Marijuana: Attorney Rob Corry on today's free-joint rally in Boulder

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Big photos below.
As we've reported, a protest against marijuana taxation measure Proposition AA is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. today on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, complete with free joints for attendees.

The event, and an invitation for Vice President Joe Biden to participate, has already come under fire from the Yes on Proposition AA campaign, but co-organizer Rob Corry (seen here) defends it. Get both takes, and see photos from the first free-joint protest, staged at Civic Center Park earlier this month.

Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, are expected to tour flood-ravaged portions of Boulder County today -- and since he'll be in the area, Corry sent a letter to the Vice President inviting him to take part in the free-joint handout. Why? Because "he already does just that through the Federal Compassionate New Drug Investigational Program," he told us via e-mail, adding, "We hope that Biden's visit to Colorado on the same day will bring more attention to this tax increase and will enhance our flood relief efforts."

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Vice President Joe Biden at an Arvada West High School campaign rally in November 2012.
Joe Megyesy, communications director with the Committee for Responsible Regulation, which supports the passage of Proposition AA (an initiative that calls for a 15 percent excise tax and a sales tax of 10-15 percent on recreational cannabis sales), is critical of this tactic. In a statement provided to Westword, Megyesy writes:
The No on AA campaign should be ashamed of itself for trying to capitalize upon a tragedy in order to advance their own political beliefs. We can debate the merits of a free joint giveaway, but I think we should all be in agreement that making light of people's suffering, as if a little marijuana can make it better, is inappropriate. The sad irony is that they are attempting to defeat a measure that will provide tens of millions of dollars annually for public school construction. This is money that could benefit some of the communities hit hard by the recent flooding.
As for Corry, he addresses criticism of the first free-joint giveaway at the outset of an e-mail interview about today's event. Read the conversation below, interspersed with and followed by photos from the Civic Center rally.

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Photo by Alex Brown
Civic Center rally co-organizer Miguel Lopez at a table where he helped dispense the free joints.
Westword: Some observers criticized the first Prop AA rally/joint giveaway. Did you consider it to be a success?

Rob Corry: The criticism of our historic event came either from the pro-AA campaign and/or anti-Amendment 64 politicians. To my knowledge, no one who opposes Proposition AA criticized our event. The free joint giveaway was a resounding success; people are now talking about the largest tax increase in Colorado history, when before this was a "stealth" campaign from the pro-tax side. The contrast between our campaign kickoffs says it all: ours was a people-centric, positive, energetic event, where the thousands of people present all had smiles on their faces. Theirs was a handful of politicians in the shadow of the Bastille. We peddled happiness (for free), they peddled fear (with a price).

Continue for more of our interview with free-joint-rally co-organizer Rob Corry, including photos from the first such giveaway at Civic Center Park.


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22 comments
Mnizzle
Mnizzle

Hey - whatever happened to the cannabis troll "Donkey_Hotay"

or is Cognitive_Dissident / someone else a sock puppet?


Anyone know?  (not asking YOU, cog)

WSMFP
WSMFP

widespread paniccccccccccccc

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

It's really excellent to be in a State where we can grow, possess and distribute cannabis free from persecution and in the public realm.  Things have moved so far thanks to all of the Ganja Warriors and Rob Corry!  Let's all get high and have fun!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"'[Thou] shalt not steal' applies to politicians too."

Excellent!

"Boulder is a sane place, like Denver, and has a sense of proportionality on this issue."

Let's not get hyperbolic. Boulder is anything but sane. In fact, from what I've read, I'd say Washington state is handling the passing of their initiative much better than Colorado law enforcement, overall.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"The No on AA campaign should be ashamed of itself for trying to capitalize upon a tragedy..."

Rob Corry isn't the one flying in for a photo op. The scumbag who said this is one of those who likes to act indignant for political gain.

"The sad irony is that they are attempting to defeat a measure that will provide tens of millions of dollars annually for public school construction."

The irony here is that the "tax 'em 'til it hurts" crowd didn't know a good thing when they saw the 15% excise tax written into A64 and had to get greedy, and now they have to defend their greedy plan, or they'll get nothing.

jamesmcvaney
jamesmcvaney

Vote NO on AA!

Over taxation on anything just ain't right!

JimTom
JimTom

Isn't it illegal to give out weed? This state and the bullshit cartel implemented A64 are a joke. So we are already not inforcing A64 rules and laws?

stuka1
stuka1

@JimTom"Isn't it illegal to give out weed?"

YOU don't KNOW???????   SERIOUSLY????? 


All the trolling you've done here for the past year and you don't even know that it's legal to give away???? Did you ever READ A64???   What a fuckwit you are!

JDGM
JDGM

@JimTom it is perfectly legal to give away marijuana to adults over 21.

At least give the laws a skim over before you start bitching about them, man.

JimTom
JimTom

@stuka1 @JimTom Let me restate, it is illegal to give away weed. Why are these people not being arrested? Is that better Sucka1?

JimTom
JimTom

@JDGM @JimTom Stopped reading the crap when I got to the part that says it is closed market controled by the MMJ cartel Not much sense in reading the rest of the piece of shit. Nice job A64 voters. you created one of the biggest pot cartels in the world.

JimTom
JimTom

@stuka1 Growing a brain would give me two and put me two ahead of most Westword readers.

JimTom
JimTom

If I'm a troll I guess that makes you a goat?

JimTom
JimTom

@stuka1 So you are saying not one of those people smoked any of the joints right there in public? And none of them were handed to someone under 21? You my friend are either as stupid as you sound or just plain ingnorant. A64 rules and laws were broken and there is no way they weren't. I bet it will take me about 30 seconds to find a picture with a smoke cloud in it. And remember it can't be cigs becasue it is illegal to smoke in public in Boulder.

stuka1
stuka1

(3) Personal use of marijuana.  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE FOLLOWING ACTS ARE NOT UNLAWFUL AND SHALL NOT BE AN OFFENSE UNDER COLORADO LAW...(c) TRANSFER OF ONE OUNCE OR LESS OF MARIJUANA WITHOUT REMUNERATION TO A PERSON WHO IS TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.

JimTom = Stupid fucking idiot troll, doesn't even know it's legal under A64 to give it away.  Why don't you grow a fucking brain before you post anything else here?

stuka1
stuka1

@JimTom IF you had bothered to pay any attention at all instead of shooting your idiot mouth off, you would know that they checked IDs TWICE -- once while people were standing in line, and once when they claimed their free joint.   And you would know that several people brought the cannabis. It's simply not that much per person. And you would also know that Corry and the organizers didn't consume in public and advised everyone to not consume it in public.   No broken laws, just idiot Chicken Littles like JimTom squealing that the sky is falling.

stuka1
stuka1

@JimTom @stuka1 "Let me restate, it is illegal to give away weed. Why are these people not being arrested?"

Dumbass, you STILL DON'T KNOW that it's legal to give it away????

JimTom
JimTom

@stuka1 I am partially wrong. Lets go this way are they checking ID's before giving out the weed? No so they have no clue if they are giving to people under 21. Broken law. Are they only bring an ounce or less per provider? If not they have exceeded their personal limit. Broken law. Are they cunsuming it and allowing their weed to be consumed in public? Broken law

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