategorized by elisemattu

Here is an email I recently received. I don’t know the in’s and out’s of “Bill Language” so smarter people than me will have to inform us on what the bill(s) actually means.

1:38 AM
FROM: Jasmine Tyler, DPA

SUBJECT: New Bill in Congress to Protect Marijuana Legalization

Drug Policy Alliance email to elise mattu

Urge your representative to support a new bill that would protect marijuana legalization!
Take Action

Contact your representative today.

Even as the drug policy reform movement celebrates our historic victories legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington, we still have to ensure that the states can implement their laws without federal interference.

Several U.S. representatives from Colorado recently introduced a bipartisan bill to help protect our victories by giving the states room to implement the new laws.

Tell your U.S. representative to support the bill that would enable the states to make their own marijuana laws.

The Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act would affirm the ability for states to establish their own marijuana laws free from federal interference.

This bill’s primary sponsor, Democratic Congresswoman Diana Degette from Denver, was joined by her fellow Colorado Republican Congressman Mike Coffman — who voted against Amendment 64 but still wants to ensure that the federal government respects the will of voters.

Although Colorado and Washington voted to regulate and tax marijuana, these ballot initiatives are not going to implement themselves. We need to do everything we can to ensure the federal government plays a constructive — rather than destructive — role.

This is just the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition. We have our work cut out for us. And we need your help!

Urge your representative to support the new bill in Congress that would enable the states to implement their own marijuana laws free from federal interference.

Sincerely,

Jasmine Tyler
Acting Director, Office of National Affairs