Free "dab buses" featured at latest pot-tax protest and joint giveway

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Update below: Attorney Rob Corry still isn't talking about his recent public pot smoking bust. But he's got lots to say about No on Proposition AA, a campaign fighting a marijuana tax measure up for vote in November. He's already helped organize joint giveaway rallies in Denver and Boulder. Now, Corry and company plan a protest outside today's fundraiser for supporters of Proposition AA, with free joints supplemented by "dab buses" adult attendees can visit at no charge. Below, see a Corry Q&A and details about the latest event, plus photos from previous ones.

As we've reported, the No on Prop AA forces don't object to the concept of taxing recreational marijuana in general. But they feel the rates set by Proposition AA -- a 15 percent excise tax and a 10 percent sales tax that can be raised to 15 percent without an additional vote -- are too high, especially given that they will be supplemented by local and standard sales taxes.

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Rob Corry at last month's free-joint rally in Boulder.
These views were espoused at the aforementioned gatherings in Denver and Boulder, at which free joints were given to attendees 21 and over -- something that's legal under Amendment 64, which allows legal adults to use and possess small amounts of marijuana.

The latest protest is related to Corry says is a Yes on Proposition AA fundraiser this evening at the Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte Street; Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to attend, with the reported price of taking part ranging from donations of $1,000 to $5,000.

We reached out to Yes on Prop AA spokesman Joe Megyesy about the event and the planned protest, and (Update) he confirms that such a fundraiser is taking place tonight, with Governor Hickenlooper expected to attend and donation requests as described above. As for the protest, he says, "I think it shows that the contrast between our two campaigns is stark. We're engaged in responsibly regulating marijuana in Colorado and fulfilling the promise made to 55 percent of Colorado voters who passed Amendment 64 with the notion that it would pay for its own regulation. And we think we should focus on policy, not on political or media stunts."

Megyesy adds that approving Proposition AA will help convince "the federal government that it doesn't need to interfere with Colorado's efforts to responsibly regulate marijuana." Moreover, "passing a tax and demonstrating to the government that we can create revenue for them will make the government much more apt to create a fix for the marijuana industry's problems with banking and financial services," which he identifies as "one of the key struggles the industry in Colorado is facing right now."

For his part, Corry answered a series of questions about the protest, which will run from 4:20 p.m. to 7 p.m. this evening, with two parking spaces reserved near the Denver Beer Co. for the aforementioned dab buses. A No on Proposition AA press release and full details follow the Q&A and photos from the Denver rally at Civic Center Park in September.

Westword: Why did you decide to stage the latest free-joint rally as a protest to the Yes on Proposition AA event?

Rob Corry: Working men and women were disappointed that the Governor of our fine state has sold himself for $1,000-$5,000 to raise money for The Marijuana Cartel that commits daily federal crimes such as out-of-state diversion. Many voters would love to meet the Governor, but do not have $5,000 to pay for the privilege. We are also attempting to demonstrate "real time" that this excessive tax -- the highest tax in Colorado history -- cannot work since there will be many avenues for people to obtain marijuana without paying any taxes. Also, my friend Brian Vicente [co-author of Amendment 64 and co-chairmen of Yes on Proposition AA] enjoys taking personal credit for various things, but refuses our invitation to debate about "The Vicente Tax." Since he and I are both attorneys, he must agree that Truth can emerge from a fair debate where both sides can be heard. [Today], we are taking the debate to them.

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Corry speaks to the crowd at the Boulder rally.
WW: Is it your view that Proposition AA is biased in favor of wealthy dispensary owners and hurts people without as many financial resources?

RC: Yes, that is the view of the "No on Prop AA" campaign. The large dispensaries that make up the few members of so-called "MEDICAL Marijuana Industry Group" (MMIG, an Amendment 64 opponent) are salivating about the excessive tax as a bludgeon against smaller "Mom and Pop" organic shops that have quality cannabis but serve a smaller clientele. Sales taxes and excise taxes are inherently regressive and harm poor people disproportionately. The Limousine Liberal Democrat Governor Hickenlooper wants to overtax the people since he, too, wishes for the failure of Amendment 64. The Cartel's larger dispensaries know they will be able to cheat even more effectively on taxes if The Vicente Tax passes since they are larger and harder to track.

WW: How would you describe the "dab buses"?

Continue for more of our Q&A with Rob Corry, including photos and details about today's event.



