Cannabis: Get Ready! Cannabis civil war is on the horizon in the United States of America! Why, do I say this? Well, the United States Federal Government appears to be enraging the U.S. citizenry and is selectively enforcing prosecution on would be do-gooders who open medical marijuana dispensaries. This secret civil war began a few years ago when federal authorities began raiding medial marijuana dispensaries across Los Angeles County, California. Cannabis users are afraid of the federal government. This feeble attempt at closing down over 900 dispensaries has all but failed, however, the G-men were successful in the malicious prosecution of a handful of people who appeared to have been hand selected. Most of the people prosecuted were duped by over zealous prosecutors who threatened lengthy prison terms if they did not take plea bargains. Lately, Molly Davies, wife of Matt Davies the owner & operator of a medical marijuana dispensary has been indicted on several serious felony charges. Matt Davies faces 10 years in the state penitentiary for his actions. Matt Davies has not been charged with any crime by the state of California, as he operated his Medizen dispensary with painstaking attention to state law, which allows the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries. Yet he and co-owner Lynn F. Smith and warehouse grow operation manager Robert Duncan are being charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as if they were large-scale criminal drug dealers. Cannabis is the choice among dealers.
Charged with five years, federal prosecutors have threatened to add additional charges with a 10-year minimum sentence unless he pleads guilty. You see what we are saying here? This is an ancient old trick by prosecutors who are looking for a CONVICTION no matter what the terms! If you look back in the history of ANY district attorney’s office or even ask a former prosecutor they will surely tell you that it is all about the CONVICTION…so the office keeps good statistics. Trust me on this one, it would be cool to do a test and find out the real figures of how each district attorney, specifically the federal government prosecutors trick people into pleading guilty. This has turned into a cannabis civil war.
This is the cannabis civil war I am referring to, in where the feds are outraging people within the U.S. This type of malicious prosecution goes against the grain of Americans abroad. Americans want justice, but clean justice! By prosecuting innocent Americans, the government is creating its own demise when it comes to these civil issues. The government should not penalize people criminally but rather civilly instead. My gosh, when are the feds going to learn to stop trying to arrest and convict their own people whom are innocent. Cannabis is deemed legal under medical marijuana laws set forth by the people and for the people of the State of California. Very reputable long time attorneys are advising people who operate medical marijuana dispensaries that it is perfectly legal to do so under the current medical marijuana laws. “It’s mind-boggling that there were hundreds of attorneys advising their clients that it was O.K. to do this, only to be bushwhacked by a federal system that most people in California are not even paying attention to,” said William J. Portanova, a former federal drug prosecutor and a lawyer for one of Mr. Davies’s co-defendants. “It’s tragic.” This cannabis civil war rages on!
Sadly to report, Molly broke down and wrote this to our Commander and Chief, Barack Obama:
Davies’s wife, Molly, wrote an eloquent plea, in which she asks the President:
I am writing to you as a wife and mother of two young daughters, whose 34-year old husband, Matthew Davies, faces 10 years or more in federal prison for providing medical marijuana to sick people in California, even though he complied with state law concerning medicinal cannabis. My questions to you are simple:
What has my husband done that would justify the federal government forcing my young daughters to grow up without a father?
How can your Administration ignore the will of the California people and prosecute this good, law-abiding man for doing exactly what state law permits?
Mr. President, my husband is not a criminal and shouldn’t be treated like one. Matt is not a drug dealer or trafficker. He’s not driving around in a fancy car and living in some plush mansion–trust me. My husband is a regular guy, and we’re a regular, middle-class family. Yet even though Matt took great pains to follow state and local law, he is currently facing a severe prison sentence. This all seems so surreal.
Both surreal and prosecutorial excess it is indeed.
As Molly Davies adds in her letter to Obama:
We would have never gone down this road had we thought for a moment that the federal government would prosecute Matt for running a completely above-board operation that is perfectly legal where we live. Nothing is worth Matt’s liberty. And I cannot even bear to think of our daughters growing up without their father. This is a nightmare.
This exercise in malicious prosecution is destroying the lives of real people — not to mention the cost that well exceeds $20,000 a year in taxpayer money for incarcerating Davies.
The US justice system long ago failed millions of Americans who have spent years in state and federal prison for marijuana violations. Now that marijuana use is legal to varying degrees in a growing number of states, it is in our opinion cruel and unusual punishment…. As Americans we have the right to be heard! As Americans we will fight for what we believe is democracy in a free America! The cannabis civil war is upon us…. Legalize.co
- Letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
- In California, It’s U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana (New York Times)
- A Letter to the President: My Husband Is Not the “Bigger Fish to Fry” in Your Drug War (Huffington Post)
- Matthew Davies’ Wife Asks Obama To End Family’s ‘Nightmare,’ Drop Medical Marijuana Case (Huffington Post)
- The High Cost of Shutting Down One Medical Marijuana Operation (The Atlantic)
- Molly Davies on Current TV’s The Young Turks
- Additional documentation (applications, permits, etc.)
- “Keep Matt Free” on Facebook