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130 arrests or citations during 4/20 at Civic Center Park is way too many, attorney says

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Rob Corry.
Yesterday, Rob Corry, attorney and speaker for the 4/20 rally at Civic Center Park, dismissed complaints about the event from the anti-pot group Smart Colorado as "hysterical."

He's similarly critical of the Denver police arresting or citing 130 people (as well as jailing 22) at an event he otherwise sees as an unalloyed success.

Corry has nothing but good things to say about a variety of 4/20 events. "I went to the Cannabis Cup on Saturday, and that was excellent," he notes. "And I went to the rally on Sunday, and it went very smoothly. Overall, I think it was a success -- although there were too many citations for public smoking."

Indeed, Corry is agog over the 130 arrests or citations over the course of the weekend -- a figure that dwarfs the five arrests or citations in 2013. (We've asked the Denver Police Department for 2012 figures, but representatives have not yet gotten back to us. When and if they do, we'll add that information.)

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Click to see more images by photographer Kyle Huninghake from our 4/20 at Civic Center slide show.
"I didn't witness a single citation being issued firsthand," he says, "but I did see quite a large police presence. Based on what I saw, they seemed to be exercising restaint, but I would not characterize over 100 citations as restraint.

"Obviously, the crowd was larger" than in past years, he acknowledges. "But that number [of arrests and citations] is much too high."

As he's done in the past, Corry is offering to defend for free anyone who wants to take a 4/20 citation or arrest to a jury trial. "If the City of Denver wants to spend its time in front of juries to see if a jury will convict on this, that's their choice," he allows. "If so, I'm happy to do it."

In William Breathes's account of the 4/20 rally, he quotes Corry telling a crowd shortly before 4:20 p.m. about "a moment of freedom." Breathes interpreted that phrase as giving de facto permission for attendees to light up, even though organizers agreed to discourage public marijuana smoking, which is against state law.

But Corry disagrees with that take.

Continue for more of our interview with Rob Corry about arrests, citations and the 4/20 rally, including a video.


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Justin Day
Justin Day

For the thousands that attended from out of state and not knowing all of our laws. I would say the city of Denver did a great job of enforcing them. I am for the legilzation of marijauna but at the same time you shouldn't be lighting up on the 16th st mall. I saw a majority of these tickets while pedicabbing this weekend.

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

I am with you and I smoke. Having a pot rally is akin to playing quarters in order to get drunk. Just do it within the confines of the law or risk the $150 ticket FOR BREAKING THE LAW. Have I smoked in public,yes?! both before and after the passing of A64 but I know the risks involved and as an adult I make that choice. CAN'T DO THE TIME ,DON'T DO THE CRIME!!!! Sean Valdez,you need to grow up

Ben Lucero
Ben Lucero

For one the city does not need the money, two we ask should abide the law and rules just for our own self respect and others not to mention we wanted this bill to pass BIG RESPONSIBILITY. Three GROW THE FUCK UP quit making this shitty for the rest of us

Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

@Rob Jennings why are you always leaving these negative mile long comments on EVERY Westword article about pot is it not obvious yet that no one cares about your backward ass views? Cannabis is rightfully legal in CO so either get over it, get on board or get the f*** out

Jason Joyce
Jason Joyce

Not many. Apparently these citations are more important than duis. Amirite Alan Baird?

Adam Calkins
Adam Calkins

Comparing a marijuana rally to a Xanax rally? Are you serious? Lol

Geoff Frazier
Geoff Frazier

Rob Corry probably thinks there were too many arrests because HE has been arrested too many times to have a law license.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Beer festivals and taste events are allowed for in the law. If the marijuana industry wants to be regulated commerce then they should adhere to laws on the books. The problem is you have a clash of ideals in the marijuana movement. On one side you have the protest movement and on the other side you have the corporate profiteers and entrepreneurs. If I was investing in the business I'd say get rid of the protest counter culture associated with marijuana and move into a more subtle promotion and marketing of it. Tons of people on Xanax but you don't see giant Xanax rallies. Think about it.

