Corey Donahue jailed for disrupting Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act meeting (VIDEO)

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Corey Donahue.
Update: We've gotten our hands on a copy of the video shot by marijuana activist Kathleen Chippi of fellow advocate Corey Donahue's arrest at a Boulder library, allegedly for disrupting a volunteer meeting associated with the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012. The only editing we've done is to remove the first fifty seconds or so of the clip, which showed Chippi swinging the camera from her arm as she walked into the library...

That footage was so Blair Witch-y that we were afraid people watching it might get sick. Chippi subsequently put the lens cap on for about a minute -- because, she says, she wanted to respect the privacy of the meeting organizers, who asked not to be filmed. But the audio is interesting, as is the video that follows.

At the beginning of the clip, Donahue is already speaking with volunteers, as well as the library security. He can be heard saying he was invited to the meeting through an e-mail and insists that he isn't being disruptive. You can also hear a voice, presumably that of a security guard, telling Donahue that the meeting is a "closed session."

Regulate Marijuana Like Alchol's Emmett Reistroffer can also be heard telling the security guard that Donahue isn't welcome at the meeting. "We invited folks to come who wanted to support our initiative, but we did not invite folks who came to destroy it," he says. "Because we have had some past situations with that individual and I know -- he is publicly on record, and challenging this in court. So I know he has no interest in what I'm talking about today, which is how to make our thing pass. Not how to make it lose."

Donahue subsequently refuses to leave the room and the security guard leaves to call the police -- and we're left with about ten minutes of awkwardly civil conversation between Donahue, Chippi, Reistroffer and a volunteer named Ryan. Most of the discussion centers on how Donahue disagrees with the language of the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act proposal, although a large part is hard to understand due to people talking over each other.

One of the funnier moments takes place just shy of the seven minute mark, when Reistroffer makes arguably the most polite attempt ever at expelling someone from a meeting.

Reistroffer: I didn't want to kick anybody out tonight, yourself included...
Donahue: Oh, the police are gonna kick me out.
Reistroffer: ...but I have to.
[Garbled conversation]
Donahue: I'm not going to leave.
Reistroffer: You know and I know you that you are 100 percent opposed to this.

Around the fourteen minute mark, the officer shows up and asks Donahue to step outside -- and adds that if he refuses, he will be charged with obstruction of justice. The cop then says he was informed by library staff that this was a "closed door meeting," prompting Donahue to argue for a minute before telling the officer that he plans to return to the meeting. As he's being led out of the building in handcuffs, he loudly proclaims, "I'm being arrested for questioning a petition that goes in our constitution at a public library."

The security guard then makes a final cameo, informing Donahue that he is being ejected from the library for "misbehavior and causing a disturbance."

So was Donahue being disruptive? Watch the video above and decide for yourself. Our earlier coverage is below.

Original item, 12:28 p.m. July 26: Corey Donahue.Corey Donahue, a marijuana activist who calls his organization Crazy For Justice, was arrested in a Boulder library last Tuesday.

Why? For allegedly trespassing after he refused to leave a meeting of volunteers for the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, an initiative against which he has openly campaigned.

Donahue told the Daily Camera that he was invited to the meeting online. When we spoke, he said he was "politely questioning the initiative's language" and not causing a disruption when event organizers asked that security order him to leave.

He refused, citing his right to be in the public library. Library security called police officers, who also asked him several times to leave. He again refused, and officers arrested him on suspicion of trespassing. He admits to becoming verbally abusive to the cops, which accounts for a second allegation -- "using fighting words with a police officer."

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Boulder Public Library.
Jennifer Bray, Boulder Library spokeswoman, confirmed that the meeting room has to remain open to the public, even when reserved for meetings. But Bray also said that the library has "pretty clear rules of behavior," which allow the institution to ban people anywhere from 24 hours to an entire year.

Bray wouldn't comment on this incident specifically, other than to say that security was called on a patron dispute and that the security guard "acted as he saw fit." She also cites an edict, posted online, that states: "No person may disturb other patrons or employees of the library so as to disrupt their use of the library."

That's exactly what Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol's Emmett Reistroffer says Donahue was doing -- even if he was doing it calmly. The publicized topic of the meeting, according to him, was briefing for volunteers collecting signatures, and not discussing the bill itself, which is what Donahue was attempting to do. Reistoffer admits Donahue told him that he was there to learn more and that might consider joining the campaign. But he believes this claim was a ploy to sideline the intent of the meeting, especially given Donahue's frequent public pronouncements against the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act.

