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4/20 at CU-Boulder: Attorney may seek permit to hold pot rally on campus despite closure

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CU-Boulder recently announced that it would close its campus on April 20 for the second consecutive year in an effort to squelch the annual 4/20 rally traditionally held there.

Attorney Rob Corry, who last year took CU to court in an unsuccessful attempt to thwart the closure, has some new tactics to fight the decision, such as possibly filing for a permit to hold a pot rally on the grounds despite the shutdown. Still, he's not ruling out the possibility of filing another complaint over the action.

Corry tells us he's had discussions with the university's counsel, "and his idea was applying for a permit through the normal process."

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Rob Corry.
Granted, there's nothing normal about the campus closure, even though it happened last year. For instance, a CU-Boulder student leader revealed that the visitor-pass application procedures were still being fleshed out even after the announcement about cutting off access to the campus to most non-students.

Besides, Corry says, "part of the beauty of this is that it's leaderless -- an organic event that happens on its own. To get a permit, you have to have a leader, supply logistical items like Porta-Potties, cleanup, insurance. So we're looking into whether that's feasible. If we apply for a permit and convince CU we can deal with all the externalities of it, and if someone steps up, maybe CU will fold."

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Bronson Hilliard.
Unlikely. In a recent interview, CU-Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard (disclosure: a longtime friend of yours truly) stressed that the university would only to be open to visitors who could prove they had official business on campus -- and he specifically noted that smoking marijuana in public was unlawful under both federal law and Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of cannabis.

The fact that April 20 is on a Saturday this year shouldn't be a consideration, Hilliard added, because a great deal of activity takes place at the school on weekends, and it would be disrupted by thousands of puffing revelers. But Corry says this assertion is contradicted by claims the university made last year in fighting his request for a temporary restraining order against the closure.

"CU's core argument -- that this somehow disrupts classes -- is far less effective because they have not articulated a single campus-related academic activity that will happen that Saturday," he allows. He draws a distinction between Hilliard's general statement and specifics: "I want to know what's going on there. I graduated from CU myself, and my experience is that the campus is pretty quiet and empty on Saturdays. So they need to articulate what we might be disturbing.

"During the hearing," he continues, "we pointed out that CU football games are far more numerous and rowdy, and last a lot longer, than the 4/20 rally does. And CU responded, 'That's Saturday.' But here we are: The good Lord has placed 4/20 on a Saturday, and they have to deal with that argument."

For his part, CU spokesoman Hilliard has said university attorneys feel like they're on firm legal footing for the closure, whether it's on Saturday or not.

Continue for more on 4/20 at CU-Boulder, including a look at last year's request for a temporary restraining order against the university.



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11er
11er

I'm in Chicago, but i lived on Capitol Hill for 15 yrs. so i do have some input... It really makes no sense to take 1 day away from people just wanting to have a good time w/o any trouble. i know BLAH-BLAH-BLAH it's not legal in public, but i bet there are other crimes being commited elsewhere in BOULDER and community.. Just make a deal with 420 organizers to ask their students to promise straight A's next semester, and offer tutoring.......  COME-ON   ADMIN.. have  a    heart......

Squi Rrel
Squi Rrel

I think that they should. They can sell weed and make money, as long as they do it in a respectable and appropriate manner. Then again from a business perspective parents aren't going to want to pay to send their children to a place they can smoke weed with school.

Hillary Potter
Hillary Potter

@ Casey Kratzer, there is NO alcohol served at the Coors Event Center (where they play basketball) or at Folsom Field (football). @ Mark Ewell, CU's operating budget comprises less than 8% from public funding. Yes, it's a state university, but on issues of how much of "our taxes" are going to the university and on the distribution or sell of alcohol, folks need to get their facts straight before making their arguments.

Maat Human
Maat Human

and now... we pray to jah... sluuuuuurrrrrrrr....

Casey Kratzer
Casey Kratzer

fuck cu all theyre doing is screwing the crazy buisness 4/20 brings to surounding stores and such lets just all go smoke in front of all our politians at the capital and spend our money in denver before and after.

Casey Kratzer
Casey Kratzer

^adrianna^Isnt there beer at every sporting event on campus pretty sure people do drink on campus kinda positive acually.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Such as possibly filing for a permit to hold a pot rally? Beg for your rights, the peons in the feild talk of revolt, please sir permit us to hold this rally for our human rights.  We shall file all requested documents with your loardships procouncil as to allow you and your most knowing council to deny this permit any time in the future thus making it an issue of permits rather then human rights.  With lawyers like these don't hope for your human rights to assemble any time soon.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

I guess they don't have to smoke in the park, they could always smoke next to your house or business which is what's going to happen.

Adrianna Vallejos
Adrianna Vallejos

NO...do people drink on campus??? I think not! Come on people there is a time and a place for everything!

