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Calif. marijuana dispensary owner sentenced

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From page A9 | December 14, 2013 | 5 Comments

SACRAMENTO — A noted Central California businessman who ran two major indoor marijuana growing facilities and seven pot dispensaries that generated millions of dollars was sentenced to five years in prison, federal prosecutors said Friday.

The sentencing in federal court comes months after Matthew Davies, 35, of Stockton took a plea deal to avoid possibly spending up to 15 years in prison.

In May, Davies pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to manufacture and distribute marijuana, two counts of manufacturing marijuana and seven counts of marijuana distribution for businesses he either owned or operated in Stockton and Sacramento.

Davies has been ordered to turn himself in in March 2014, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said Friday.

Two other men who also pleaded guilty in the case await sentencing.

Lynn Smith, 63, of Stockton, who co-owned or operated the businesses with Davies, pleaded guilty to similar charges in January and Robert Duncan, 30, of Fremont pleaded guilty to cultivating marijuana in Sept. 2012.

In 2011, police in Stockton responding to a burglary call in progress at a business on the city’s east side, discovered more than a dozen workers inside trimming marijuana plants.

Last summer, a federal grand jury indicted the three men on charges of cultivating marijuana stemming from the bust.

Davies had argued that his store in Stockton operated in accordance with California laws after he worked extensively with accountants and lawyers before opening the business.

However, Wagner said this spring that Davies, a local businessman with an MBA, made millions with intentions to set out a lucrative marijuana empire in the Central Valley, even though he knew that his conduct was illegal under federal law.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 14, 2013 - 6:37 am

    We will probably see more of this as the demand to legalize marijuana becomes stronger and the Feds try to make their case. Those untold “$millions" are a tax-generating wet dream. How unfortunate for those of us living in financially starved communities afraid to take advantage.

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  • Kene WinstonDecember 14, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    i didnt quit on life, why should i quite on this? legalize it.

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  • Randy ReduxDecember 14, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    Hey!, Let's go all out and legalize prostitution while we are at it. Think of the taxes we could collect! Think of the crime we could eliminate! CD's unmentionable dream just might be a reality. Oh happy day!

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  • CD BrooksDecember 15, 2013 - 7:09 am

    Randy, NICE! Many of us here have spoken in the past about legalizing prostitution and I have no problem with that. How much revenue it could generate is debatable but the resources wasted on chasing these folks around is probably quite substantial.

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  • Randy ReduxDecember 15, 2013 - 8:00 am

    CD, the problem would be the government stepping in to regulate the "business." Can't you imagine what sort of rules the government would impose? The Feds tried running a bordello in Nevada and couldn't make a go of it selling booze and you know what, so how could we expect the local dim bulbs to oversee the game?

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