Top

blog

Stories

 

4/20 at CU Boulder: Campus is quiet, estimated $100,000-plus spent to keep it that way

cu boulder 420 2013 205x205.jpg
Big photos below.
Last week, CU-Boulder Police's Ryan Huff outlined plans related to the campus' closure on 4/20, and said most visitor-pass applications seemed inspired by Friday's Macklemore concert rather than plans to protest the second consecutive April 20 shutdown.

And so it went: While a huge crowd gathered at Denver's Civic Center Park for a rally disrupted by a shooting, CU-Boulder, once home to an enormous 4/20 event, was quiet. But making sure it stayed that way wasn't cheap.

"I think it was a non-event," says Huff, the CU-Boulder Police Department's spokesman. "The number of people we saw on campus was similar to a normal Saturday during springtime. We had absolutely no negative interactions with people.

"Some people did complain about the closure," he acknowledges, "but they were provided with index cards that showed them how to express their thoughts to the administration." Overall, "people were generally understanding, and there were no arrests."

cu boulder 420 2013 facebook 1.jpg
A photo posted Saturday on the CU-Boulder Police Facebook page captured a quiet campus.
Not that law enforcement was entirely idle on Saturday.

"There were two students cited for marijuana possession around 4:30 p.m.," Huff confirms. The pair were just outside Baker Hall, one of the dorms on campus, he notes, and because "one person was under the age of 21, that person was given two tickets -- one for public consumption of marijuana, and the other for possessing less than two ounces of marijuana.

"The other person was over the age of 21, so that person, also a student, is allowed to legally possess an ounce or less of marijuana" under the guidelines of Amendment 64, Huff continues. "So the only ticket they received was public consumption of marijuana, which is a petty offense in the state."

When asked if the two could have been staging a very small, personal protest, Huff replies, "I don't think so. I think this was two students who just happened to be smoking marijuana outside one of the residence halls, which could happen on any day here -- not just 4/20."

How many officers were deployed to secure the campus? Huff declines to answer for security purposes. However, he says the total was "similar to the number of officers used last year," when the university's expenses for closure number one was approximately $125,000.

Continue for more about 4/20 at CU-Boulder, including photos.



Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
24 comments
BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

God forbid they give another few students some badly-needed financial aid.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Not that Colorado schools need that money desperately or anything...

Keon Truth
Keon Truth

anyone else notice how cu and boulder has to bitch either way, last year and years prior they bitched about spending too much when 420 is in session...now they bitch about spending to keep it quiet....cant fucking win haha

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

100,000 to not have a bullet burnin flesh .. Yea seems legit

Aron Sage
Aron Sage

only to have them go to denver and deal with the shooting

Robert Barnhart
Robert Barnhart

No wonder Colorado's financial steps look like California's. They waste money the same way.

Miles Collins
Miles Collins

How much did it cost CU to have security/clean up campus after the last 420 event that actually happened in Boulder? I mean, if it cost them $100,000 to keep campus closed this time, surely it had to cost more the last 420 where it was open, right?

Casey Kratzer
Casey Kratzer

And think of all the money that went to Denver area that could have been boulder areas...

Tyler DeFelice
Tyler DeFelice

They should be spending their money on better things!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Leising ... the Schools have the $40,000,000 annual EXCISE TAX WINDFALL that the lying liars who promoted A64 promised the State.

Tax THE SHIT out of Marijuana! ... the Voters have Spoken !!

stuka1
stuka1

@Brad Aerts  

Yeah let's shut down the City Park Jazz, Oktoberfest, and every other public gathering because the gangbangers might show up and start shooting. Good idea, numbnuts.

stuka1
stuka1

@Jacob Collins  

English your third language?

stuka1
stuka1

@Brad Aerts  

Oh, yes, and jazz was the reason the gangbangers killed policewoman Celina Hollis, too, right, asshole?

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@stuka1 We should just send out the details of said events in Pig-Latin with Wing Ding font.  

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@stuka1 Well, jazz IS the devil's music.  Seriously, if you've ever been to either a 420 rally or Jazz in the Park, there are lots of people there to have fun, and then there is the small group of riffraff who likes to cause problems.  Funny, I've never associated Miles Davis with packing a Glock 17 loaded with hollow points, but whatever floats your boat.

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...