4/20 at CU Boulder: Student legislative council votes unanimously to move event off-campus

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Last night, the legislative council of the CU Boulder student government, known collectively as CUSG, passed a resolution calling for the annual 4/20 celebration to be moved off-campus.

The vote was unanimous, which CUSG vice president of external affairs Brooks Kanski sees as significant.

"It was passed without any objections," he notes. "Now, the resolution can be a starting point to a larger conversation we're looking forward to having with the student body."

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Brooks Kanski, left, with fellow CUSG leaders Andrew Yoder and Carly Robinson.
Right now, the resolution, which is expected to be formally approved after a second reading next week, is simply a statement of purpose, sans any references to where the 4/20 bash might take place if not on campus, and how such a transition can be accomplished -- the keys to making it happen. But Kanski doesn't see that as a deal-breaker at this point.

"We're having conversations with the administration," he says, "and we're really pleased with the partnership we've formed with them over the past few months to address this. From here, we'll be getting more students' input and proceeding with conversations on the administrative level to figure out what we've got to do to have this removed."

Judging by a Wednesday night student forum about 4/20, enrollees appear to be split on whether such a move is necessary -- and passions run high among people on both sides of the issue. One speaker who wants 4/20 to stay put accused opponents of being "rich, trust-fund assholes." Yet plenty of students voiced fears that the value of their degree is diminished by CU's reputation as Weed Central -- an image underscored yesterday, when the university was named the druggiest college in the country in a Daily Beast/Newsweek survey.

Kanski admits that CUSG has more outreach to do. "We have to broaden our scope to not just the few conversations we've had so far, but engaging with the whole student body to see what we need to do. And one of the great things that came out of the forum on Wednesday night was that we got a slew of e-mails from a number of individuals expressing their interest in taking action and being leaders, whether they're pro-4/20 or anti-4/20.

"Over winter break, we'll have conversations with those individuals," he adds, "and when we return in January, the speed will really intensify."

And so will the pressure to figure out a specific strategy before April 20 rolls around.

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CU-Alum
CU-Alum

One of my favorite memories as a student at CU was on a wonderfully sunny May afternoon, around 4pm:

I was lucky enough to discover a crew of the " Blue Jeans, Bolo Ties, and Cowboy Hats" folks that were handing out mini-bibles on campus to anyone passing by, notice the large group of students gathering on Farrand Field. I wasn't alone as I heard them comment on the potentially target rich environment, call in the rest of their posse, and start strutting on over to spread their bible thumpin' word to a bunch of young impressionable souls. Our crew was able to hold back the giggles, cackles, and all out hysterical laughter whilst overhearing their high spirited conversation as they moseyed confidently an unsuspectingly towards the field of 4/20 fun... a few tight lipped, half sneeze sounding snorts escaped, but we held strong. We knew what was at stake here. "Hooo Boy! Smells like a skunk done tangled with sarsaparilla. Boys, break up and get to it."        (The one with the most ornate hat, I can only guess their leader)This was too much for all of us. We fell apart in laughter, but it went unnoticed by the posse. They way were too intent on their own cattle drive, and broke off into their squads to canvas the crowd. As they neared the more central part of the crowd, you could see them slowly begin to realize that maybe they were in above their heads. From the first few that start moving the message on back up the chain, to the moment it hit the guy with the ornate hat, it was nothing but looks of utter shock and disbelief. The reconvening and retreat of the posse recanting of their tales of the blasphemous actions they had witnessed were things of such joy that I don't dare recount them here for fear of the Tebowing of Denver and backlash for mocking religious belief. 

Way to go CU student government, you're robbing you're future classes of this sort of glorious memory. 

Holly
Holly

4-20 is in April, not May....Stoner CU alum.

Go Rams!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

-- unanimity and asaninity.

How many young suits comprise that most august body, the CU Boulder Student Legislative Council, and how many have attended the event?  Why does the supposed student leadership pontificate about 4/20?  Could it possibly have anything to do with trying to please the Administration?

The suggestion that CU's reputation suffers from cannabis needs to be squelched with contempt; the specter looming over college life is deadly alcohol!  If CU is genuinely concerned about its student's health or the fallout due to its students' abuse of drugs, it should encourage their use of cannabis as an intoxicant in order to depress the consumption of alcohol. The Administration should confer with its student functionaries, wind them up again, and send them marching back in the opposite direction.

hippieland
hippieland

Think about this one. All those pot smoking kids are paying a high price to go to that collage,Thats money in your pocket. And all money is green.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Sounds like 4-20-12 will be the Colorado pot apocalypse come true.  After all, stranger things have happened on 4-20 that didn't involve pot.  4-20-12 is Mother Nature's Call to Arms on the battleground of CU.... prepare yourselves 4'20ers the show will go on!

Allamny
Allamny

Cool we are still gonna be there , it is gonna cost more than 50,000 to force us out , and the scandal of what the Riot Police are gonna end up doing is gonna be the worse 4/20 related press for CU yet.

:-D

NCalConservativ
NCalConservativ

Congratulations on your lofty goals and purpose.  Sounds like you're very proud of yourself. I bestow upon you the "legend in your own mind" award.

Allamny
Allamny

Just stating the obvious. People will still come, how is the Universities new policy supposed to play out on the ground that day?

The whole nature of their complaint was based around the "50,000 dollars we don't have in our budget that we are forced to spend on security that day."

This is a dubious claim, nobody is going to hurt themselves taking bong rips.

What I am saying is I imagine they are going to call local law enforcement instead, to clear the campus of these people. That is pretty much what they are hinting at are they not? 

Since there has never been once incidence of violence, and no scandal surrounding this event for over 10 years, it is safe to say that no matter what this will result in the highest level of violence and the greatest scandal thus far.

CU claims they are trying to better their reputation, my question is how is bringing violence into the equation a good idea?

I guess it depends on your audience, maybe they are trying to attract more NorCalConservatives to our town. 

Messia
Messia

maybe we should do that, to prove a point. pass out free xanax and adderal while there too. then it will be just like a normal CU party!

HotPants
HotPants

True, that!  Alcohol enhances aggression and directly contributes to violent behavior.  Cannabis does neither.  That's why there are very few problems at this celebration.

I see in the news all the time about all the problems drunks cause.  I rarely read about any problems stoners cause.  Yet the fear remains.  Insane.

KaDargo
KaDargo

Relax, it could be worse.  At least kegs of beer aren't being rolled in.  That, without a doubt, would be a cause for having a police presence!

Chancellor
Chancellor

If only they could revoke your diploma. 

Allamny
Allamny

but they admitted themselves that it is no longer a student protest!!! Damn opprutunist outsiders!!!

Even more reason for us freedom loving graduates to head on over there early on April 20th! See you there alumni!!! 

Chancellor
Chancellor

Really, you think the riot police will be called?  No, they'll just let it happen, film it, and kick every participating student out of school, real quietly, behind closed doors.  Once that happens, no student will participate in the next one, and they can just round up those "protesters" as trespassers.

It'll be pretty easy to break this "movement." 

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