CU-Boulder to close campus on 4/20 for third straight year
|By Sarah Kuta, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
In recent years, campus officials have been trying to extinguish the annual pot smokeout, which at its height drew some 10,000 tokers to Norlin Quadrangle, by closing the campus to outsiders, spreading fishy smelling fertilizer on the quad and enforcing marijuana laws.
Visitors with official business are required to obtain a visitor's pass to enter the campus.
"(A 4/20 gathering) has no business on our campus," said CU spokesman
This is the first 4/20 after recreational marijuana became legal in
After closing the campus on 4/20 in 2013, the CU administration appeared to have succeeded in snuffing out the gathering, as Norlin Quad was quiet.
In his letter, DiStefano defended the decision to close the campus yet again to reinforce the university's commitment to curbing the 4/20 gathering.
"You may ask why this move is necessary after two successful years of curtailing the large 4/20 crowd," DiStefano wrote. "It is imperative that the public knows we are serious about eliminating this disruptive gathering. I hope at some point in the near-future that campus closures will not be necessary, and we can go about daily business on campus as we normally do."
Huff echoed DiStefano's letter to the campus, saying that it's difficult to stop the momentum of a gathering in "just a year or two."
The university spent
"In recent years, CU-Boulder has received rebates from our self-insurance trust because our experience of claims and hazards was less than what was projected," Huff said. "The rebates result from our actions to reduce liability and hazards. We can reinvest those funds in operations that further reduce liability."
Last month, CU student government leaders described plans to hold a marijuana conference or symposium later this spring to "repurpose" 4/20.
Student leaders haven't set a date for their proposed alternative event, but Huff said the administration welcomes any academic discussion of drug policy.
"We certainly support the free exchange of ideas and having that kind of dialogue," he said. "That's always been welcomed. What hasn't been welcomed are the thousands of people who come on our campus to be disruptive."
News this week that
Last year, with CU's Norlin Quad shut down, thousands of people flocked instead to
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