CU-Boulder refutes attorney's claim that its 4/20 tactics were "fascist"
McAllister has shared his intentions with the university but has thus far not received a reply to his demand for dismissal of charges -- and his questions about the cost of shutting down 4/20 haven't been answered, either. CU-Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard (disclosure: a longtime friend of yours truly) says he had hoped to have numbers late last week, but the university is still waiting for invoices from various agencies that assisted in the campus closure. Hilliard now believes a total accounting won't be completed for another week or two.
Despite this explanation, McAllister believes CU is "dragging their feet" about the costs. He estimates that the expenditure was in the range of $250,000 -- a sum that includes $150,000 spent on a failed Wyclef Jean concert that was funded out of student fees. Since CU-Boulder dropped about $50,000 on 4/20 last year, "that'll mean they spent five times more money to prevent the event than they normally spend to tolerate it."
Unless the case is dismissed, McAllister expects the students "to enter a not-guilty plea and a trial to be set for this month. And we're not going to ask for any favors, any leniency. We're expecting them to do the right thing, and if they don't do that, let's see if they can find a jury of these kids' peers in Boulder to convict them for trespassing on their own school grounds.
"Our main claim is going to be that the closure of the quad to students was illegal and suppressed their First Amendment rights. And in an election year when we're going to be deciding if marijuana is legal or not, this is the most important time to have a dialogue about marijuana policy."
Here's a video featuring the arrests of Kuettel and Demopoulos, followed by 4/20 at CU-Boulder photos by Britt Chester.
Page down to see more images of 4/20 at CU-Boulder by photographer Britt Chester.