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stuka1
stuka1

Megyesy:  "passing a tax and demonstrating to the government that we can create revenue for them will make the government much more apt to create a fix for the marijuana industry's problems with banking and financial services,"

That is a lie.  The two issues are ENTIRELY separate.

stuka1
stuka1

"I think it shows that the contrast between our two campaigns is stark. We're engaged in responsibly regulating marijuana in Colorado and fulfilling the promise made to 55 percent of Colorado voters who passed Amendment 64 with the notion that it would pay for its own regulation. And we think we should focus on policy, not on political or media stunts."

So all the PropAA  idiots have to promote their idiotic punitive tax is Argumentum Ad Hominem against the movement against PropAA.  Great:  "Vote for our exorbitant tax because the people protesting against it are doing it wrong."  Real good reason to vote for the largest tax on anything ever. /sarc

Randy Boog Varnell
Randy Boog Varnell

that is the best way to enjoy a $5,000 plate of food. all dabbed up.

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

We haven't been given anything...this is the will of the people. I do agree that they need to quit making an issue of the taxation, but it definitely was given.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

As Donkey would say, with puerile pot punks like this it's no wonder it's been illegal all these years.

plantdoctor
plantdoctor

What I'd pay to give Hick his first dab LMAO! 

timebandit
timebandit

Greedy assholes. Why not tax our 'legal' weed and have it all go towards public education? sheeeesh Let's just be good fucking human beings for once.

Jacki Backner
Jacki Backner

Why can't people just be happy...We voted this in, and anyone who voted should have actually read all the details...take what we have fucking been giving and be thankful!

Monkey
Monkey

"passing a tax and demonstrating to the government that we can create revenue for them will make the government much more apt to create a fix for the marijuana industry's problems with banking and financial services," 

Passing a tax wont do any of that. Consumers shouldn't have to pay for industry regulations, the industry should pay for that through license and application fees. If the regulators need more money to show enforcement can be profitable, they should sell more licenses, not tax customers. Consumers have paid the government enough during prohibition, now that it's supposedly legal, it's time to give consumers a break and make the industry pay off the government for the privilege of selling people weed without prosecution.

russ117
russ117

How many people can you count in the Page 1 photo that were opponents of Amendment 64 in the first place?  At least one, obviously, wearing that sentiment on his t-shirt.

The rest of the nation is watching this battle over taxes on legal weed stores that would raise the price to *gasp* $185 an ounce and shaking their heads.  48 other states still have to pay the "prohibition tax" up to $500 ounces, and the 1 other state with legal weed will have 25% + 25% + 25% + state & local sales taxes to contend with.

Ah, to have Colorado's problems, where some people who smoke pot and claim to be for legalization opposed it when it made the ballot, then once it passes, oppose the taxation necessary for the regulations to work.

What I don't understand is that if "Marijuana will not be contained. It will not be restrained. It will not be over-taxed." then what is the urgent need to oppose AA?  If it passes and those taxes are too high and people return to black market purchasing or just growing their own, the gov't won't get its money and will have to reconsider the tax rates, no?  Isn't the only reason to oppose AA the fear that when it passes, the taxes aren't too high and consumers are willing to pay them, thus undercutting future attempts to lower them?

Enjoyed the interview, though.  I rarely watch FOX News, so getting to read such ad hominem Luntz-style framing like "limousine liberal", "Vicente tax", "government jackals", and "our Cartel opponents" (meaning legal medical marijuana industries, not the actual drug cartels of Mexico) is a bonus.  The opposition to AA from these people seems less about the actual issue (since they say they are for some taxation, but 10% + 15% is too much) and more knee-jerk libertarian "I hate taxes and the gubmint" reflex.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

Someone from out of state told me that the cannabis activists would probably take a vacay after the rec vote. I told him that he really didn't know them very well.....lol.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Tax it until it generates the $40 MILLION annually that lyin' Brian Vicente and the dishonest A64 pimps promissed.

Monkey
Monkey

Why would anyone be in favor of over taxed warehouse weed in a state that allows us to grow, use, possess, display, transport, transfer and assist each other with good weed? Thankfully, me and the people I care about will continue to consume much higher quality buds without paying any sales or excise taxes. If the regulators need more money for enforcement, they should sell more licenses, not tax the dumb who shop at stores for their weed because they don't know any better. That's like taking advantage of the retarded.

stuka1
stuka1

@Mane Rok  

What was given was that it be taxed IN A MANNER SIMILAR TO ALCOHOL, dumbass.  Is ALCOHOL taxed at 50%?

