CU Boulder Announces Huge Cost of Banning 4/20 Celebrations

 by lucy

On Thursday, officials at the University of Colorado Boulder announced that they spent almost $108,000 this year to stop students from celebrating 4/20 on campus.

In previous years, the unsanctioned event had drawn as many as 12,000 people to the quad, causing a disruption to the school’s academic mission, according to officials.

Chancellor Phil DiStefano explained in a statement, “While this is not money we are eager to spend, we have to ask ourselves what the costs are to us for having our work disrupted or having a student or bystander injured because we allowed the gathering on campus.”

CU Boulder openly allows tailgates before sports games, where students and attendees often consume large amounts of alcohol.  The school has not taken any steps to shut those events down, despite the fact that they share similar risks.

The costs for this year’s closure of the Norlin Quad included:

  • $70,850 for CU police/security/parking overtime and labor costs for officers from outside agencies
  • $12,025 for miscellaneous expenses including supplies, facility rentals, printing, food, and water for personnel
  • $9,881 for Argus security staff assisting with police operations
  • $5,591 for overtime labor costs in facilities, including groundskeeping
  • $5,016 for parking equipment rentals including cones, message signs noting campus closures, and barricades
  • $4,431 for fire/ambulance coverage

According to University officials, funding for the closure of parts of campus on 4/20 came from campus insurance premium rebates resulting from deductions in liability and hazard claims.

This was the second year the CU Boulder administration decided to shut down 4/20 celebrations on campus.  This year officials were able to cut back on $17,000 worth of expenses from the inaugural shut down.



5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    FeeltheTHC said on Jun 28, 2013

    What a waste of money, on such a petty issue. Just let the people smoke an celebrate big one day out of 365 days of the year…

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    559airandtrees said on Jun 29, 2013

    my guess is they dont take the similar stance to the tailgating foot ball games because of the money it generates and maybe even some big donars with ties to big alcohol, but in the end its about money, the money to pay these people, im sure they love this.

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    spkavyo said on Jun 29, 2013

    And the celebration goes on, just not on campus. I think this is a shortsighted and wasteful effort by CU Boulder officials who don't approve of marijuana. Maybe the Boulder dispensaries can get together and sponsor an official 4/20 party somewhere else, like the reservoir maybe?

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    SmokinW said on Jun 29, 2013

    Isn't it legal in Colorado ?

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    CRONICelt said on Jun 30, 2013

    Yeah the problem is What are All of the Colleges and Universities doing about the massive Drinking Problem… Nothing right? This is so stupid. People have overdosed on Alcohol at pretty much every state and private, college and university in the country and CU just spent 100k on some Anti Marijuana measures… The US needs major reform to the education system within.

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