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Medical marijuana: Rob Corry announces intent to sue over MMJ laws (and swears he means it)

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In addition, Corry points out that his letter to Suthers also "details individual parts of 1284 and 109 that are constitutionally suspect," including those that allow communities to ban MMJ retail operations.

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Lauren Davis.
The funding of the suit remains an issue. Davis told Westword that many of the larger MMJ operations -- those with the most resources -- have decided to live under the laws rather than asking the courts to strike them down, and Corry agrees. "There are many different types of people in this industry, and they don't all have the same motives," he stresses. "But some of these people have paid their fees and want to see the regulations go into place. And there is a protectionism angle on this with the moratorium being continued" -- a reference to HB 1043, which would prevent licenses for new centers from being issued until July 2012. As such, Corry says, "they have a monopoly of sorts."

The result? "I don't have full funding for the lawsuit at this point -- and I'd like to have it," Corry allows. "But I'm not going to wait for that. I've been trying unsuccessfully to fund it for months, but that's okay. There is some money, and I'm going forward at a greatly reduced rate."

He's also hoping other attorneys will join him in this mission, and is working on assembling a coalition.

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John Suthers.
In the meantime, he's informed Attorney General's office of his intent to sue, even though his reading of Suthers' April letter to U.S. Attorney John Walsh suggests that the AG believes any state employee aiding and abetting the MMJ industry is breaking federal law. Nonetheless, Corry says he received a prompt response from the office "basically saying, 'We will defend the statutes in total and won't recuse ourselves.' So I guess they're not worried about being federal criminals -- or if they are, they've made their choice. Just like the industry."

As for those who think Corry is merely rattling his sabre and won't actually follow through on a suit, he offers a simple statement: "I have every intent to file."

Page down to read Corry's letter to John Suthers.

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Greeneyedmonster_7
Greeneyedmonster_7

I just find it amazing that the government doesn't have to follow the rules that the people impose.  For the people???????????????????????????

Robert
Robert

Go, Rob!  We have no better advocate in the courtroom.

Guest
Guest

Michael Roberts: can you start posting the westword attached documents as a pdf or other portable document in addtion to the scribd one? Scribd looks cool but it often has problems loading on mobile browsers. Thanks.

Rob: good job. Please collaborate your efforts with chippi...she has good arguments that could use the support of a good lawyer.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

I will believe it when I see it.  And I think we need a constitutional lawyer because this is not criminal defense this is constitutional law or the big leagues if you will.  And if we fail not only does that suck for the industry but it is also a great loss for democracy in Colorado.

PCRLP
PCRLP

cannabislawsuits.com is collecting money for the lawsuit Kathleen Chippi has spearheaded.  This lawsuit challenges everything unconstitutional in hb1284, sb109 and hb1043.

All caregiver regulations are challenged. No 5 limit, no registry, everyone over 18 can be a CG including felons.  All CO residents qualify to caregive.

All patient privacy and access issues challenged.  Bans are illegal and local licensing.  All  involvement of DoR illegal.

All physician's who sign mmj recs have protection from disciplinary action.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

I am surprised that he is actually going forward.  It will be interesting to see if his argument about the bills coming out past 2001 will hold up.  I know a few deep pocket MMCs like 1284 and the like.  I wonder if any are his clients.  The best part is he can use Suther's own words against him.  He admitted that even he thinks portions of 1284 are unconstitutional.  It is unfortunate though that the taxpayers will have to pay for this mess.  If only Ritter had the guts to veto it; hopefully the Hick will, but I am not holding my breath.

Harvey
Harvey

Corry -- every intent to file -- we never saw any kind of FUNDRAISING request from RC or Lauren Davis. Why did you wait so long to send that letter to Suthers? Why did it take an article from Westword to get any kind of response from you??? You never asked for money, indeed, many people gave you money for the Colo. Wellness Assn. to bring a suit forward, but nothing ever came from it. Lots of talk, no action. The BIG QUESTION -- WHEN will you file the lawsuit? Patients have been waiting for over a year. Nothing in 1284 was good for patients -- it raped their Constitutional rights. You knew it at the time, now your saying you want to wait to see how it worked out? It worked out badly and you know it. Hope this is not another hollow promise. When will you file???

