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Colorado 4/20 1st Amendment Protest
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
at 4:20pm
State Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, Colorado

If you attend only one activist event/protest each year, this is it!

We need you to show up on 4/20 at 4:20pm in Denver!

Smoking in public is still illegal - People still go to jail for cannabis crimes.

The civil disobedience will continue!

Note: This will be a First Amendment protest. Public consumption of cannabis is still illegal in Colorado. You can receive a ticket for over $100 if you are caught smoking cannabis in public. If you are harassed by police on 4/20, contact the law offices of Robert J. Corry, Jr. immediately at 303-634-2244.

Rob Corry - Colorado's Best Marijuana Attorney

Pot Activists, Attorneys and Politicians Look at Past and Future of 4/20 in Denver
Denver Westword Magazine, April 17, 2015

Excerpt by Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr.

Now that Amendment 64 has passed, how do you think 4/20 should be observed?

4/20 is, and has always been, and always will be, a hybrid political rally and fun celebration. That will never change. 4/20 has become a holiday much like St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo and Independence Day. Cannabis people like to celebrate. And we have made many gains. We have earned the right to celebrate those gains after suffering and bleeding on the battlefield. Freedom is breaking out all over. Colorado's economy is booming thanks to cannabis, and the antiquated Prohibition Industrial Complex has no real answer, and never has. But your question seems to imply that Amendment 64 somehow changes the nature of the 4/20 rally from a civil-rights/political event. It doesn't. The struggle continues, as long as the state seeks to use cops, prosecutors, jails and prisons to deal with cannabis, which the state still does. As long as people can lose their kids due to cannabis use. As long as people can be fired from their jobs for cannabis use. As long as the City and County of Denver contends that Amendment 64, somehow, allows police to cite people for actually using cannabis at the Denver 4/20 event, an overtly and unapologetically pro-cannabis event that has existed as such for over a decade.

Amendment 64, though a significant and important step in the right direction, was necessarily imperfect, designed as a moderate measure to capture majority voter approval, but [it] did not "legalize" marijuana. Not even under Colorado state law, and definitely not under federal law. And the state does not even treat marijuana like alcohol, unfortunately. Attorneys from our law firm still go to state courts multiple times a week to defend people charged with marijuana "crimes." Although our cases are typically resolved in a favorable manner, the fact that there is even a criminal case at all means we have not yet arrived at the end of marijuana prohibition. And the federal U.S. Justice Department is currently actively prosecuting individuals for marijuana-related activity that was legal - and even licensed - under Colorado state law.

So 4/20 should still be observed as a civil-rights/political event, because marijuana prohibition is not over, not even in Colorado, and certainly not in the rest of the world. Unfortunately, some elements of our movement like to claim total "victory" for their own financial purposes. Some elements of the "movement" have left the movement altogether and have joined the state-regulated chorus that there are "good" cannabis farmers and "bad" cannabis farmers, although the cannabis plant remains the same whether it emanates from a government-approved garden or a constitutionally approved garden. Some elements of this industry I helped create now have discovered a newfound support of the use of the criminal-justice system, police, guns, courts, jails and prisons to conveniently eliminate their competition, even though every single one of them commits a knowing federal crime while sanctimoniously singing about their own "ethics." This "corporate welfare" attitude is selfish, hurts people, and is counterproductive to the long-term viability of this industry.

That said, 4/20 is, and has always has been, a positive celebratory event. That should and will continue. 4/20 is about the cannabis plant, and the people who enjoy it, and the numerous benefits that the plant brings - medically, spiritually, recreationally, industrially and otherwise. For me, 4/20 is about more than that. It is about freedom. It should be observed by people exercising our freedom.

What is your most vivid memory of a 4/20 event?

There are so many memories over the years. My best recurring memory is being on the stage and helping the assembled throng count down the seconds until 4:20 p.m., and looking out to see a massive "cloud of freedom" coalescing over the people pursuing their happiness and exercising their freedom. I wish everyone could see what I see, could feel what I feel, and could smell what I smell in that moment.

