4/20: Why CU's going without fish fertilizer to stop pot rally, but still closing Boulder campus

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Big photos below.
Yesterday, CU-Boulder announced that for the second consecutive year, the campus would be closed on April 20 in an effort to squelch the annual 4/20 event there; see our original coverage below.

Why take this controversial tack again? CU-Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard is straight-forward, deeming last year's approach a "great success." But there have been a few tweaks in the way it will be carried out, including nixing the use of foul-smelling fish fertilizer on Norlin Quad.

"Fish fertilizer was never a main element in our strategy," says Hilliard (disclosure: a longtime friend of yours truly). "It became a great topic of interest in the media, and that made people think it was a huge part of our strategy, but it was always a side tactic. And the student leadership was very articulate about not wanting it. So we talked to some other people about what it really achieved, and in terms of deterring people from coming onto Norlin Quad," the traditional ground zero for 4/20, "it wasn't very effective. So when the students said, 'Can you not do this?,' it was something we could easily compromise on."

As such, Norlin Quad will simply be taped off this year, as opposed to being spread with a stomach-churning substance.

Otherwise, the main areas of improvement targeted by CU-Boulder involve messaging.

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Bronson Hilliard.
"We want to communicate more effectively as an institution about why we're doing this," he says. "This isn't based on Amendment 64," a measure that allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to possess and use small amounts of cannabis, "and it's not based on the legality or the illegality of marijuana. We just don't want a gathering of that size on that part of the campus."

This is true even though April 20 falls on a Saturday in 2013, he emphasizes. "The date is less than two weeks before finals, and there's quite a lot of academic activity and research taking place on campus on Saturdays and Sundays. There'll be students in the library writing term papers, discussion groups, seminars, music auditions -- all kinds of things. The academic mission is in full swing, and our objective is to protect that academic mission."

Critics of the closure argue that a college is also supposed to endorse openness and free speech -- goals they feel are contradicted by shutting down the institution in an effort to prevent a gathering whose participants want to smoke weed either as a celebration of progress or a protest against continuing restrictions. And they also object to students and visitors being forced to display identification cards or passes in order to gain access to the grounds, seeing the requirement as an unfortunate variation on show-me-your-papers laws.

Representatives of Colorado University Student Government (CUSG) brought up this subject in the months preceding yesterday's announcement. "There was extensive discussion of it within the 4/20 working group, with the student task force at the table," Hilliard says. "It was a marvelous group of student leaders to work with -- very articulate in pinpointing what their issues were. But it really comes down to this: There is no other way to determine who's got a legitimate reason to be on campus and who doesn't" other than to require students to show their IDs, known as a Buff OneCard, or visitors to display special passes developed for the day. "We understand it's an inconvenience, and we're appreciative of the fact that one day a year, we're systematically asking that IDs be presented."

But CU police officers ringing the campus will be offering something in return. "They'll be presenting people with cards explaining why they're there" -- the chancellor requested that they be -- "and what we're doing."

Hilliard stresses that the police didn't receive "a single complaint" about their conduct last year, but everyone involved still wants to improve the situation in the hope that a campus closure on April 20 won't become a permanent part of the schedule. "We always envisioned this as a multi-year process," he allows, "and we'll evaluate after each year."

In the meantime, he encourages those who want to mark 4/20 in the usual way "to go to Denver, in the shadow of the State Capitol, and then to Red Rocks on Sunday. From what I'm hearing, that's where the fun is going to be. And I don't think there'll be a lot going on at CU-Boulder other than the normal, quiet, pre-finals stuff."

Continue for our previous coverage, including photos from 4/20 at CU-Boulder in 2012.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

A64 -- (d) CONSUMPTION OF MARIJUANA, PROVIDED THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PERMIT CONSUMPTION THAT IS CONDUCTED OPENLY AND PUBLICLY

NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PERMIT CONSUMPTION THAT IS CONDUCTED OPENLY AND PUBLICLY

NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PERMIT CONSUMPTION THAT IS CONDUCTED OPENLY AND PUBLICLY


Puerile Pot Punks ALWAYS want to BREAK the LAW! ... even their OWN LAWS!



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"And the student leadership was very articulate about not wanting it."

Oh, you mean the authoritarian wannabe politicians and bureaucrats. It's interesting how those people get labeled "leaders" all the time, but they're really just bullies.

Besides, a 4/20 event is really going to cripple their "academic mission" on a Saturday.

Walter
Walter

Amendment 64 allows mj. consumption as long as it is not done  "openly AND publicly". Could you smoke pot in public then with a paper bag over your head to hide it? This would be public, but not publicly AND openly. Or how about setting up tents? Once again, in public but not in the open, so not "publicly AND openly", therefore perfectly constitutional!

Anyone who has ever smoked hash under a towel knows what a unique treat it is to smoke in an enclosed space!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Looks like Bronson Hilliard attends the same Health Club as mendacious Mason Tvert ...

Got twinkies?


