While Proposition 64 made the possession  and use of recreational marijuana legal, there isn’t anywhere an individual can legally buy it -— yet.
In order to sell recreational marijuana, a vendor must be licensed by the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs, which, according to the proposition, will begin issuing licenses by Jan. 1, 2018, and the permitting process will probably begin later rather than sooner.

“One of problems right now is that you’re able to possess it, but not purchase it,” said Matthew Smith, a Sacramento defense attorney. “The agency that the state has set up (the Bureau of Marijuana Control) — none of their budget this year is allocated to recreational marijuana. All of it is for medical marijuana. What that means is that the permitting process, from my understanding, won’t be in place until Jan. 2018. Only legal place to purchase it is at a dispensary for medical marijuana patients.”



​A Colusa Superior Court jury believed Cathy I. Mendoza was only defending herself when she shot and killed Jose Villarruel Guadalupe Saavedra on Aug. 30. After deliberating less than three hours, the eight-man, four-woman jury, handed down their decision that Mendoza was “not guilty” of second-degree murder, but “guilty” of using a short-barreled shotgun.Judge John H. Tiernan set June 17 for sentencing. Several of her friends and family breathed a large and loud collective sigh of relief after the verdict was read.“Thank the Lord,” Mendoza exclaimed, following the verdict. website editor's note: Matt Smith was lead investigator and Albert Smith was the lead attorney



The family of a Colusa man who died from injuries when a building he was helping demolish fell on him will receive $1.35 million to settle a wrongful death case, according to Colusa County Superior Court records. Because the settlement involves at least one minor child, it has to be approved by a judge. A hearing is set for May 7, one day after the third anniversary of Daniel Kesterson's death. Kesterson, 57, was helping take down the abandoned warehouse at 15 Fifth St., owned by Hoblit Rental Partners. A related company, Hoblit Motors Inc., also is a defendant. "My client is happy to have resolved the case without putting her children through a trial," said Matt Smith, a Sacramento lawyer who represents Kesterson's widow, Amber, and her five special needs children. 

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Matt Smith found himself drawn to the law field early in life. His first job was at the County Clerk Recorder's Office. He competed in parliamentary procedures at the national level before college. Matthew majored in Economics and minored in Russian Language. While in law school he was appointed by the court as a criminal defense investigator. He personally investigated over 700 felony cases including homicide and child abuse cases.


Matt has valuable experience as a volunteer firefighter, he has responded to DUI Crashes and has gained knowledge about how facts and evidence are collected at the scene. He has gone on multiple CHP ride-alongs and is a graduate of the citizens police academy. He also studied with the same Gang Experts used by the District Attorney's Office.


Matt has also worked profile cases in the media. He is active in various charities and civic organizations.