Published on October 1st, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Colorado marijuana attorney taken in for public pot use
Robert J. Corry, the marijuana activist and attorney who handed out free joints in Denver’s Civic Center park earlier this month, was arrested Wednesday for smoking marijuana in public during the Rockies game.
According to a police report, Corry and a woman were seen smoking a joint between a gate and the concourse at Coors Field when officers approached. An officer asked Corry to hand over the joint, and Corry responded, “No, I don’t have to, it’s legal,” according to the report.
Corry also cursed at officers, refused to comply with orders and told one officer, “You’re a stupid cop. You are going to make this easy for me. You can’t search me. It’s only a citation,” the report states.
Corry, 46, was arrested on suspicion of public consumption of marijuana and disobedience to a lawful order, according to the report. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
Corry is among the most prominent marijuana attorneys in the state, helping to draft Colorado’s successful marijuana-legalization ballot initiative and representing marijuana advocates in several significant legal victories.
He has had previous trouble with the law, including a sexual assault charge in Jefferson County that he pleaded down to third-degree assault and an arrest in June on allegations he smashed the window of a recreational vehicle.
In the Wednesday arrest, Corry told an officer, “I bet I am a big trophy for you,” according to the report. When the officer said he didn’t know who Corry was and Corry explained, the officer responded that Corry should have known it remains illegal in Colorado to consume marijuana in public. Corry replied, “yeah,” the report said.
The woman cited along with Corry for public marijuana consumption, 33-year-old AmberLee June of Salt Lake City, told police she happened to be sitting next to Corry at the game when the two started talking about marijuana and he offered to share a joint.
“He smoked marijuana and he passed it to me,” she wrote in a statement to police, included in the report. “I took a puff and passed it. After all, I was in Colorado.”
Source: denverpost.com “Colorado marijuana attorney taken in for public pot use,” September 30, 2013.