A Holiday Story in the Tradiation of Dr. Seuss

"The Grinch that Tried to Steal 4/20"

"Pooh-Pooh to the Stoners!" DiStefano was grinch-ish-ly humming. "They're finding out now that no 4/20 is coming!" "They're just waking up! I know just what they'll do!" "Their mouths will hang open a minute or two. Then the Stoners down in Boulder will all cry Boo-Hoo!"

"That's a noise," grinned DiStefano, "That I simply MUST hear!" So he paused. And DiStefano put his hand to his ear. And he did hear a sound rising over the snow. It started in low. Then it started to grow...

But the sound wasn't sad! Why, this sound sounded merry! It couldn't be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!

He stared down at Boulder! DiStefano popped his eyes! Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!

Every Stoner down in Boulder, the tall and the small, Was singing and smoking! Without any permits at all!

He HADN'T stopped 4/20 from coming! IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And DiStefano, with his feet ice-cold in the fish fertilizer, stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?" "It came with out permits! It came without speeches!" "It came without Frisbees, or costumes or bleachers!" And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore. Then DiStefano thought of something he hadn't before!

"Maybe 4/20," he thought,"doesn't come from a permit." "Maybe 4/20...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

And what happened then...? Boulder they say, DiStefano fired up a fatty and had a very nice day!

YOU CAN'T STOP 4/20 from Coming!

HAPPY 4/20!

About Colorado 420 Coalition

The Colorado 420 Coalition at is dedicated to promoting the re-legalization of cannabis (marijuana) in Colorado for medicinal, industrial, and personal use without excessive and unnecessary regulations that have destroyed the cannabis industry in Colorado. We are a clearinghouse of information and groups concerning all aspects of marijuana legalization in Colorado. For information on medical marijuana in Colorado, see the Cannabis Therapy Institute's website. Click here to read all the laws on marijuana and medical marijuana in Colorado. We not support the breaking of laws; we suppor the overturning of unjust laws.

Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 rises from the dead
Boulder Weekly Column, Oct. 31, 2013

Samuel Caldwell Gravestone in Erie, Colorado

Gravestone of Samuel Caldwell in an Erie, Colorado cemetery. Caldwell died only months after being released from federal prison after serving almost 4 years for Marihuana Tax Act violations.
Photo by Bambalacha Rambler.

Samuel Caldwell Mugshot

Denver resident Samuel Caldwell's mugshot. Caldwell was the one of the first victims of the federal Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.

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Vote NO on Prop. AA by Nov. 5, 2013

Prop. AA would apply to retail marijuana sales that will be regulated under Amendment 64. Prop. AA asks voters to approve an additional 15% excise tax on wholesale transfers of cannabis to raise an estimated $27 million to fund school construction, and an additional 10%-15% sales tax to raise an estimated $33 million to fund a NEW Marijuana Police Force, according to the Blue Book.

1) Voting No on Prop. AA WILL NOT AFFECT the implementation of Amendment 64. There are rumors being spread that if citizens do not vote for these taxes, then A64 will be repealed or diminished in some way. THIS IS NOT TRUE! It is just fear-mongering on the part of the pro-tax campaign designed to scare voters into approving these exorbitant taxes.

2) Marijuana sales are already subject to a 2.9% statewide tax, along with all other local taxes. The Prop. AA tax represents the LARGEST TAX IN COLORADO HISTORY. Since marijuana is already taxed, there is no need to approve an exorbitant tax far beyond any other product.

3) Regulation of retail marijuana stores is ALREADY PAID FOR by the licensing fees that dispensaries pay. There is no need for an extra $33 million to fund a NEW Marijuana Police Force. Dispensaries are already well-regulated and strictly-controlled using existing fees.