Stacey Rogers
Stacey Rogers

Students who are over 21 should be able to partake, just like alcohol. Under 21? Sorry, but you must wait.

Mark Ewell
Mark Ewell

Seems like basically, the University doesn't like the message, so they've been taking steps to prevent the exercise of 1A rights. The University is owned by the public, and no matter what it seems that the students should have the right to assemble there.

guest
guest

I don't get it either.  Why is this lawyer pushing for a permit to do something illegal?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Public Display, Use and Consumption is NOT legal under A64 or A20.

Why do Stoners ALWAYS want to break The LAW ?  ... even LAWS THEY wrote !!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Hillary Potter ... stoners never bother to check facts before they begin their trite Victimization Whine ... they figure the rest of the world is as ignorant as they are and will believe any nonsense they spew ... like their bong-sucking buddies.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CoreyDonahue 

Stoner's crave the FIST of REGULATION ... like a battered wife craves the "love" of her abuser.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Leising ... the self-confessed criminal drug dealer promoting more criminality.

How special.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Stacey Rogers ... it's ILLEGAL to consume marijuana in public, at any age.

Sorry, but you must grow a brain.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mark Ewell ... except these puerile pot punks have shown their propensity previously to puff pot in public, which is prohibited.


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@guest His intent is to sue them when they reject the permit, thus giving him a leg in the door. Sometimes, to change policy or laws, lawyers have to find a way to trigger a lawsuit.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@guest ... "this lawyer" has a lengthy criminal record including sexual assault and gun crimes.

Perhaps that explains his continued propensity for criminal activity.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay "Public display...is NOT legal under A64.."

WRONG.

Donkey_Hotays_Dog
Donkey_Hotays_Dog

@DonkeyHotay On 4/20, we will be smoking weed with other good doggies in Civic Center Park. SS's need to come up to Denver and join in the BIG PAHTY! Forget CU, let's take it to the streets and the state Capitol! It's FUN to break the LAW!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = King of the Vinctimization Whine.

hth fucking chickenshit whiny pussy

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay @CoreyDonahue Ah, yes the jackass once again expresses his obsession and fascination for gay sex, scat, and having a man's hand inside his asshole.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... public display of ANY amount is ILLEGAL under A64 for EVERYONE under 21.


A64 -- NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PERMIT CONSUMPTION THAT IS CONDUCTED OPENLY AND PUBLICLY


A20 -- (a) No patient shall:


(I) Engage in the medical use of marijuana in a way that endangers the health or well-being of any person; or 
(II)

 Engage in the medical use of marijuana in plain view of, or in a place open tothe general public

(b) In addition to any other penalties provided by law, the state health agency shall revoke for a period of one year the registry identification card of any patient found to have willfully violated the provisions of this section or the implementing legislation adopted by the general assembly. 


stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay @stuka1  It fucking ROCKS to be me. You're the one crying here all day every day

hth miserable chickenshit whiny pussy

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "Vinctimization [sic]"

Sucks to be you, don't it stoner?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@stuka1 @DonkeyHotay @CoreyDonahue That's not all. He also confuses possessive forms with plural forms.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = once again displays his anal fization, gay sex obsession, penchant for scat

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = CAPO DI TUTTI CAPI of the Victimization Whine

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."

@stuka1  "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes."

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

"Arrests prevented by A64 = ZERO !!"

That is a LIE, you pathetic whining pussy. 


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."

@stuka1  "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes."

Arrests prevented by A64 = ZERO !!

Thanks for playing, better luck next time, chump.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

Try to folllow along, you fucking idiot.

ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes. YOU are claiming that DISPLAY is illegal for EVERYONE. That is a LIE. 

DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal. THAT IS NOT IN DISPUTE, DUMBFUCK. STRAWMAN MUCH, ASSHOLE?

hth fucking moron.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1  

DISPLAY is ILLEGAL for EVERYONE under 21, you drooling imbecile.

DISPLAY is ILLEGAL for EVERYONE rocking more than 1 pathetic ounce, you stammering stooge.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 

DISPLAY IS NOT CONSUMPTION

hth fucking moron

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

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


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

DISPLAY is not CONSUMPTION, you ignorant asswipe.

A64: 

THE FOLLOWING ACTS ARE NOT UNLAWFUL AND SHALL NOT BE AN OFFENSE UNDER COLORADO LAW OR THE LAW OF ANY LOCALITY WITHIN COLORADO OR BE A BASIS FOR SEIZURE OR FORFEITURE OF ASSETS UNDER COLORADO LAW FOR PERSONS TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER: 

(a) POSSESSING, USING, DISPLAYING, PURCHASING, OR TRANSPORTING MARIJUANA ACCESSORIES OR ONE OUNCE OR LESS OF MARIJUANA.


hth fucking moron.

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