"It is disheartening that we've got someone like him who is so problematic," Reistroffer maintains. "He just wants to fight us over anything."

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Mason Tvert.
Reistroffer says the incident in the library is merely a continuation of a confrontation Donahue had with Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol supporters the night before in Denver. According to Reistroffer and initiative proponent Mason Tvert, Donahue stationed himself outside a private volunteer meeting in Denver and harassed and intimidated people coming and going.

On Monday, Donahue posted the following on his Facebook page (under the name Charles Gleason): "The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Campaign is LYING to you come out and protest and inform the people of this lie. Not legalization and not like alcohol Mason Tvert and Brian Vicente are lying to your face."

Regardless of his opinion about the proposed initiative, Donahue says he had every right to stay at the meeting -- and he's declared in various online forums that he intends to sue the city of Boulder over the matter.

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Kathleen Chippi.
According to the Daily Camera, police are still investigating the incident, but we might not have to wait until they are done to at least see and hear what happened: Kathleen Chippi, who was also in attendance, claims to have video and audio evidence that Donahue only became disruptive when police arrived and threatened to arrest him for trespassing. According to her, the recordings show that organizers overreacted when they asked security to remove Donahue for being a disturbance.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana legalization: Crazy For Justice's draft initiative proposes making 4/20 a state holiday."


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JeffC
JeffC

I'm tiered of idiots cops and flunky security guards taking advantage of their posistion. He violated no laws. His rights were violated. It's actions like this by our state and federal entities that will cause a civil uprising. I'm ready for one....  

Kurtriggin
Kurtriggin

I will make this simple for everyone, No state can regulate a schedule 1. drug the state of COLORADO has adopted the federal schedule, in the state schedule weed is a schedule 1 drug like heroin so as soon as the state starts regulating heroin they can lawfully do so with MMJ.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

William, this complaint should have been the first comment, but I managed to overlook your bias.  Your post is mistitled:  Corey Donahue was jailed because he tried to exercise his First Amendment rights, not because he was disruptive; not disruptive in the general sense, and certainly not disruptive of a meeting which had not even begun!

William Breathes
William Breathes

Robert, I assure you there was no bias.

There's a pretty standard format for writing bland headlines, an this one pretty much follows it.  The fact of the matter is that he was jailed for trespassing, which came as a result of library staff saying he was disrupting a meeting.

Stating that in a condensed way in a headline is hardly editorializing.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Great explanation, William; now I understand perfectly why, even though Corey Donahue did not disrupt a meeting, the headline reads "Corey Donahue jailed for disrupting Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act meeting"

Whatever process produced this headline, it misleads readers as to what happened, and dozens of posts confirm that the writer(s) (through willfulness, feeblemindedness, or some combination of the two) never made it past the false assertion there.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Corey Donahue was not arrested for disrupting a meeting -- he did not disrupt a meeting.

I am not looking for bias, I am accusing you of promulgating a lie.

William Breathes
William Breathes

How does it mislead readers? right or wrong, he was arrested for disrupting the meeting.

You can look for bias all you want, but it's just not there.

IHaveRightsToo
IHaveRightsToo

He was jailed for infringing on everyone else's rights! Corey Donahue isn't the only person with rights in this state! What about all the people in the library who just wanted to read their books in silence, but had to listen to Mr. Donahue yelling at the police? Or all the people who wanted to petition their government, but were scared by Mr. Donahue obstruction tactics? Or the people who signed a petition that Mr. Donahue likely helped steal? What about those rights?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Pure BS -- the Big Lie repeated yet one more time.  Your fantasy here is willful, we have the evidence before us -- Corey was not yelling at police (who are not normally stationed in public libraries anyway -- duh!); he was sitting in a public meeting room, waiting for it to begin, when he was set upon and falsely arrested.  People who use cannabis could not possibly be so stupid as to blame the victims of unjust laws or false arrests, could they?

I can only speculate as to whether you are a real (clueless) person, industry profiteer like Josh Stanley or his ilk, or, quite possibly, a DEA or other drug cop provocateur -- you certainly serve their interests, at least.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The bullhorn looms large in your imagination (or polemic, anyway).