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@Mane Rok this was NOT the will of the people.  An additional 15% SIN sales tax was never brought up.  64 was marketed as "like alcohol" and the excise for school construction was 0-15%.  Our general Assembly decided to rachet it up to 30% plus all other state and local taxes.  That is anywhere from 38% to 52.6%.   NOTHING  in America is taxed like this, especially the safest therapeutic substance known to man that causes no harm to society.

How about YOU voluntarily send the DoR an equal tax of 38% on your favorite drug of choice...you know the one YOU PARTAKE of EVERY DAY.....caffeine?  sugar?  skiing? 

stuka1
stuka1

@plantdoctor 

 Or to slip him a Cheeba Chew for dessert at this fundraiser....maybe half an hour before he got up to speak...heh....

stuka1
stuka1

@Jacki Backner 

We DID read it.  and there was NOTHING in it about ~50% in taxes.  Apparently YOU STILL haven't read it.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@russ117
I call you on your BS russ117.  How about YOU look at the tax a 'different' way?  Reality.

As IF 76 years of ruining millions of peoples lives based on a LIE hasn't been enough of a price (TAX) to pay?  

The voters THINK they legalize but nobody reads and comprehends and they pass intentionally vague language written by MPP that can be turned 180 degrees from the voters intent by the state and local governments.  

You understand this was marketed "like alcohol"?  
You understand alcohol is taxed at less than 1% with a high of 2.9%?  
You understand Colorado licenses 14,000 plus liquor licenses, with 12 employee's and a yearly budget of 1.6 million?   

Do you understand that good old 1937 Prohibition was THE Marijuana TAX Act?  
You understand prohibition has failed?

You understand that the medical model (hb10-1284) A64 just 'adopted' to 'regulate' promised to put 80% of the open 3,000 plus businesses in 2010 out of business?

You understand the medical model extorted over 10 million in licensing fee's that was blown (so said the state auditor) while no laws were enforced in three years?
You realize a monopoly has been 'controlling' the states MMJ?

You understand the state only licensed 300 MMJ businesses in 3 years with 10 million?  
You understand the yes on the tax SCAMpaign are now saying they could need $40-80 million to regulate maybe 300 businesses, yearly?

You understand the Dept of Rev received an F in the overall MMJ audit?
You understand the CDPHE also FAILED it's state audit?  
You understand that the CDPHE has over 12 million dollars from PATIENTS that it shouldn't have (according to the Constitution) and the state audit?   

You understand the state is now using a failed model and the FAILURE wasn't do to lack of money.  Didn't you read the 'MMJ pot cops" paid the CO Dept of Corrections $28,000 for 4 desk extenders, made by SLAVE INMATES..... $1,200 office chairs, -- Yeah, the DOC got over $250,000 for office furniture that was never delivered.....

The yearly budget for the CBI is 8.6 million (all murder, rape, molesters, violent crime) and the state now wants $60-80 million to 'regulate' marijuana alone?  RFID chipping the safest therapeutic substance known to man seed to sale, while the plutonium at Rocky Flats just flooded across the state, UN-TRACKED?

It will be un American for anyone to vote yes on taxation w/o representation for any product, especially if they would not tax themselves the same additional 30% on their personal favorite recreational drug, sport, activity whatever.  

Anyone who is under the age of 76 and living in the US has been obscenely TAXED under the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.  Taxed financially.  Taxed emotionally, when family's are ripped apart as 'users' slave labor for 80 cents a day in for profit private prisons for non violent cannabis 'charges'.  

Monkey
Monkey

@russ117 The reason to oppose AA is because it's unnecessary. License and application fees should more than cover the cost of regulations.  A64 had no mention of additional sales taxes, and if it did, it would have received less votes. This is simply a money grab by government officials who opposed A64, like Hickenlooper. Kind of like a punishment for those who want to buy weed like alcohol. Prices are down because of supply and demand, but lower prices is no reason to support higher taxes, unless you're the one receiving that tax money, or that money makes your business look good, then it's a great idea to support it.

Toches
Toches

@Monkey Oh come on, it's not easy to get a connection if you just move to a city. Have some pity for those who are not as well-connected as you.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Fools who shop at dispensaries deserve to be taken advantage of. Tax then until they grow a brain.

stuka1
stuka1

@stupidstuka  "Tax then..."


Oh, look at the pathetic loser who can't even put two words together in English.


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