Marijuana: Denver 4/20 festival argues Civic Center Park is its home, so smoking is allowed

marijuana.smoke.thinkstock.205x205.jpg
Photos and more below.
The Denver Police Department has historically looked the other way in regard to marijuana smoking during the annual 4/20 rally at Civic Center Park. But as we reported a few days back, rally organizers are concerned about threats to issue citations this year -- so much so that fest attorney Rob Corry has sent a letter to Denver's mayor and members of city council (see it below) offering a unique argument for why this activity should be permitted: smoking is allowed at home, and the park is the rally's home.

anti.marijuana.taxation.rally.1a.jpg
Photo by Alex Brown
Rob Corry addresses the crowd at a free joint giveaway at Civic Center Park last September.
Corry, who was himself cited for public pot smoking at Coors Field last September, notes in the letter that he was among those who helped draft Amendment 64, the measure that allows adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana. As such, he argues that those behind the law intended to promote "the efficient use of law enforcement resources," as well as "individual freedom," when it comes to cannabis.

He then quotes a passage from the amendment establishing that any entity that "occupies, owns or controls a property" has the right to regulate marijuana use there as a way of underscoring the maxim, "A man's home is his castle." And, he adds, "On 4/20, Denver's Civic Center Park is our 'Castle.'"

The letter adds: "As the permit holder for Civic Center Park on April 19-20, 2014, and consequently the entity that 'occupies or controls' this property, my clients and I respectfully advise the City and County of Denver that we will be 'otherwise regulating' the 'possession, consumption, use, display, transfer, distribution, sale, transportation, or growing of marijuana' by permitting the 'possession,' 'consumption,' 'use,' 'display,' 'transfer,' 'distribution,' and 'transportation' of marijuana by adults age 21+, and by 'prohibiting' the 'sale' and 'growing' of marijuana in the permitted area of Civic Center Park on April 19-20, 2014 during the permitted periods for the Annual 420 Rally."

anti.marijuana.taxation.rally.1b.jpg
Photo by Alex Brown
Miguel Lopez, organizer of the 4/20 rally, at the free-joint giveaway in Civic Center Park.
Is this assertion simply a political chess move meant to stave off a crackdown or a legally plausible position?

Continue for more about the possibility of citations at this year's 4/20 rally, including the complete Rob Corry letter.


My Voice Nation Help
215 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Thank JAH that the Authors of A64 EXPLICITLY declared that Driving Under the INFLUENCE of Marijuana shall REMAIN ILLEGAL !! ... behold the Financial Windfall for the Marijuana McShysters who wrote that piece of shit into the Colorado Constitution!



 *** Colorado troopers get training on spotting drivers under influence of pot ***

Colorado State Patrol troopers cited 60 people in January for driving offenses in which marijuana was believed to be involved, a CSP sergeant said Monday in reporting the first such numbers in the state.

Trends in stoned driving have proved difficult for state officials to track, and the State Patrol began keeping tallies on impaired-driving cases involving marijuana only in January. In that month, stoned-driving citations made up about 15 percent of the total impaired-driving citations for the month, Sgt. Mike Baker said.

"This is the first year we've had such specific, quantifiable totals for marijuana-related citations," Baker wrote in an e-mail. "We won't be able to make an educated, reasonable assessment about the effect of the new marijuana laws for a few years at the earliest."

The State Patrol cited 332 people in January for driving under the influence of alcohol. Another 17 people were believed to be under the influence of a drug other than marijuana.

The state is stepping up training so that law officers will be able to spot drivers who are high on marijuana and to differentiate them from drivers who are impaired by alcohol.


Pettit is among 25 state troopers who are taking an intensive nine-day course on how to recognize and prosecute drivers under the influence of marijuana.

"In my opinion, I think marijuana-impaired driving is going to become more prevalent, so this was a good opportunity to better detect these things," he said.

When Pettit finishes, he will join 50 other state troopers who are certified as specially trained drug recognition experts (DRE). State and federal officials are pushing to get more DRE officers on Colorado's roads and highways.



WillieStortz
WillieStortz

It's time to stop these pathetic stoners from disgracing the image of our great city.


