Seen in another light, however, Davies argued, his honesty shows that he believed his Medizen Collective was legit. After all, if his business were not legal, would Sacramento have allowed him to apply for a $5,000 medical marijuana dispensary permit? Would Sacramento have registered him as an "established operation"? Would Lloyd's of London have insured his marijuana stock?
"It didn't used to be a crime to believe your government," attorney Ragland intoned. Davies' other crime is standing up to federal prosecutors' excesses. Davies' two co-defendants are pleading guilty in return for expected terms of three and five years, respectively. But U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner proposed a seven-year minimum sentence for Davies. Wagner even wrote that seven years would be "extremely lenient" in light of Davies' "very significant commercial operation." One of Davies' several dispensaries alone grossed more than $3 million annually.
Davies' attorneys have appealed to Attorney General Eric Holder to stop this travesty. On probation, Davies could continue to meet the payroll for his other businesses. He could pay taxes and contribute to Stockton's ailing economy.
In prison, Davies can serve as a testament to one truth alone: When you believe a politician, read the fine print.
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