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Thanks Corry, nice way to start June seeing those like you who will keep the gardens thriving this summer!

You couldn't have summed it up better when you said "restoring some certainty to the chaotic state of the Colorado laws related to medical marijuana." Any attempt to regulate marijuana beyond what's stated in Amendment 20 is insanity!

Hickenlooper must go!!!!
Hickenlooper must go!!!!

Well if there was something to say about Robert Correy I would say go rob also but 1 year later and loads of money in there bank account and still nothing ? like I said before if I face the courts I will have me a constitutional lawyer not a Criminal one as I ain't a criminal in the first place.Under Amendment 20 patients,caregivers,doctors have broken no laws the only ones who have are the MMC's and there biggest supporters which are the State officials that is why they got that notice which stated and attacked big producers not small caregivers.

Hickenlooper must go!!!!
Hickenlooper must go!!!!

Robert Cory is a Criminal Lawyer not a Constitutional lawyer he gets no support from me till he proves he's doing something for the people not for his pockets!!!

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Didn't know about the issue with mobile browsers, Crandle. From here on out, I'll try to include the pdfs as links as well as using Scribd -- and if I forget, give me a nudge. Thanks.

24-7
24-7

That's funny. Do you really think ANY lawyer in Colorado is ever going to willingly talk to Chippi again? Only a desperate one...if that.

420-24-7
420-24-7

PCRLP last lawsuit was thrown out in record time.

Really, do you expect a better outcome the second time? Why would you?

patient
patient

Hey, Kathleen......I know of more than a dozen people in the same position as you--you gave money to an attorney who has not sued and then won't return the money.

If all 12 of you gave $5,000 to these attorneys and the PCRLP lawsuit costs an additional $30,000 to match your $30,000--these 'pro pot attorneys' have stolen your monies and sabotaged your ability to file the PCRLP lawsuit. 

And now one of them has the gall to say they haven't raised the money and it will be completed at a discounted rate?  How many times heard this promise abused? 

How about returning the money to all who had 'retainers' and giving it to the PCRLP to get this filed appropriately with constitutional attorneys, not defense attorneys who have lied to patients for a year now?

Hickenlooper must go!!!!
Hickenlooper must go!!!!

Hickenlooper has no balls just like Ritter,Romer,etc they only react when there asses are on the line imagine that pathetic ,also doesn't matter what matters is what's in black and white and it states Hb-1284 and all the unjust laws are just that unjust now maybe the people should really sue the state and ask the judge to allow the people to sue the state officials and anyone who was part of these unjust laws

Hickenlooper must go!!!!
Hickenlooper must go!!!!

Like he said they where given a dead line and that's that there unconstitutional laws are just that illegal and unjust down with these corrupted officials A-20

Robert
Robert

I have read his letter to Suthers, which ticks off many of the arguments against the constitutionality of the General Assembly's scheme.  He leads with the issue of the untimeliness of the bills, enacted over nine years after the deadline explicit in the Constitution -- I am curious what possible reply there is to this single point, and there are many other stong ones.

truth out
truth out

Let me get this straight.

The reason patients and caregivers are suffering and losing their constitutional rights is because the attorneys that promised to sue a year ago and collected monies for it, don't like one person (Kathleen) (or 5 people), so they stole the money and took out their petty frustrations on the patients by not filing?  Get real.

Guest
Guest

Your personal issues are a distraction. I do not know chippi personally but I do know that I agree with most of the issues she takes with hb 1284, some of which rob corry has not expressed concern over (like video surveillance). Working together is key to progressing.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Good point most people like to work for people who are happy, pleasant, and allow one to get the job done.

Hickenlooper must go!!!!
Hickenlooper must go!!!!