Doublestandards
Doublestandards

Alright, I'll give it to you, he wasn't yelling just talking very loudly . .  .

Doublestandards
Doublestandards

Josh Stanley can't be all the anonymous people who are afraid of you standing outside their house with a bull horn. 

Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Teacher Training

I agree with Robert and Chase. He was not all disruptive - but note, by his very presence and how he advocates 'Crazy for Justice', the authorities might have indeed overreacted and tried to take control of a situation that has not even occurred. It doesn't justify it, though. Just my two cents... 

Reality
Reality

Not disruptive? Did you not watch the video? You don't need to see it all... just watch the beginning and end... In the beginning there is no one in the room but  Corey Donahue (same guy that is facing charges for stealing signed petitions) and 2 other people.

After he is removed from the room and arrested, the person videotaping the event goes back into the room and it is full.

Clearly people where not in the room because he was causing a disturbance. Its really a black and white issue. Its all there on video.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Fantasy (and 'Guest', 'Concerned Citizen', and 'Doublestandards' above -- one or more persons who have reason to hide their identity) must be students of Adolf Hitler:  "For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying." (Mein Kampf).

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Wrong again -- I have never said not to vote for the "so that driving under the influence of marijuana shall remain illegal" initiative; I have pointed out the deficiencies which will probably cause it to fail, and expressed my disgust with those who drafted it and the manner in which it was drafted.  If you think that my criticism merits the anonymous smear campaign of which you are a part, have at it.

I'm looking for other people who want to join me in serving the DEA -- notice that they are not welcome in Colorado, or the United States, in direct demonstrations at their dens -- don't need people with double standards along though.

Doublestandards
Doublestandards

You serve the interest of the DEA by advocating against the only chance we have to end marijuana prohibition in this state!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

No -- I can only speculate as to whether you all are real (clueless) people, industry profiteers like Josh Stanley or his ilk, or, quite possibly, DEA or other drug cop provocateurs -- you certainly serve their interests, at least.

Scared
Scared

Do you ever think people hide their identity because they are honestly scared for the well being for criticizing people who allegedly assault their opposition? (Miguel Lopez)

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

So you accuse others of being students of Hitler, and then demonstrate your affection for him by posting an obscure quote from him....hmmm? Also interesting is the fact that this quote seems to be a very accurate description of the words and actions of you and your fellow whacktivists.

Viper Mad
Viper Mad

Let's be clear about a few things - this is about mentally unstable people taking their neurosis out on others through disruption, nothing more.

If this had been a meeting of LGBT students planning on creating a group in favor of gay marriage in CO and Donohue tried to hijack the meeting because he believes homosexuality is a sin, he would have been ejected and arrested after behaving in the fashion documented above.

If this had been a meeting of Muslims planning on building a new worship center and Donohue tried to hijack the meeting because he believes Islam is a false religion, he would have been ejected and arrested after behaving in the fashion documented above.

If this had been a meeting of citizens planning on creating a petition to ban the teaching of evolution in public schools and Donohue tried to hijack the meeting because he believes Intelligent Design is superstitious horse manure, he would have been ejected and arrested after behaving in the fashion documented above.

Donohue has a right to believe anything he wants, no matter how stupid. He can also proclaim his worthless opinions in public as loudly as he wants (maybe Robert Chase can lend him a bull horn) -- all of these acts are his right as an American.

What is NOT his right as an American is to disrupt others' free speech and assembly. You do not get to interfere with public meetings, shout others down or threaten police when asked to leave. If this had been held on private property and Donohue had used "fighting words" he might not have been lucky enough to deal with the rather polite Boulder PD.

On a final note, I find it terribly difficult to believe that Donohue, Chase, Lopez and the rest of the Whacktivist Contingent do anything positive at all for the medical marijuana or legalization movements. No one watching these assholes says to themselves "yeah! I want to align myself with those fine citizens!" Even people who love the idea of fully legal marijuana are repulsed by this type of obviously emotionally and psychologically unstable behavior.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

-- but you are wrong, and the evidence shows it.  We are not a united front, and as for mental instability, we are not so crazy as to imagine that thinking people who wade through these comments will not note that, for whatever flaws may exist in our positions, we post them as ourselves, i.e. we take responsibility for what we write.

