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Federal Prosecutors Explain Stockton Dispensary Raid

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Attorneys for Matthew Davies, a father from Stockton facing federal charges related to his medical marijuana operation, say they have bought their client more time.

Attorney Steven Ragland says he will use the next couple months to convince federal prosecutors that Davies does not deserve prison time.

Davies’ former business associate Lynn Smith, 62, of Stockton pleaded guilty Friday to avoid the gamble of a jury trial and the possibility of a harsher sentence. He faces a minimum 5 years in prison.

Attorneys for Davies say their client was operating under California law and does not deserve the scrutiny of the federal government. They are pointing people to a petition at: www.keepmattfree.org.

Prosecutors contend Davies was running “a large business that grew and sold marijuana for profit.”