4/20 at CU Boulder: Campus is quiet, estimated $100,000-plus spent to keep it that way
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.
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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."
Not that law enforcement was entirely idle on Saturday.
A photo posted Saturday on the CU-Boulder Police Facebook page captured a quiet campus.
"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.
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