Quote of the day

“It was the most fun in my life. I’ve never seen employees with such high morale. Everyone believed in what we did. I’ve got to tell you, it was fun kicking everyone’s butt in Sacramento.”

—Convicted pot entrepreneur Matt Davies of Stockton in the Sacramento Bee. Davies also said “No way in hell” when asked if he’d ever return to the pot business.
I did a column on Davies. It got to the heart of the legal matter, as does the Bee story: “Sam Kamin, a specialist in marijuana law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, said Davies may have a valid complaint that state lawmakers left him exposed to federal prosecution by failing to set clearer rules for California’s marijuana industry.“The feds have essentially said that if you’re doing this in a state that regulates this stuff robustly, that is between you and your state government,” Kamin said. “But he (Davies) was operating in this nether land. And the feds came after him.”

So lawmakers may have felt laissez-faire in crafting loose marijuana regulations. Unfortunately the feds feel bound to bolster the state’s half-baked laws.

When I was pounding the pavement last week in Lincoln Village West researching the Fitz’s Stockton about Stockton’s lowest geographical point, Davies and his wife Molly strolled by with a baby carriage and a dog or two. Matt said “Hi, Mike.” Just a nice family out for a sunny morning stroll. The feds gave Davies a few months before he reports to prison.
The irony is we are on the cusp of marijuana legalization. Pot may be legalized while Davies is still in prison. 

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