As many times as you anonymous poster(s) repeat your lies, it will not alter facts already admitted by Boulder and evident on the video recording.  When Emmett, the Boulder Library's security guard, and the Boulder Police removed Corey Donahue from a public meeting simply because Emmett desired it, the incident became not about cannabis, but about citizens' rights under the First Amendment.  The anonymous posters' remarks here evince ignorance of and hostility to our First Amendment rights, but there is more than a hint that posters do understand the requirements of the Constitution -- they think that they can use Corey's false arrest against him regardless.  This attempt to cynically manipulate ignorance belies claims of community among cannabis users, and its conduct says nothing good about Denver.  The anonymous posters above should be agents provocateurs paid by the prohibitionists, but may just be cannabis-using volunteers instead.  What do you suppose the prospects are for a political movement to legalize cannabis based upon ignorance of the laws and Constitution?

Anotheranon
Anotheranon

You're like a teabagger screaming "keep your government hands of my medicare!" -- you have no idea how the right to free speech actually works. Keep up the shouting through the bullhorn, loser. It'll get you far!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The more all the anonymous poster writes, the clearer it becomes that he represents the campaign for Initiative #30 and that all of his duplicity and insinuation is part of the deliberate smear campaign endorsed by its affiliates.  I did not realize that Russ Belville (of NORML) had launched a concerted campaign against all perceived enemies of the "so that driving under the influence of marijuana shall remain illegal" initiative until recently -- what state are you in Guest/Concerned Citizen/Doublestandards/Reality?  Are you a principle in the campaign, one of Russ' dupes, what?  I think that you should drop the pretense that any of the people Belville claims are "stoners against legalization" represent a personal threat of any kind to anyone and come clean about who you are and who you represent.  I'm not holding my breath in anticipation of honest dealing from your lot though.

Guest
Guest

My right to petition the government is being suppressed by the likely government informants, Mr. Donahue. Who else besides a government informant would work so hard to stop Colorado from being the first state to legalize marijuana?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I know exactly how free speech is suppressed:  in America we enjoy all the freedom of speech we can afford -- the herd respects the rich, who can afford a lot of speech, not someone who uses a bullhorn -- I get that.  Your mistake is your perception that the status quo just needs a slight adjustment, that conflict is to be avoided, and that we can reason with our enemies and persuade them to give us what we want -- the opposite is the case.

My use of a bullhorn is at all times appropriate to the situations in which I use it.  I just used it yesterday -- not to scream at politicians, but to communicate with motorists passing by the rally against the prohibition of cannabis held every last Saturday of the month in front of the Capitol from 3-5pm -- we get a good response.  Here's some of what I yelled:  "America is no longer the 'land of the free', we imprison more people than any other nation on Earth!  Over three percent of the entire population of the United States is in jail or in prison, on parole or probation -- our laws against drugs, especially cannabis are to blame.  The next time you sing our national anthem, remember that the answer to the question:  "Does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o'er ... the land of the free" is "NO!",  "Tell Hypocrite Hick to stop pushing alcohol on Colorado and to re-legalize and tax cannabis, a far safer drug.", "Call Congress today -- tell them to de-fund the DEA!" -- these are challenging messages, and they are meant to be.  This is usually how I employ a bullhorn (as opposed to screaming into politician's faces, if anyone is stupid enough to believe that).

My advocacy over the past three years has mostly been written and verbal testimony before various governmental bodies and in print -- the caricature of me as an out-of-control screamer urged upon readers by anonymous posters here has nothing to do with reality.  Participate in the political process related to cannabis and you will see me in action -- if you don't already know that most of what my detractor(s) here write are innuendo and outright lies, you'll learn it then.  Acquiring direct knowledge and striving for justice is much preferable to sitting behind a computer and being subjected to an unending barrage of disinformation from people trying to take advantage of people's ignorance.  I am proud of my record of activism, but the gap between our political needs and our resources is vast -- we need more intelligent, educated people to join the fight.

P.S.  Not to blow my own horn, but if you cannot or will not participate in the political process, all you have to do to discover some of what I do is to search here or use Google.

Robert ChaseColorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers(720) 213-6497

Guest
Guest

Go fuck yourself, you neurotic dipshit.  You scream at people in public and then when others kick you and your loudmouth asshole buddies out of meetings, you try to claim a Constitutional right to disrupt those who disagree with you.

You are nothing but a sad little man with nothing else to do but cause trouble. You try to claim that those who see your behavior as improper as agents of the police, which just proves your own paranoid idiocy, nothing more.

