4/20 at CU-Boulder: University expects quiet day but will be ready for anything

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Earlier this week, we chatted with CU-Boulder Police's Ryan Huff about the school's preparations to close campus on 4/20 for the second consecutive year. He said many of the 100 or so people who'd requested visitor passes for tomorrow seemed more focused on attending tonight's Macklemore concert than protesting the university's actions. CU-Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard agrees that criticism has been muted thus far. But even though the school expects a quiet day tomorrow, personnel will be ready just in case problems erupt.

"I think we've only gotten about thirty e-mails to the chancellor's office" complaining about the closure decision, says Hilliard (disclosure: a longtime friend of yours truly). "And by the time the announcement had gone out last year, I'm pretty certain the e-mail response had been in the hundreds."

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To what does Hilliard attribute the griping shrinkage? "I think people recognize that we won a court case last year that basically said there is no unbridled, unlimited First Amendment right to go onto a college campus and smoke pot. The university has a right to manage its physical grounds around its mission, which is research and teaching."

Another possible factor, he adds, "might be the bigness of what's going to be happening in Denver -- two days of events, plus the Red Rocks show, plus the Snoop Lion show, plus all the other things in Denver. It seems to be shaping up to be a festival atmosphere, and I think that's going to draw a lot of people" who might have otherwise stayed in Boulder.

Thus far, Hilliard says CU officials "haven't seen anything that would indicate a large-scale protest" against the university. "There have been a few Facebook sites where somebody will post, 'Let's reclaim the campus,' but then no one posts underneath it, or it only gets fifteen or sixteen likes. So we're not seeing anything that looks like an organized effort.

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Bronson Hilliard.
"That doesn't mean there won't be one," he hastens to add. "One thing about the current digital environment is that protests and demonstrations and flash mobs and things like that can be organized on fairly short notice, and we're aware of that."

Even if the day goes as smoothly as anticipated, Hilliard emphasizes that afterward, "we'll do what we have done following 4/20 every year, which is convene as an administration and look at what worked and what didn't work, and talk about the process for next year -- look at the landscape and see what special conditions there might be for next year."

The most obvious example of the latter? April 20 will fall on a Sunday, when a closure might be expected to cause even less of a fuss than Saturday, as is the case this year. Still, Hilliard says, "there's no way to automatically read what that means. We need to go through the same process we always do to see what this gathering means to various organizations and what direction those groups are moving in -- take it on a year-by-year basis."

Continue for more about 4/20 at CU-Boulder, including photos from last year's event.



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BronsonHilliard
BronsonHilliard

I think Bronson Hilliard has smoked a bowl or two in his life, even if he isn't willing to admit it.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

hey WW--FB has all your articles for the last 4 days coming up as malware security issue and won't let people to your links.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

"One thing about the current digital environment is that protests and demonstrations and flash mobs and things like that can be organized on fairly short notice, and we're aware of that."

Lets see if our youth have some balls.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Colorado would be completely hopeless w/o Boulder !

Boulder = The state's 'sacred messiah' .....

Steven Fowler
Steven Fowler

What's up with the site? Wonder what it affects?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Puerile Pot Punks have already shown their propensity to break the law ... even laws THEY wrote, supported and voted for.


CB Barthlow
CB Barthlow

Clicked the link and got a malware warning from Chrome

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BronsonHilliard ... and yet he's still smart enough to know that acting like Puerile Pot Punks in Public doesn't promote any positive public perception of pot.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@KathleenChippi ... the marijuana propaganda "journalism" is so bad that Google bots have identified the content as malware.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@KathleenChippi  ... balls to act like Puerile Pot Punks abusing and violating the provisions of the A64 they promoted and voted for?


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== pathetic puerile pussy prohibitionist, still crying over Prohibition's HUGE LOSS with A64, half a year later! BOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay You know this because they're a hive mind, and you've locked into their frequency, huh?

People are individuals. They vote and act as the please, not according to your puerile pot punk formula.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jonathan Wilkin  ... Boobs and Bongs? 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."
stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"

stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."
suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@Cog_Dis <<<<=== derp denial

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@KathleenChippi"So they should follow bad law? "

A bad law THEY wrote, promoted and voted into the Colorado Constitution. If they wanted the right to smoke in PUBLIC, they should have written that into the festering turd A64 in the first place, instead of specifically declaring that such behavior shall NOT be legal.

Stoner Credibility = ZERO

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@KathleenChippi"And stoners wonder why the rest of society doesn't take them seriously, or trust them to behave appropriately." 

So they should follow bad law?   Appropriately in this case IMO means don't follow bad law and null and void bad law through jury nullification.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@KathleenChippi ... bad form to publicly violate the new law THEY supported and voted for ... almost the definition of Puerile Pot Punkery.

And stoners wonder why the rest of society doesn't take them seriously, or trust them to behave appropriately.

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