Cannabis activist/media personality Thurlow Weed of No Excuses Entertainment thought he was safe getting out a couple of grams of weed to smoke Wednesday night in his own private establishment, The 24 Hour Pipe & Tobacco Shop in Denver. After all, Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 — which legalizes recreational cannabis for adults — back in November.
But, as we all know, some law enforcement officers just won’t let it be that simple.
“There were four of us hanging out in The 24 Hour Pipe & Tobacco Shop after Cannabis Bingo last night (about 10 p.m.), when three Adams County Police came through the door of my business, which is clearly marked ‘Private Establishment’ and ’21 & Up Only,’ ” Thurlow, well known for his “Wake N Bake with Thurlow Weed” show on iBAKE TV, told Toke Signals on Thursday morning.
“The first thing they saw was the tray, pipe and about two grams of cannabis sitting on the table in front of me,” Thurlow said. “The first one through the door said, ‘Ah, you’re just getting ready to partake,’ and I said, ‘Yes sir, I was.’
“I said, ‘According to Colorado’s Amendment 64 I’m completely legal to smoke cannabis in my private establishment,’ ” Thurlow told us. “It’s clearly marked on the door. Then I showed them on the door where it says PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENT, then again where it says ’21 & Up Only.’ This is a private establishment, no public restrooms, and we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
“But the officer said, ‘Not according to the Adams County D.A.,’ ” Thurlow told us. “He then said, ‘I hope you have your Red Card for that,’ and he looked at my pipe and the cannabis.
“I just looked at him and waited,” Thurlow told Toke Signals. “Then he said again, ‘You do have your Red Card for that, right?’ One of my friends at the table said ‘I do!’ and pulled it out of her purse and set it on the table. The officer said, ‘It’s sitting in front of him, and I saw him with it, so it doesn’t matter.’ ”
At that point, the officer asked Thurlow again, “So, do you have your Red Card?”
“I said, ‘Nope! It expired on January 27 and I haven’t renewed it because CANNABIS IS LEGAL IN COLORADO,’ ” Thurlow told us. “He said, ‘Well, no, not yet.’
“He then asked me to grab my pipe and my cannabis and go out to the car, because he had to give me a ticket,” Thurlow told us. “Out at the car, he said, ‘Hey, if you go get your medical marijuana card before the court date, April 1, the judge and the DA will just drop the charges and you won’t have to worry about this.’“I could go get it, but I’m not going to,” Thurlow told us. “I don’t need to. That’s the point.”
“The cop said that because the door to my business had an ‘Open’ sign, that it wasn’t a private establishment,” Thurlow said. “The door was unlocked, but not open. He said because it was unlocked, it wasn’t a private establishment. He then gave me the ticket.”
“We went back inside, where the other two cops had decided that they wouldn’t touch anything, but that they would look through every room and part of my business,” Thurlow told us. “They then told me to take care and have good night.
“Then, right before they walked out the door, one of them asked to use the restroom,” Thurlow said. “I found it very strange that he waited until the end of the whole thing to ask that. If he would have asked it in the first place, I would have said NO — but since they had already looked around the whole place, I said yes.
“If he tries to bring up that he asked to use the bathroom, so he had the right to look around, I’m going to let it be known — with witnesses — that was at the end of the whole event,” Thurlow said.