4/20 at CU-Boulder: Legal action in attempt to block campus closure?

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Last year, CU-Boulder closed its campus on April 20 in an attempt to squelch the annual 4/20 event -- and the university, whose spokesman deems the 2012 shutdown a great success, plans to repeat the feat next month.

Can anything stop this action? Well, the ACLU of Boulder is asking the school to reconsider, and the attorney who filed a rejected preliminary-injunction complaint in 2012 is floating the possibility of taking legal action again.

Last year, as you'll recall, CU didn't announce the campus-closure plan until just a week before April 20. Nonetheless, attorney Rob Corry hurriedly put together a request for a preliminary injunction and got a chance to present his case on April 19. But after a four-hour hearing, a Boulder district judge turned thumbs-down on Corry's argument, thereby allowing the university to move forward.

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Rob Corry.
Afterward, Corry said he simply didn't have enough time to assemble a compelling case -- but thanks to CU's announcement earlier this week about the next campus shutdown, he isn't in quite as much of a rush. In an interview with the Boulder Daily Camera, he floated the idea of asking for a special visitors' permit with the idea of holding a rally on Norlin Quad, the traditional spot for the 4/20 event.

Odds are enormously against a positive response from CU. Spokesman Bronson Hilliard (disclosure: a longtime friend of yours truly) told us yesterday that while Norlin won't be spread with foul-smelling fish fertilizer, as was the case last year, it will still be taped off, making it inaccessible to anyone allowed on campus, visitors and students alike. Moreover, he says visitor passes will be granted to those involved in the school's academic mission -- and while Corry can certainly argue that a demonstration of free speech about an issue of tremendous interest on and off campus does that, it's doubtful the gatekeepers will agree.

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Rob Smoke.
If this tack doesn't work, Corry told the Camera that he'd consider going to court again -- a prospect reinforced by former Boulder Human Relations Commission chair Rob Smoke, one of the plaintiffs in last year's case. Corresponding via Facebook, he writes, "Rob is ready to go back to court," adding, "CU is in jeopardy of losing on this go-round -- especially if we go into court after following their procedures" for visitor passes.

"Personally, I don't view it as them stopping someone's party, even if the media wants to paint that picture," he goes on. "Myself, others, have had friends die in prison on an MJ sentence. 4/20 is a global protest/political event for reform, but also against imprisonment. Social action -- gathering for redress -- is essential in a free society and guaranteed under the Constitution."

In his view, "We don't have to sit around and grimly recite stanzas from the Constitution to have the event equal a legitimate protest. That's not the criteria."

Judd Golden, chair of the ACLU's Boulder chapter, agrees.

Continue for more about potential legal action to stop CU from closing campus on 4/20, including last year's court filing.


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Gene Duran
Gene Duran

Diane, it didn't happen last year. CU has a handle on it. 420 movement isn't really needed anymore.We now have Laws and that Assembly will be totally Illegal. No Smoking on State Property.

YourNeighborCarl
YourNeighborCarl

Just look the other way CU like you did for so long. It's not worth your time or money to crack down. It'll pop up somewhere on campus just like it did last year.

DonkayHotay
DonkayHotay

My online name is DonkeyHotay. Im a complete moron who quite clearly has no life whatsoever outside of obsessively posting replies to comments on an online local entertainment magazine. I eat my own snot, and I have never experienced sexual relations with anybody aside from my own hand, cucumbers, and cold cream. I am a loser of the highest capacity, spending every last free minute I have online, arguing with people that I dont know, and being as insulting as possible with anybody who disagrees with me. This is my life. This is my *whole* life. Im a pathetic, self-important miscreant that just doesnt know when enough is enough. Please watch as I become increasingly more and more pathetic with every reply. Yes, Im very alone, and very much a loser. A seriously ridiculous loser.

Chris Nigro
Chris Nigro

I agree w/ Jeff^, how many incidents of violence have occurred when this has taken place? My guess is none.

Diane Kendrick Dufresne
Diane Kendrick Dufresne

This will happen, anyway. It's ridiculous that CU is attempting to block it, been happening for years.

Jeff Hansen
Jeff Hansen

What a waste of money. Just let them toke up and stop making such a big deal about it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Stoners, you morons wrote, promoted and voted for A64 which explicitly excludes open public consumption of marijuana. 

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


Let the Puerile Pot Punks violate the Law THEY VOTED FOR ... then arrest and prosecute them for their crimes, crimes THEY endorsed via A64.

Arrests Prevented by A64 = ZERO!



DonkeyHotoy
DonkeyHotoy

@DonkeyHotay 

I apologize for this. I have absolutely no self control, and my schizophrenia and Tourettes just kicks in and forces me to shriek obscenities and mindless drivel every few minutes. Of course, my obsessions with gay sex, scat, and fisting also come out at the same time. I'll make it up to all of you, though. I'm going to go step in front of a train

Jimmy
Jimmy

@DonkeyHotay Hey Moron, this happend last year well ahead of A64 so it has nothing to do with it whatsoever, but thanks for continuing to try to pin all of the world's ill's on A64.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jimmy ... the story is about this year's ban on this year's 420 gathering and the threatened upcoming futile legal action, you clueless clown.

Have another bong hit.

And remember, YOU supported A64 which EXPLICITLY BANS any open PUBLIC consumption of Marijuana. You fucked yourself, chump.


DonkeyHotoy
DonkeyHotoy


@stuka1 @DonkeyHotay It's all true. I am a pathetic loser with no life at all. I spend my entire day, every day, in my mommy's basement trolling entertainment blogs and mastubating. I apologize, there really is no excuse for me. I'm going to do the world a favor now and kill myself.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 

JackAssHoBoy = fucking ignorant cunt.

WHEN did *I* "promote/support" A64, EVER?

You have a serious problem with making shit up as you go along to support your twisted version of reality.

In other words, you are a pathological LIAR

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 

A64 is YOUR TURD! ... YOU promoted it, YOU supported it, YOU voted for it! ... now YOU EAT IT!

A64 EXPLICITLY disallows open PUBLIC consumption. 

The VOTERS have SPOKEN!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = fucking idiot

Pretty fucking stupid of you to stereotype everyone who voted toward ending prohibition as "stoners".

You ASSUME a great deal. No surprise here. I have not been to any of those rallies.

Moron. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@HB420 ... delusional revisionism. 

YOU stoners wrote, promoted and passed A64 ... most of you too clueless to read, much less comprehend what it proposed.

Many people -- pro-pot activists included -- repeatedly pointed out the GROSS errors and flaws of A64 as soon as Lyin' Brian Vicente and Mendacious Mason Tvert began promoting it ... you ignorant fucktards ignored those warnings ... at your own peril.

Now it's in the Colorado Constitution as supreme law of the state.

YOUR TURD! ... YOU EAT IT!


HB420
HB420

@DonkeyHotay 

Hey Donkey if you could re-write the law what changes would you make?  Are you totally against people using cannabis or are you just against the law that passed?  Totally honest question here...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = stoner too stupid to not criminalize his own behavior via the festering turd that is A64.

What MORONS would disobey the Law THEY wrote and promoted?


stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay = idiot prohibitionist too stupid to get that 4/20 is about civil disobedience

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