4/20 in Boulder: Student against moving the event calls opponents "rich, trust-fund a**holes"

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The annual 4/20 bacchanal on the CU Boulder campus, dubbed an orgasm of cannabis consumption by NORML exec Allen St. Pierre, is a tradition many university officials would like to end -- and student government leaders like Carly Robinson are heading in that direction, too. But at a forum last night, the student body as a whole appears split on whether the event should be moved off campus, and how that can be accomplished.

My correspondent for the event: my daughter, a member of CU's freshman council, who attended the forum with her twin sister and fellow council rep. She estimates that around fifty students showed up to debate the pros and cons of 4/20 with administration representatives and student government leaders like Brooks Kanski and Andrew Yoder.

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Brooks Kanski, Andrew Yoder and Carly Robinson.
Those in favor of moving 4/20 off-campus talked about difficulties getting to and from classes on that day (an issue that would be minimized over the next three years, since April 20 will fall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively), as well as the costs involved, the fact that many if not most of the participants aren't CU enrollees, and the potential impact on the value of a degree. One student noted that he'd recently had a job interview, and immediately after mentioning that he attended CU, the guy quizzing him said, "You know you have to pass a drug test, don't you?"

Good news: The student was hired.

As for the pro-4/20 contingent, they talked about the bash as a legally protected political statement and complained that forcing it off-campus would infringe on their right to free expression. As a bonus, the last speaker of the night declared that those trying to banish 4/20 from CU Boulder were "rich, trust-fund assholes."

Be that as it may, plenty of questions went unanswered -- including where in Boulder 4/20 might take place if not at CU, and how a new plan would be enforced.

This evening, CU Boulder's student legislative council is expected to issue a resolution about 4/20. It remains to be seen whether more specifics will be shared at that time, or if the announcement will simply voice a general desire that the thousands of weed lovers who converge on the campus annually pick somewhere else to get their toke on.

Look below and page down to see photos of this year's 4/20 event at CU.

Photo by Hunter Stevens

Photo by Hunter Stevens

Photo by Hunter Stevens

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If I went to CU I would ask why our Student Government is and hand picked by external think tanks funded by campaign manager types like Karl Rove.

I would of course know that the answer is rhetorical, since for some reason your Student Government controls the vast majority of the money pouring into your school, money which shapes the places that shapes the hearts and minds of our youth.

If I went to CU I would of course already know that the reason for this is that Student Government is the perfect, benign office by which once could exert full control over a universities budged, while exerting the least amount of energy as possible.

If my name was Brooke, or Carly, or Alex, I would probably just be super psyched that at such a young age I was able to rise to such a position of power. I might even wonder why on Earth someone with as little passion or knowhow such as myself might attain this position, but I probably wouldn't think too hard about, I would just use my power to divide the school into two very different camps. 

Hopefully something good comes from that, I always feel like when stupidity meets common sense at the frontline it tends to retreat quite sheepishly. 


what a bunch of twats. First of all, everybody knows that all weed in Boulder sucks. All of Denvers shitty weed goes up to Boulder for the college students. Second, there are hardly no trust fund kids in Boulder. Boulder is where all the white trash that can't afford to live in Longmont are. Third, nobody gives me shit about getting drunk on campus tailgating for a ball game, so these loser potheads better not fuck it up for me. I bet half the people at the event came home with head lice


Line 'em up and kick 'em out.

University of Phoenix and permanent underclass, here you come!

Matt in Boulder
Matt in Boulder

Welcome to Boulder.

As a bonus, the last speaker of the night declared that those trying to banish 4/20 from CU Boulder were "rich, trust-fund assholes." 

Since that person was a student it seems safe to assume he/she is new to Boulder.  Same quote can be twisted slightly to describe a scary trend in Boulder life generally:"Those trying to banish (insert anything fun here, from hiking with dogs to naked pumpkin runs) from Boulder were "rich, trust-fund assholes."


*Brooks- you can do it!

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