CONTACT Rob Corry: Pot's fearless leader

Why is Colorado lawyer Rob Corry still permitted to practice law? And what else has to happen before he recognizes his life is a far greater cause to champion than marijuana legalization?

Mr. Corry, 46, is one of the nation’s prominent voices supporting marijuana legalization and among Colorado’s top pot lawyers, taking on everything from DUIs to the establishment of more than a dozen collectives. He has been arrested twice in the last four months — most recently Sept. 25 at Coors Field on suspicion of using marijuana in public and for disobedience to a lawful order. Some choice phrases from Mr. Corry, according to the Denver police report:

“No, I don’t have to, it’s legal,” — in response to officers who asked him to relinquish what appeared to be a joint.

“You’re a stupid cop. You are going to make this easy for me. You can’t search me, it’s only a citation.”

In June, Denver police also hauled in Mr. Corry for allegedly shattering the window of a recreational vehicle in Denver. He is set to be tried next month for destruction of private property and disturbing the peace.

Mr. Corry’s run-ins with the law didn’t start this year. He has served two jail sentences. In 1998, he was imprisoned for 40 days for brandishing a weapon after drinking heavily. That cost him his job with the U.S. House Judiciary Committee — as is explained here, in 5280 magazine. In January 2007, Mr. Corry pleaded guilty to third-degree assault — a class one misdemeanor that helped him avoid the legal status of “sex offender.” The attack happened while Mr. Corry was under the influence. A Jefferson County judge sentenced him to 60 days in jail, five years of probation and a substance-abuse evaluation.

As also reported in 5280 magazine:

Although the presiding judge accepted the plea deal, the sentencing hearing transcript leaves little doubt about how she viewed the evidence. In it, she slapped away the Corrys’ attempt to frame the case as being about adultery, saying that, although she hoped they could find a way to save their marriage, ‘It has nothing to do with this case. What this has to do with is that [Rob] chose to go into the room and physically and sexually assault a woman who did not want that.’ She added that Rob’s decision to sexually violate someone is why she ‘[could] not in good conscience allow [him] to walk out of the courtroom today,’ and she sentenced him to 60 days in jail, despite the defense attorney’s ardent request for probation only.

Mr. Corry is a co-author of the convoluted and loophole-ridden Amendment 64, which voters approved in 2012 to legalize recreational marijuana in Colorado. He’s now spearheading a campaign against taxation of the substance — taxation he trumpeted as a reason for voters to support the amendment in the first place. To promote his cause, he helped give free marijuana to hundreds of people who gathered Sept. 9 in Denver’s Civic Center Park to protest proposed taxes on the drug — which, according to 5280 magazine, he used for the first time at age 14.

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