Marijuana prosecution of Lacy Lee dropped -- because cops didn't have joint to prove case

During a May 1 rally to legalize marijuana, Lacy Lee was arrested for holding a joint -- something attorney Rob Corry considered so absurd, especially given a video of the incident on view below, that he agreed to represent her pro bono.

The offense carries a maximum fine of $100. Denver no doubt spent much, much more in the process of arresting Lee and moving the matter through the system. But yesterday, the city dropped the case -- because it had no marijuana on hand to support the charge.

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