I can't think of a more effective way of doing that than a billy club upside the head.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

I hope the Nazi's show up to celebrate Hitler's birthday. That will be such a great mix! LOL


Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

Vote out the mayor. Even if you agree with all his other policies. Run someone else just like him that is against prohibition. Simple as that. This guy isn't anything special. Replace him.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

If Civic Center Park is "home" then all the homeless who hang there are in their "home" ... and the police would need a warrant to roust them ... and Rob Corry and hundreds of stoners would be trespassing ...

Sounds reasonable.

Marc Khan
Marc Khan

Eating is still considered public consumption.....

Mozart99
Mozart99

Makes sense to me. If corporations can be humans, as our supreme court has said.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"He also says he will continue his policy of offering free legal assistance to anyone cited for marijuana smoking at the rally, no matter how many of them there are."

What's the saying? The attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client? What's to be said of the client who has a fool for an attorney? Can't be good.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"The Denver Police Department has historically looked the other way in regard to marijuana smoking during the annual 4/20 rally at Civic Center Park."

Not really. They've made it clear that they're videoing en masse, and they've arrested people for distribution when it's clear they weren't exactly selling it. Maybe they've decided not to arrest people for smoking it, but let's not claim it's more than that.

BTW, not being a smoker, there's never been a credible threat to yours truly.

That and, before reading the rest of the article, I'll give you that Corry seems to be out of his mind, even by his standards.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Bullshit!  Nothing in our Constitution requires that driving under the influence of cannabis be illegal.

redsoxfan
redsoxfan

@WillieStortz so being a sanctuary city for illegals is alright with you but adults smoking a now legal plant somehow upsets the balance in Denver. Give me a break.

magnoliaroadinc
magnoliaroadinc

@WillieStortz

Are you serious or are you being ironic? Because as a native to Colorado, a proud industry employee, and a card carrying medical patient, the image I would love to see Denver project is one of acceptance, non-violence, and INTELLIGENCE. I'll have you know that the children suffering from seizures and cancer and their respective "treatments" as well as their desperate families, who come to our great state FOR MARIJUANA are pretty proud of these so-called pathetic stoners. 420 may have originated as a somewhat defiant gathering of "deviant" people, but knowing what we know now to be true-cannabis helps sick people-it should be about more than that. It's about the freedom to use a substance as medicine if it cures your malady. It's also about responsible consumption of a substance proven to be safer than alcohol. It's about overcoming hateful stereotypes that have been perpetuated by powerful industries that are in no small way destroying our environment. More importantly, it's a gathering of people who understand that hate and violence doesn't help anyone and I'm proud as hell to be a part of it. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Brian Martinez Vote out the mayor. Even if you agree with all his other policies


Idiotic single-issue voter .. the bane of civilized progressive society.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@FreeTheWeed they would argue that the event has actually been given permit to have the park as a home and the homeless do not have permits, ever. 

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

... and therefore illegal thanks to the authors of Amendment 64.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Denise Ruth Myrup


HMMWJISIP?


How much marijuana would Jesus illegally smoke in public?


.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Yikes! That's what iCal tells me. Better not expect a record turnout.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  Just failing to cop out costs the City money and it has also resulted in many citations (for possession) being dropped.

Quit dissing Rob and please read my letter to the City, before Donkey buries it on page three of the comments.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I'll give Corry his idea that the best thing for the PD to do is nothing. They've done it before because it was the smartest thing to do. 

This is mostly about the egos of authoritarians versus the resolve of activists to change the law by breaking it. I'm betting if they went with the status quo, nothing substantial will happen, but if they go in and "crack down," Denver will make national news for all the wrong reasons.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Robert Chase <== lying cunt.

From A64 "Driving under the influence of marijuana shall remain illegal"

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@KathleenChippi


Permits to use property are issued by the property OWNER -- the city -- and come with TERMS and CONDITIONS of use.


One of those terms and conditions is NO PUBLIC POT USE or other VIOLATIONS of LAW.


hth.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident Our Council is so stupid (and much of it, senescent) that it has created a difficult situation -- for the City, not the Rally.  Most probably imagine that no confrontation is likely, or that blame for it will not fall on them.  We shall see.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@KathleenChippi


So the Petulant Pot Punks want to protest the prohibitions of the pathetic A64 which they wrote, promoted and passed?