420-24-7  Your a moron you must be with the DEA or something like the MMC's Cartels dirty ass first off like another person states the supreme courts want the lower courts to look at it first and if it can't be fixed in the lower courts then the supreme courts will see it and when they do all you jackasses corrupted ass wipes will shove a nice stick up you know where

PCRLP
PCRLP

99% of Supreme Court petitions are thrown out.  All that means is the Supreme Court wants the lower courts to rule before they do.  The Supreme Court did not throw it out based on the arguments. 

What do you personally have against patient rights? 

sick of this bs
sick of this bs

you industry people just need to give it up. the new laws that you signed up to follow are unconstitutional, that's why patients will soon dwindle and your stores will close. justice will prevail, with or without you.  no patient is going to want video of themselves buying a federally illegal drug and sharing it with the dea.  i personally can't believe you thought patients would be okay with you giving up their rights to privacy for them, so you can remain open.  your narcs and you paid the narcs (they are not paying you)  to play in their game.  except to patients, their lives are not a game. 

Hickenlooper must go!!!!
Hickenlooper must go!!!!

I been saying to use Constitutional lawyers for a yr now I am glad someone or group has made it happen and for those who retained a lawyer and that lawyer hasn't done nothing but take your money you have all rights to put there lic at risk get there ID number and report them to the bar assioction to revoke there status on continuing to practice law

Robert
Robert

May we infer from your reticence in explicating why that is that you are one?

Inasmuch as the General Assembly appeals for authority to its police powers as opposed to Section 14 of Article XVIII of the Constitution, I suppose that is an answer, but HB10-1284's status as disabling legislation seems hard to dispute; it makes twenty-three references to Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Constitution.

truth out
truth out

constitutional attorneys do not agree that this is a good argument.

Hickenlooper must go!!!!
Hickenlooper must go!!!!

I must agree with you about CTI as I and a group of others attempted to group up with them and got denied all these promises no action if your in a group like that find yourself another group with action and toss the rest .

Samantha Jones
Samantha Jones

420-24-7I'm new to this but just read your posts.  Do you have anything to say about the issues patients and caregivers and physicians have or anything to say about mmj, even? 

Your personal/character attacks are not impressing anyone.  But keep it anonymous...you surely don't want to embarrass yourself further. 

Guest
Guest

420: again...what is your agenda? -- I know what it is even though you won't say...it's not hard to figure out. I repeat that the concerns of the people you attack have merit and to disregard their concerns because of your personal issues with their character is petty. Please don't fight progress that will help patients because people you have personal issues with are involved in the process.

Robert
Robert

-- the part where anonymous character assassins somehow have any credibility.  People who read and people who show up are capable of informed criticism.  You are not, so all you can do is wing some crap in our general direction.

420-24-7
420-24-7

@crandle:disqus You are confusing personal, with character issues. Everyone has personal issues. Not everyone has issues of their character. The people I mentioned above have character issues.

And now, because of those exposed character issues, sane, responsible people would never work with those people. What part of that are you having trouble understanding?

Guest
Guest

Like I said 420, your personal issues are a distraction from the real issue. I would like to see the regulations get changed so most people, primarily patients, are comfortable with the medical marijuana laws. What is your agenda?

24-7
24-7

@crandle:disqus "Working together is key to progressing." Were you not here last week? No one in their right, informed mind would ever work with the CTI group (Laura, Katheren, Correy and Tim) again. 

CTI got called on being anti-semitic (see her .org website w. the Nazi swastikas) . Tim is a well known disappointment (google tim tipton co mmj scam). Correy is a crazed person who attacks everyone. Katheren had multiple top-tier lawyers questioning her honesty...

Real band of winners there. That's just their character issues. Let's not even start in on how they interact with others - friend or foe.

Hickenlooper must go!!!!
Hickenlooper must go!!!!

Lmao allowed wow your so wrong again they work for the payer not the other side if I went to buy a car it ain't the dealer which makes the last call it's the buyer remember that and you stay free if I myself allowed a lawyer to make all the choices I would be stuck doing 15 yr pfft .

Observer
Observer

The one and only time I went into One Brown Mouse was the WORST dispensary service I've ever received. She needs to work on her people skills.

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