Lately, I have heard about people being arrested for marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession in Colorado.

On January 1, 2013, amendment 64 became law allowing for recreational possession and use of marijuana, including possession and use of paraphernalia to use marijuana for people over the age of 21 years.

Police do not seem to be following the law.  I am not sure why, but I suspect it is because they do not like the law.  If prosecutors were doing their job, they would immediately dismiss these charges and contact the officer to explain the law.  It is not happening.  People get to court and the prosecutor tries to get them to plead guilty to something or take a class.  

This is wrong.  I and other attorneys are exploring civil rights actions against the police officers.  Colorado NORML (I am a board member) is a good place to look for help.  NORML is a good organization to join to help stop this illegal action by police and prosecution.


Today we got a satisfactory plea for a young man with a really nice car. The officer charged him with Speed Contest, which sounds like that famous scene in Rebel Without A Cause. All my client apparently did was spin his tires as he turned a corner. Although there was a dash camera in the police car, there was no video of the Speed Contest. But, the video that was available showed that the officer fudged the speed estimation by 15 miles per hour or more. Through investigation and negotiation, we ended this case without a trial and without a license restraint. Speed Contest is a 12 point offense with a mandatory license restraint of some kind.

This case really got to me. There is a lot of information in the news about the Campus Rape Epidemic. I cannot speak to these allegations as a whole, but I do know this one. In my client's case, he had consensual sex with a girl after she invited him over and told her roommate that she wanted to have sex with him. A few weeks later, she called it rape and reported it to her residence hall director. After that, she refused to cooperate with the university investigation. more soon - but we won