4) A64 was promoted to voters as a system to regulate marijuana "like alcohol". However, taxes on alcohol are less than 1% on average. A 30% tax on marijuana is exorbitant. Voters should be outraged at this
bait-and-switch tactic to tax cannabis at a rate much greater than alcohol.

5) A 30% tax will allow the black market to continue to thrive, defeating the purpose of trying to create a legal marijuana industry.

6) The $33 million that the Blue Book estimates will go to fund a NEW Marijuana Police Force in the first year is outrageously disproportionate to what other agencies need to regulate their industries. For instance, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is responsible for monitoring the tens of thousands of oil and gas wells dotting the state, has a budget of $9 million. The Liquor Enforcement Division of the Department of Revenue operates on about $2 million. The entire Colorado Bureau of Investigation has a budget of less than $8 million. THIS NEW TAX WILL COST MORE THAN PROHIBITION DID!

7) The state should have allowed voters to vote on the excise tax (for schools) and the sales tax (for police) separately. The legislature caved in to police pressure to combine the issues into one ballot question. Law
enforcement knew that if people had a choice, they would vote to fund the schools, but not the police. Law enforcement is holding our school children hostage in order to get a huge increase in funding. Voting No on AA will force the legislature to separate the issues and put them on the ballot again in 2014.

8) The NEW Marijuana Police Force created through the Department of Revenue will cause more marijuana-related investigations, arrests and prosecutions, which is contrary to what the voters intended when they voted to "legalize" marijuana in A64. More police to go after pot crimes is not "legalization".

9) Added taxes will encourage the Government to waste money. Already, the Office of the State Auditor has exposed rampant, institutional waste, corruption and malfeasance by the Department of Revenue medical marijuana pot cops. Giving more money to the DOR will only increase the corruption and waste.

10) The Yes on Prop. AA campaign is endorsed by Governor John Hickenlooper, Attorney General John Suthers, the Denver Post, and SMART Colorado, some of the MOST ANTI-MARIJUANA PEOPLE in the state. If these people want you to vote yes on AA, it CAN'T BE GOOD FOR CANNABIS.

The NO on Prop. AA campaign has been endorsed by the Colorado 420 Coalition, the 420 Rally, the Colorado Chapter of the US Marijuana Party, Colorado NORML, the Denver Green Party and the Colorado Libertarian Party. Cannabis activists realize that these taxes will have a negative impact on
cannabis consumers and will only continue to fuel Prohibition through over-taxation and over-regulation.

- Vote NO on Prop. AA by Tuesday, November 5
This year's election is a mail-in ballot. If you have not received your
ballot yet, please call your county election division. You must mail it in
time to be RECEIVED BY Nov. 5, or drop it off at your local county election


"No on Prop. AA" Election Day Party
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013
7pm to 11:30pm

Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street
Denver, Colorado

Music provided by:
Juba Juba (Grateful Dead tribute band)

1BluntRadio (Radical MJ DJ music)


- Join the "No on Prop. AA" campaign as we watch election returns at Casselman's.
- Experience 1BluntRadio's exclusive 36 foot VIP Lounge
- Speakers include cannabis activists Robert J. Corry, Jr., Miguel Lopez and Larisa Bolivar
- Enjoy music, food, beverages and friendship
- If you can't come, check out the LIVE BROADCAST
- The cost is FREE, but donations are greatly encouraged to help defray campaign costs.
- VENDORS: Email for vending opportunities at this event.

For more information, see the:
No on Prop. AA Campaign

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BOULDER Joint Giveaway and Flood Relief

Sept. 23, 2013

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DENVER Joint Giveaway and No on Prop. AA Campaign Launch

Sept. 9, 2013
Civic Center Park, Denver, Colorado
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Nov. 6, 2012
A64: "Legalization" Initiative Passes 54% YES to 46% NO and becomes part of Colorado Constitution.
We will be "first to legalize", but not yet!
Click here to read why it is NOT Real Legalization

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