University of Colorado Vows to Crackdown on Annual 4/20 SmokeoutBy Sativa Galore | The Daily Chronic April 4, 2012
BOULDER, CO — The University of Colorado, long considered one of the country’s top party schools, announced Tuesday that they will try new efforts to kill the annual 4/20 smokeout at the school’s Boulder campus. The celebration, which draws upwards of 10,000 people annually, is considered to be the largest 4/20 celebration on a college campus in the United States.
The party has traditionally been held every April 20 in a large field surrounded by student dormitories, and attracts thousands of people to the annual celebration. In past years, the university has tried to disrupt the event by turning on the field’s water sprinklers, but to no avail.
This year’s efforts include:
- Ticketing those caught smoking pot in public, which can result in a $100 fine
- Deploying a large number of police officers from CU and “regional agencies,” including Colorado State Patrol enforcement on U.S. 36 and state licensing enforcement at Boulder dispensaries
- Enforcing parking regulations on campus and in adjacent neighborhoods
- Advising faculty not to cancel classes on 4/20
- Enforcing the ban on selling food, merchandize or medical marijuana on campus
Students caught possessing marijuana would face disciplinary sanctions by the school, and their names would be posted online by the school if they are ticketed on April 20th.
“This imposition on the campus significantly disrupts the university’s operations – including teaching, learning and research,” University Chancellor Philip DiStefano said in a statement. “It needs to end.”
Meanwhile, in an effort to keep students away from the smoke-out, the university will spend $150,000 to host a free, students-only hip-hop concert featuring Wyclef Jean, who has promoted marijuana legalization in the past, and referenced pot in song and on stage.