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Colorado 4/20 1st Amendment Protest
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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.
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
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...? Well...in Boulder they say, DiStefano
fired up a fatty and had a very nice day!
YOU CAN'T STOP 4/20 from Coming!
About Colorado 420 Coalition
The Colorado 420 Coalition at Colorado420.com 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.
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
Photo by Bambalacha Rambler.
Denver resident Samuel Caldwell's mugshot. Caldwell was the
one of the first victims of the federal Marihuana Tax Act
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
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
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
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
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.
NO ON PROP. AA ENDORSEMENTS
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
cannabis consumers and will only continue to fuel Prohibition through
over-taxation and over-regulation.
HOW TO VOTE NO ON PROP. AA
- Vote NO on Prop. AA by Tuesday, November 5
This year's election is a mail-in ballot. If you have not received
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
BOULDER Joint Giveaway and Flood Relief
Sept. 23, 2013
Here for Photos
DENVER Joint Giveaway and No on Prop. AA Campaign Launch
Sept. 9, 2013
Civic Center Park, Denver, Colorado
Permission to reprint photos is granted as long as credit is
given to Colorado420.com
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!
to read why it is NOT Real Legalization
Find out why A64 is NOT true legalization.
Read more about Colorado's armed marijuana regulators.
Educate Yourself about Cannabis
Get involved, because our work is not done, it has only just begun.