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University of Colorado Spent $100K to Prevent Weed-Smoking on 4/20

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The University of Colorado at Boulder spent over a hundred grand this year to prevent a massive annual group pot party on their grounds for the second year in a row. School officials closed campus to anyone who wasn't a student, saying they wanted to preserve "the academic mission of the institution." This is almost as bad as the fact that those who go to the Boulder Reservoir this Fourth of July will have to limit their drinking to a specific beer garden. What is HAPPENING to our good nation?!


CU's 4/20 smoke-out is a time-honored tradition for the college, which is typically ranked as one of the top party schools in the country. You might be thinking, hey, isn't that stuff legal in Colorado now? Yes. Yes it is. But it's not legal to smoke in public and it's only legal for small amounts. A large-scale "smoke-out" featuring 10,000 people on a college campus was apparently too much for the state to handle.

Prevention costs went primarily to pay for police officers, a change from 2012, when fish fertilizer was applied to Norlin Quad to deter people who might want to enter.

If you'd like to learn more about the day that wasn't, Boulder's school paper, the CU Independent, has thrilling coverage of the event, or lack thereof. Literally, an entire section of their website is devoted to the topic: "4/20. News. Entertainment. Sports." The non-event even prompted an opinion piece in the Independent entitled "Spring snow poses bigger disturbance than 4/20."

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You can also relive the glory days that once were with this song/video from 2011 by a musical artist Small Hands named "This is Our Colorado." It's a chill jam. And if this one isn't your thing, there's hundreds more.

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10.000 high people all crowed up in a relatively small area would have been a huge safety concern. Just off the top of my head, what if somebody has an allergic reaction to the drugs? Can help get to them fast enough with 10.000 people with dulled sense in the way? Can they even manage to ask for help at all? What if something triggers a panic reaction, and those 10.000 people start stampeding on each other? What if one of those 10.000 people brings stronger drugs than weed, maybe something like that hallucinogenic mushroom that made a guy rip his own dick off or maybe bath salts? Or, we all know how common rape is on campus, what if some rapists take advantage of the confusion to rape girls with dulled senses?

They were non-students too, so they would have got in the way of students who wanted to attend class.

Look, I get that the demonization of low-tier drugs is absurd, especially when kids who did nothing worse than smoking pot are getting thrown in jail while actual criminals are cuddled ("oh noes, that poor bright man raped somebody, poor him!"). But come the fuck on. The university of Colorado is not the bad guy here.