Rob Corry touts state's first "pot club" on CNN, but is it all a publicity stunt?

Marijuana attorney Rob Corry made the TV rounds yesterday, appearing twice on CNN in stories about the opening of Club 64, which he dubbed the state's first legal pot smoking club.

Corry was on the Situation Room and also featured in the CNN Newsroom talking about his club, which isn't really a club so much as it's a floating party with no permanent location as of now. "It is legal, the voters of Colorado have spoken and the voters of Colorado legalized cannabis," Corry boasts over footage of Club 64's opening night.

"Freedom was in the house last night," he added, sounding about as hip as a rapping grandmother.

Miguel Lopez.
Miguel Lopez.

The video showed about a half-dozen dudes lighting up in what looked otherwise to be a low-attended and stoned-quiet event. Interestingly, activist Miguel Lopez, who campaigned against Amendment 64, was in attendance praising the Colorado law and the club. "Let Denver serve as a beacon of hope for those who know and want to know what true freedom is all about," Lopez told CNN cameras.

Both of the video clips are fluff pieces, with the CNN reporters more enamored with the idea of people actually smoking pot in public than anything else. But the article on accompanying the video touches on the other side of Club 64: a growing concern that Rob Corry is simply being a loudmouth drawing too much attention to himself and this issue too soon after voters approved it.

Rob Corry with Club 64 co-owner Chloe Villano.
Rob Corry with Club 64 co-owner Chloe Villano.

One unnamed activist says the club rubs the new laws in everyone's faces. Others have told us that they see this as Corry being selfish and testing waters that nobody really wants tested right now, and that he's fishing for a reaction from the government so he can push the issue and gain notoriety -- something he's been known to do in the past. (Remember when he recommended ignoring federal cease and desist letters?). And as several people have mentioned to me over the last 24 hours, we probably wouldn't like the initial knee-jerk reaction from government officials on this matter.

Even the Amendment 64 campaign seemed to distance themselves from this, CNN points out. "We can best demonstrate that regulation is a much safer approach to marijuana policy than prohibition through the careful and swift creation of regulated businesses," said Amendment 64 spokeswoman Betty Aldworth.

View both videos below:

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