Rob Corry touts state's first "pot club" on CNN, but is it all a publicity stunt?

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Inside Club 64.
Marijuana attorney Rob Corry made the TV rounds yesterday, appearing twice on CNN in stories about the opening of Club 64, which he dubbed the state's first legal pot smoking club.

Corry was on the Situation Room and also featured in the CNN Newsroom talking about his club, which isn't really a club so much as it's a floating party with no permanent location as of now. "It is legal, the voters of Colorado have spoken and the voters of Colorado legalized cannabis," Corry boasts over footage of Club 64's opening night.

"Freedom was in the house last night," he added, sounding about as hip as a rapping grandmother.

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Miguel Lopez.
The video showed about a half-dozen dudes lighting up in what looked otherwise to be a low-attended and stoned-quiet event. Interestingly, activist Miguel Lopez, who campaigned against Amendment 64, was in attendance praising the Colorado law and the club. "Let Denver serve as a beacon of hope for those who know and want to know what true freedom is all about," Lopez told CNN cameras.

Both of the video clips are fluff pieces, with the CNN reporters more enamored with the idea of people actually smoking pot in public than anything else. But the article on CNN.com accompanying the video touches on the other side of Club 64: a growing concern that Rob Corry is simply being a loudmouth drawing too much attention to himself and this issue too soon after voters approved it.

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Rob Corry with Club 64 co-owner Chloe Villano.
One unnamed activist says the club rubs the new laws in everyone's faces. Others have told us that they see this as Corry being selfish and testing waters that nobody really wants tested right now, and that he's fishing for a reaction from the government so he can push the issue and gain notoriety -- something he's been known to do in the past. (Remember when he recommended ignoring federal cease and desist letters?). And as several people have mentioned to me over the last 24 hours, we probably wouldn't like the initial knee-jerk reaction from government officials on this matter.

Even the Amendment 64 campaign seemed to distance themselves from this, CNN points out. "We can best demonstrate that regulation is a much safer approach to marijuana policy than prohibition through the careful and swift creation of regulated businesses," said Amendment 64 spokeswoman Betty Aldworth.

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CloudGang
CloudGang

The Government sure knows how to shift the focus from the business and an amendment that grants them [Government] the power to ignore our state constitution.

mass303
mass303

Publicity stunt? Now that's a bit of the pot calling the kettle black isn't it? I mean, that's one of the reasons why The Westword has a marijuana critic, right?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Marijuana Initiative That Would Close Most L.A. Pot Shops Heads For City Council ***

Two initiatives that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of Los Angeles are headed for the City Council and, possibly, the ballot.


The L.A. City Clerk's office today said both the initiatives have collected enough valid signatures to warrant a vote by the City Council, which must either approve them or send them to voters, likely in May.

One of the two initiatives would close down most of L.A.'s pot shops:

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/01/marijuana_initiatives_los_angeles_approved_signatures_make_ballot_may.php

*** REGULATION WORKS !! ***

This must be the domino effect of Colorado's "baby-step" ... LOL!


Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Rob Corry is a coward, if cannabis was legal then why not smoke in public? Although, GREAT PROPAGANDA WASTWORD!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Betty "the lying bitch" Aldworth and the rest of the Prevaricating Pimps behind A64 have ZERO credibility!

These are the same lying scumbags who falsely claimed A64 would prevent 10,000+ marijuana arrests every year.

Now sit back and watch the Pot Clown Circus burn its own tent to the ground with their obnoxious juvenile antics.


Matt Baca
Matt Baca

Pay $30 a year to bring your own pot to a warehouse, and sit at a table with people you don't know? Sounds awesome... I'm pretty sure you could go to the dispensary, buy a $30 1/8th, and meet a couple people in the waiting room that'd be down to smoke a bowl with you at your place, and play some XBox.

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson

I think Rob Corry should go away. That's what I think.

Monkey
Monkey

Rob is a weed lawyer, he needs weed laws challenged to make a living. If people quietly opened private clubs, no one would object, so his services would be un-necessary. He wants a spectacle, one that causes a disruption and divided opinions. He wants to be the solution to a problem he helped make, and his ego will sooner than later negatively effect us all. He has essentially broadcast his defense in such cases, giving prosecutors plenty of time to build a case against his specific arguments. He wants boundaries to be pushed, so boundaries are set, and he can make money defending people who step outside those boundaries. Defense attorneys need you to break the law, so it's in their best interest to make sure laws are in place for you to break. Rob wants us in court, if we are all allowed to open clubs, no one would go to court and need his services, so he is making sure anyone who opens a club will need his services soon.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Puerile Pot Punks Pissing on their own Party

Priceless!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"Both of the video clips are fluff pieces, with the CNN reporters more enamored with the idea of people actually smoking pot in public than anything else."

No, not in public. In a club w/prepaid membership.

kriscuster
kriscuster

It's the same party we have been going to the last two years at the Lab, only this time you paid 30 bucks and CNN was there

Big whoop. I love Chloe and the crew there and thought it was a brilliant idea.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CloudGang ... the DEA should be paying Rob Corry an agent-provateur reward for the damage and harm he does to the pro-marijuana movement ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Charles Gleason "Rob Corry is a coward"

... and a convicted sex offender ... and a registered Repuglican.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Baca  ... and still have the extra $$ to purchase your next 1/8th and a bag of Funyuns.

It was hilarious that Billy Breathes pimped Club64 as Colorado's first "hash bar" ... and that lying megalomaniacal alcoholic Corry falsely bills it as "America's First Cannabis Club".

Behold the Circus of Puerile Pot Clowns.

It really is no surprise that Marijuana is still illegal in the U$A after all these years.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mark Johnson ... it's amazing that he's even allowed to practice law in Colorado ... given his multiple criminal convictions -- involving firearms and sexual assault -- and his habitually unethical behavior and grossly unprofessional legal advice, among other blatant violations of the COBAR's Rules of Professional Conduct.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... self-destructive egomaniacs are as self-destructive egomaniacs do!

With the advance notice of this Puerile Pot Punkery, EVERY City and County in Colorado can easily craft preemptive legislation severely regulating the use of ANY commercial space/building for marijuana "clubs", via various zoning and licensing laws, as they do with Strip Clubs and Porn Shops.

They can also easily expand their No Smoking ordinances to include marijuana, thereby kicking pot smokers to the filthy gutter with the lowlife tobacco addicts.

And since A64 explicitly prohibits Public Use or Display, the ONLY lawful place anyone will be allowed to smoke will be in the privacy of one's own home -- provided they don't live in an apartment or subsidized housing where all smoking is prohibited anyway.


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay For the most part, you're right, but when you claim "the only lawful place anyone will be allowed to smoke will be in the privacy of one's own home," you overstate things. There are still "private" places outside your home, and I'm sorry if you don't understand that fact. It is certainly true that cities will push the envelope on zoning, but they're not going to zone out pot entirely--only commerce involving it. In this way, they may be able to zone out clubs, but they won't be able to zone out smokers--only in "public" places, because that's what the constitution says.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Wasn't here when you posted. I know you're here 24/7, but I'm not. Cue to get a life.

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