Ian StClair
Ian StClair

Again, See you all in Civic Center Park instead.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

"Hilliard (disclosure: a longtime friend of yours truly)" So did your longtime friend get to approve this report or did you create this wonderful propagand to cover up the fact that A public institution is directly violting people's human rights by criminilizing the human right to peacafully assamble. Another great propaganda report brought to you by the Westword.

kadargo
kadargo

So, last year, prior to 4/20, I heard that CU didn't have a problem with 10,000 people gathering together to smoke pot, they would have a problem with 10,000 people gathering together to do nothing more that blow bubbles, then a few months later they were happy to report that 10,000 people showed up for the solar eclipse.

I'm calling bullshit.


CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

"Hilliard (disclosure: a longtime friend of yours truly)"

So did your longtime friend get to approve this report or did you create this wonderful propagand to cover up the fact that A public institution is directly violting people's human rights by criminilizing the human right to peacafully assamble.  

Another great propaganda report brought to you by the Westword.

Mozart99
Mozart99

It is anti-intellectual and anti-democracy to outlaw a drug that research says is safe, and even helpful for some medical problems. And to welcome guns is pathetic.

Roy Medina
Roy Medina

Come downtown!!!! Everyone its better anyway!!!

quackhead
quackhead

Have the fire department handle the burnouts.  A few fire hoses would deter them and would be much cheaper than last year's prevention methods.  Fight fire with fire fighters!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Boulder -- Riot ensues outside Free Concert at Fox Theater !

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22767909/boulder-riot-ensues-outside-rap-concert-venue-monday

A free concert in Boulder has turned into a melee involving about 200 people outside the Fox Theatre Monday evening.

Officers were summoned to quell the riot after numerous assaults and thrown bottles, as people showed up for the show put on by rapper Tyler, the Creator.

Free Tickets to the show were offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


Puerile Pot Punkery!



tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

When the smoke rises from the Norland Quad we will know that a new Pope has been elected.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

With all the mass murder in Colorado, I wouldn't be caught dead in a crowd of pot smokers.  I didn't feel safe at the Capital 420 rally last year worrying that some crazy Donkey might open fire into the crowd.

Jessica Gore
Jessica Gore

hahahahhaaaa! silly, People's Republic of Boulder and your pseudo, self-conflicting morals and ideas...

Daniel Ahrens
Daniel Ahrens

Uhm, its legal, can they just, I dunno, worry about ANYTHING else?

currah316
currah316

@DonkeyHotay  You say you're all for democracy but why are you so against public pretest?  that's pretty contradicting.  Democracy is based on listening to each others opinions, not shooting them down.  You Sir are one big reason it fails.  We can not live in a successful country with people like you shutting your fellow man down every chance you get, or being a soar looser just because something didn't go your way, which is what this looks like to me.  All I am trying to say is grow up, stop acting like a toddler who didn't get his way.  It's ok you're against it, and it's ok if you agree with CU on this one. It's not ok to start talking down to and insulting your fellow man, it makes you look stupid and ignorant. 

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay How amusing and ironic that YOU would call anyone else "puerile".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Walter "Could you smoke pot in public then with a paper bag over your head to hide it?"

Please do.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay you never excepted my request to get you high, let's skip that and just have a Civil Union, me and you Donkey

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CoreyDonahue   "the human right to peacafully assamble."

... drunk, in a Mexicali cantina ...

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

NUT TAPPER!!!! What crop are you picking today?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mozart99 ... THE PEOPLE, via A64, have OUTLAWED the open PUBLIC  CONSUMPTION of Marijuana!

The "anti-intellectual, anti-democracy" Stoner Voters have SPOKEN !! 


stuka1
stuka1

@quackhead Yeah, like the Good Old Days when we showed those uppity niggers who's boss.

Oh, wait....

/sarcasm

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = posts irrelevant horseshit.

Needs to get out of his mommy's basement and get a life.

Monkey
Monkey

@tutonehcc Maybe stick with Indica next time, sounds like some good Sativa was giving you paranoia last year. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Daniel Ahrens ... it ain't legal, numbnuts.

A64 explicitly prohibits the open PUBLIC CONSUMPTION of marijuana.

The Voters have Spoken! ... Obey the Will of the People!


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident Democracy is two wolves and a sheep settling on dinner. Why do you embrace the initiation of violence?

Further, what I discussed were features of Republic, not Democracy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc "excepted" [sic]

You never accepted those remedial English classes, did you stoner?

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1   derp derp derp.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dave.herrera "Despite what was originally reported ..."

 ... by the incompetents at the Daily Scamera / Denver Pust who think listening to and regurgitating Police Scanner traffic is "journalism".


stuka1
stuka1


@El_Derpo = JackAssHoBoi reduced to blithering nonsense through sock puppets

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@Cognitive_Dissident 

Show where I indicated I hate it.

Show me where I ever violated the "NO PUBLIC DISPLAY / CONSUMPTION laws."

CRICKETS!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... so why do you hate The People's Republic of CU at Boulder ?

Why do you and others willfully violate the NO PUBLIC DISPLAY / CONSUMPTION laws that THE PEOPLE voted into the Colorado Constitution via A20 and A64 ?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc

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