- Conflict & Crisis
By Thomas H. Clarke
The Daily Chronic
March 12, 2013
The annual campus event, featuring speakers and lots of pot-smoking, has drawn thousands of attendees in recent years, including around 10,000 in 2011.
Over the years, university administrators have tried various means to suppress the event, but last year successfully barred non-students from entering the campus to join in the festivities.
“We are committed to ending the unwelcome 4/20 gathering on the CU-Boulder campus, and this year’s approach represents the continuance of a multi-year plan to achieve that end,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano in a statement.
“This isn’t about marijuana or drug laws. It’s about not disrupting the important work of a world-class university,” DiStefano added, although the unofficial stoner holiday falls on a Saturday, leading to minimal potential disruptions.
DiStefano noted that the passage of Amendment 64 by Colorado voters last year does not make marijuana legal on the CU-Boulder campus. Amendment 64 doesn’t legalize marijuana smoking in public or possession of marijuana by those under 21, and is still prohibited by campus drug policies.
Last year, the university’s closure on April 20 resulted in the reduction of a 4/20 crowd of about 10,000 to 12,000 people in 2011 to a crowd of only about several hundred.
The school announced that the following measures will be in place on April 20, 2013:
CU-Boulder officials this year agreed with CU student leaders on several new measures and adaptations in closing the campus:
Funding for the campus security measures comes from insurance rebates to the campus, not from tuition or student fees.