Now you know why it has taken DECADES for diaper-brained stoners to even take this "baby step".


hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase 


Why is rec. marijuana so harmful and dangerous that NO ADULT under 21 yrs old should be allowed ANY LEGAL ACCESS to it -- not a single gram, not a single plant, under full penalty of criminal law?



RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  Of course, there shouldn't be anyone at the Rally still subject to that degree of parental control -- not using cannabis, at least.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@RobertChase @Cognitive_Dissident  

I sorta hope you're right. 

However, despite the ongoing secularization of the American population, I'm pretty sure most families still take the opportunity to spend most of the day together, and I cannot imagine the discussion that ensues when the kids excuse themselves to go to a pot rally. I think I've been to a few family dinners like that, though. My bet is Junior doesn't break out with the most eloquent defense of individual rights.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident I meant to add "family obligations" -- the kids are going to do whatever duty is set them, then come to the Rally.  You could be right, but I doubt that there will be noticeably fewer attendees because its Easter -- many people no longer celebrate it.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@RobertChase @Cognitive_Dissident  

Are you completely unaware that a large portion of the Colorado population spends Easter with family? Did you think people were going to rush their Easter meal so they could bring grandma, grandpa and all the kids to a pot rally? Say it isn't so? Because it isn't going to happen!

Thats why I write that!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  Post whatever you want to!  I just wrote not to diss him because of the reasons stated above; he's certainly not above criticism, I just criticized him, and other posters can complain to their heart's content about whatever they want.  From what I read about the confrontation at the Rockies' game, it does not seem his finest hour -- "no".

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@RobertChase @Cognitive_Dissident  In response to your defense of Corry. You get to post a defense of Corry and tell me not to diss him, then I don't get to respond? Realize, this was after you came to his defense.

You didn't answer the question, either, and a simple "no, I'm not good with it" or "yes I am" would have sufficed.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident
"You're good with the baseball game bullshit?" solicits my opinion, and in context, it sure looks like I am expected either to support or disavow his behavior -- I do a little of both, but I am generally disinclined to criticize publicly those I consider assets to the movement, and for all of his faults, I consider Rob such.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@RobertChase @Cognitive_Dissident  

You know what? I was responding to one in a chain of responses to a post instructing me not to "diss Rob." I never asked you to come to his defense. Why pretend I did?


"Quit dissing Rob and please read my letter to the City, before Donkey buries it on page three of the comments."

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  Cripes!  I am not Rob's defense attorney, nor is it incumbent on me to criticize his public consumption in this context, because I do not consider it germane.  Having said that, the campaign against Proposition AA and Referred Question 2A was botched (in part, because Rob allowed others' pettiness to interfere with it) and his citation at the Rockies did not help either, though I consider the former much more harmful than the latter.  The results made it clear how difficult a task we had set ourselves.  I still think that had we made the case to conservatives that the taxes would be spent by Democrats and that the entire retail system was their creation (it was; as I recall, only five Republican Senators supported HB13-1318), we might have been able to shake loose some real political money, enough to carry a message to voters in the media, and at least have narrowed the margin of our overwhelming loss.  It's kind of difficult to carry elections when the media suppress substantive debate -- had the DP not had the joint giveaways to tut-tut over or Rob's citiation to cover, it would have completely ignored the campaign against the taxes.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@FreeTheWeed I was referring to Rob's conduct as an activist attorney, not every stray incident from his personal life.  As for your list of wrongs, I do not believe it is accurate; at least the first item -- I don't believe Rob was even accused of rape.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

How is raping a drunken nearly unconscious woman "on the side of justice"?

How is brandishing and pointing a shotgun at people while drunk "on the side of justice"?

How is cheating on your wife, fucking the nanny for your newborn child and getting her pregnant "on the side of justice"?

Be specific.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  mmm -- we all make mistakes.  Rob is able, he is on the side of Justice, and he has done some excellent service to the cause of ending Prohibition; I can excuse a great deal.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase "Our Council is so stupid"


And who -- exactly -- elects that Council?


Same morons who voted for that festering turd A64 ??

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...