Last year, University of Colorado officials took a strong stance against large-scale 4/20 celebrations, banning a party that had previously taken place each year at University of Colorado Boulder. Despite the fact that marijuana is now legal in Colorado, university officials are taking the same stance against the party this year.
CU officials say that because Amendment 64 bans outdoor marijuana use, the university will still not allow the party to take place. Officials have also said that the celebration disrupts academics, even though 4/20 falls on a Saturday this year.
University spokesman Bronson Hillard told the press, “4/20 is most certainly an unwelcome gathering on the campus.” The university is expected to reveal their plans for stopping the party later this week.
Measures to prevent the 4/20 party last year included a concert featuring Wyclef Jean, but few students attended. Additionally, campus officials closed the Norlin Quad of the Boulder campus, prohibited visitors to campus on 4/20, placed fishy-smelling fertilizer to deter individuals from spending time outside on campus, and required staff and students to show ID cards to access the campus. Overall, the university spent over $287,000 to prevent the 4/20 party from happening.
This year, however, it seems the university will take a bit of a different approach after student and university leaders expressed displeasure with the use of funds, though they have yet to reveal their plans. Student government executive Britni Hernandez explained, “Our administration’s feeling was that it wasn’t fiscally responsible. We spent a lot of student fee money to fund an event that didn’t have student input or buy-in.”
Amendment 64 campaign sponsor Mason Tvert is encouraging the CU system to reevaluate the message they are sending by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to stop students from smoking marijuana on campus while at the same time sanctioning football tailgates where students are allowed to openly consume large amounts of alcohol.
Tvert told the press, “CU has a handful of football games in which they openly allow people to consume copious amounts of alcohol, and they don’t seem to think there’s any problem with that. Marijuana is less harmful, and I don’t think the event is nearly as big of a problem as they make it out to be.”
While CU Boulder has not expressed their plans for 4/20/2013, assembly chairman Jerry Peterson shared his own stance, stating that the event ruins the university’s reputation. “I think 4/20 is the event by, for, and about losers. There’s no place for it on campus,” he said.
According to their website, Colorado University Boulder aims, “to inspire imagination, creativity, and discovery; become a global force for expanding frontiers of knowledge; exemplify the power of diversity; promote Colorado as a global crossroads of ideas and discovery; and prepare students to realize their full potential.” This seems to be in direct contradiction to the close-mindedness that the CU Boulder officials have shown when it comes to marijuana legalization and consumption.