130 arrests or citations during 4/20 at Civic Center Park is way too many, attorney says
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.)
"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.
Click to see more images by photographer Kyle Huninghake from our 4/20 at Civic Center slide show.
"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.