Why in the fuck would anyone posting here want you unstable dipshits to know their names? To be able to track them down? You have proven again and again that you care much less about cannabis and MMJ patients than you do about your own warped little agenda and neurosis.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Keep peddling your lies and ignorance here anonymously -- I'm sure that someone is stupid enough to believe something you write.  You could learn much by participating in the process, as I have, but you make do with a little disinformed rhetoric instead.

Guest
Guest

Next time you guys should hold your meeting in a private residence or business so this fucking moron can't do a thing but whine.

Guest
Guest

It is obvious that Donohue, Chase, Lopez and lot of others do not understand how the 1st Amendment actually works. It does not give you to right to disrupt meetings and intimidate people. Read the very first sentence, you fucking moron -- "Congress shall make no law...."

Keep screaming and whining. You make yourself more obviously pathetic with every moan.

Bichote420
Bichote420

Why is he being arrested again?

This Name
This Name

Well, if you watch the video you can clearly see he is being arrested for disturbing the peace. This apparently turned into a trespassing charge after he refused to leave after being asked by the authorities.... He also apparently used 'fighting words' with the Boulder PD.

Its VERY clear from this video that he was disturbing the peace... simply from the fact that when he was in that room there was no one in it (save 2 or 3 people), however, when the person who videotaped this event comes back into the room RIGHT AFTER Corey was hauled off, the room is packed with people. Clearly these people left the room, or did not enter because Corey was disturbing the peace. When he was removed the peace was restored, and they all came back into the room. Its really very black and white.

I hope the book gets thrown in the face of this molester.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Anonymous POS has so little respect for viewers' intelligence that he lies in the face of the evidence of the video!  Boulder and Emmett Reistroffer should attempt to settle; I'd say $1,000,000 would not be too much in punitive damages for their blatant contempt of the First Amendment.

Guest
Guest

Like the right to petition the government - which Mr. Donahue does not give 2 cents about . . . 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Anonymous Ignoramus:  the Bill of Rights applies to the States and the City of Boulder too.

Guest
Guest

How was Congress involved in this exactly, you fine civil rights analyst, you? Bwahahahahahaha. You're fucking pathetic.

Guest
Guest

As in "you're a paranoid, delusional and loudmouthed jackass"? Cuz that's you Bob. You're a failure in every way.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

 you + are = you're, as in:  "you're a cop."

This Name
This Name

Robert: Your so respectful. Do you stick up for all criminals and molesters?

Cry all you want. Corey Donahue is clearly going to get convicted, on this charge, AND the petition stealing charge. Its what happens to criminals.... they wind up in the criminal justice system.

My question is - What criminal act is he going to commit next? Rape? Sodomy? Assault? Embezzlement?

Anyone want to start a betting pool?

Emmy
Emmy

For the people who believe that Donahue's Consitutional Right's were not violated...you might as well take your seat now and accept the fact that you don't care if our citizen's rights are violated.  Oh and by the way, this man is very intelligent and knows how to use it!

-Emmy

Intelligent? I think not.
Intelligent? I think not.

Emmy: Clearly you have never met this monster. These are 2 of his milder quote from today.

"If I am not welcome why would I give two shits about being professional?

"I don't represent your community I am fighting against your community, or have I not made that perfectly clear? Oh and how is implying i lack common sense any worse then me questioning your education?"These are from a conversation where he was attacking a highly respected industry individual who was asking him not to leave comments on her facebook page...Please telling me... how is this intelligent?

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

HE'S A MONSTER !!!!

Corey Needs Mental Help
Corey Needs Mental Help

True that... Apparently Corey Donahue has a thing for molesting.... Read the last about him grabbing a reporters testicles... Corey Donahue describes it as a "Nut tap joke gone bad" the person who it happened to calls it sexual assault, and I call it attempted sexual molestation.

What's next? His Corey going to start molesting children next?

http://blogs.westword.com/late...

Guest
Guest

By obstructing the petitioning process you are violating the right of every citizen of this whole state.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

I just wish someone could properly discredit me, your their last hope, protect the URL with your life.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I'll save the URL and if anyone ever questions your monstrosity again, I'll triumphantly refer them to this page!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Your quotes are inaccurate; I believe that Corey knows the difference between "then" and "than" (unlike yourself).  Very decorative ellipses!

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