Shonna Lynn Perrymond
Shonna Lynn Perrymond

is Denver that hard up for money? why don't they start issuing citations for these beer conventions then. god, it makes being a native seem so lame

Frank Wojcinski
Frank Wojcinski

break the law get arrested what is so hard about that??

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Please examine the bitter irony of your statement as you admit to not knowing about the incident but pass judgement anyways.

Sean Valdez
Sean Valdez

So why have a beer festival or taste? The taste of CO is unhealthy unsanitary, and to expensive lets just get rid of it all apologist.

Phil 'Thrill' Milleville
Phil 'Thrill' Milleville

they were enforcing the law. its their job to do so and its outs to break it! comparatively tho the amount of people to the amount of tickets was small. there should have been thousands written that day. fid you see the smoke rise at 420? shit...

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

As one of the main driving forces behind pot legalization , you would expect this from Cory. He is just being a good defense attorney.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Why blame the cops for people breaking the law? When the legalization crowd sold this law to the voters they were adamant that no public smoking would be allowed. That promise quickly went up in smoke. It's marijuana not the second coming of Jesus so I don't understand the need for the big rally. Why not just be happy it's legal and you can safely smoke at home? All those pot rallies do is make it easier for the police and Feds to record faces with recognition technology.

Nicholas Richter
Nicholas Richter

I don't know anything about what happened, but it's pretty safe to say police went to far. That's just what they do!

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

On tv every other person was smoking a joint

Ray Lakers
Ray Lakers

Kicked out of Coors Field on 4/21 as we were enjoying the smells of the game, no citation, no jail. #dabpilethree

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

Nothing says "take our movement seriously" like hiring a shotgun wielding, sex predator with anger issues as your organizations attorney. Corry is in this for one thing, $$$...

Stephanie Marie
Stephanie Marie

I'd like to see it compared to how many drinking citations are handed out for something like cinco de mayo or something comparable

Josh Jones
Josh Jones

The people in the gates that stayed in the center didn't get fined. It was the people who lacked common sense that were ticketed. It's not hard to understand. Smoking outside of the gates or right by the fence were in public view and those opposed to marijuana had to walk or drive past their clouds. People that knew how to respect others and follow the visual cues had no problems.

Tracy Beaman
Tracy Beaman

Is it illegal to smoke in public? Then it's justified!

C.J.
C.J.

So Rob Corry is just fine with A64 about the legalization of pot ... just not the part that it's illegal to smoke it in public. Got it. There should have been two more zeroes after that figure that DPD cited/arrested. You want the law? You get ALL of the law.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So habitual criminal Rob Corry -- a self-proclaimed author of that festering turd A64 -- is upset because A64 explicitly renounced public use and consumption of marijuana, and put that denunciation into the Constitution?


A64 = a CONTINUATION of CRIMINAL PROHIBITION against Marijuana ...to the financial benefit of the self-serving McShysters who wrote it.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Justin Day "For the thousands that attended from out of state and not knowing all of our laws"


What laws??


If they read the lazy lame-stream media like Wasteword and the LIES and DECEPTIONS promoted by the lying liars behind A64, they'd only know that Colorado LEGALIZED Marijuana.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... get REGULATED, bitch! ... you begged for it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Comparing marijuana to alcohol? Are you serious? Lol.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Thanks for weighing in Geoff, Wasteword should make this an upcoming comment of the day.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... and brain-dead bong-sucking puerile pot punks are always way behind the curve.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Shonna Lynn Perrymond "is Denver that hard up for money?"


The state needs to make up for the $35 MILLION shortfall in Marijuana Excise Tax revenue that the LYING LIARS behind A64 falsely promoted and promised.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... how many scofflaw stoners always want to change the subject to alcohol?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Strong words, Mike. If Fluffmaster Roberts had any balls he'd make it an upcoming comment of the day.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... and clueless lawbreaking stoners are all too ready to give it to them.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@C.J.  ... according to Rob Corry himself, he claimed to have co-authored A64, which included the denunciation regarding public use.


Perhaps he was drunk when he wrote that part ... or perhaps he wrote it ON PURPOSE to guarantee future $$ income from fools and tools who were too stupid to read A64 before they voted for it, falsely assuming it actually legalized marijuana.

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