CU Unlikely To Repeat 4/20 Photos

CU Unlikely To Repeat 4/20 Photos
Posted by CN Staff on May 10, 2006 at 09:31:13 PT
By Pierrette J. Shields, The Daily Times-Call 
Source: Daily Times-Call
Boulder -- University of Colorado officials aren’t sure that a tactic used April 20 to discourage an annual pot-smoking celebration on Farrand Field worked well enough for an encore next year.About 2,500 people attended the annual, unofficial celebration of marijuana use, and officials arranged for participants to be photographed at the event at the closed field that was marked with 40 “no trespassing” signs.
About 250 photographs were posted on the University of Colorado Police Web site, along with the promise of a $50 reward for subjects’ identities. Students who were identified were referred to the University of Colorado Judicial Affairs to face possible disciplinary procedures for trespassing at the school. “The thing is, it was overwhelming to us,” said Barrie Hartman, a CU spokesman. “We had no idea how many students would respond, calling in and so forth.”Hartman said the judicial affairs office was flooded with cases from the event. Rewards were to be paid out of any fines collected from those identified.A check of the Web site Tuesday night found the photos had already been removed.“The number of calls we are getting is winding down,” said Lt. Tim McGraw of the CU police department.McGraw said about half of the people in the photos were identified.Hartman said he expects that a “representative sample” of the identified students will likely face school disciplinary procedures. CU has a two-strike policy as a means of discouraging students from breaking the rules outlined in the student code of conduct.Students referred to judicial affairs may have their cases reviewed and resolved by one of several kinds of administrative reviews or heard by judicial affairs board, according to the CU Web site.The board has at least one student and one faculty member. The offense “information must demonstrate that it was more likely than not that the conduct occurred.”Hartman said the university decided to use the photo tactic to address the gathering to use an illegal substance without triggering a serious confrontation with the large crowd of participants.“We feel that as long as smoking marijuana is against the law we need to react in some way, but we need to react in a ... restrained way,” Hartman said, noting that the crowd far outnumbered the university’s police force.“From a pragmatic standpoint, our enforcement options are severely limited on the scene,” McGraw said of the possibility of ticketing so many people.University officials closed the field for the day to discourage the event, but the signs were ignored. Last year, the sprinklers were turned on at the field to douse the participants. Hartman said he doesn’t know what the university will do about the gathering next year but said administrators feel that many people would like the university to discourage illegal behaviors on campus.“We’re going to do as you guys to tell us what to do,” Hartman said. “We’ve run out of ideas.”Source: Daily Times-Call, The (CO)Author: Pierrette J. Shields, The Daily Times-Call Published: May 10, 2006Copyright: 2006, The Daily Times-CallContact: opinion times-call.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Safer Choice 4/20 Crackdown - Colorado Daily for Pot Smoking
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Comment #6 posted by John Tyler on May 11, 2006 at 19:41:45 PT
here is an idea
Here is an idea. Don’t make a big deal about the student using cannabis. It makes the school look petty and vindictive pulling a stunt like this.  This is supposed to be an institution of higher education. Let the students explore higher education. The schools job is to guide students, not jerk them around.    
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Comment #5 posted by mayan on May 10, 2006 at 17:38:25 PT
Yes, they surely have run out of them. 
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Comment #4 posted by OverwhelmSam on May 10, 2006 at 13:41:58 PT
Run Out of Ideas?
I can think of 1 MAJOR idea that they haven't tried, legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. The masses are not going to peacefully assemble over something that's commonplace in Society. I say again, we are surrounded by idiots.
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on May 10, 2006 at 11:49:05 PT
“We’ve run out of ideas.”
No kidding! If only all the prohibitionists would admit that. Instead they endlessly recycle disproven myths about the "danger" of cannabis. The jig is up though: because of the Internet and devoted activists, prohibitionist lies are falling increasingly on deaf ears.
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Comment #2 posted by freewillks on May 10, 2006 at 11:21:38 PT
listen to your students!
“We’re going to do as you guys to tell us what to do,” Hartman said. “We’ve run out of ideas.”Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't 2500 students just stand up and tell you somthing? The murderers keep murderin
The churches keep a burnin
The rapists keep a rapin
And the tide ain't turninUncle Sam for all your power
Things get worse every hour
It seems to me your energies
Are wasted chasin my friends and meSo hey, Uncle Sam
Leave us pot smokers alone
Uncle Sam
Leave us pot smokers aloneThe terrorists keep terrorizin
Our leaders keep a lyin
The haters keep a hatin
And the planet's dyinUncle Sam, do what's proper
Call off your dogs and your helicopters
The problems of society
Were not caused by my friends and meHow many innocent people gonna be imprisoned
We're just peace lovin spleef puffin brotherhood freaks
A touch of Mother Nature never made nobody violent
Never made nobody hate nobody or break nobody's peaceIt's never been shown to be harmful don't you tell me no lies
With your caffeine codeine nicotine eyes
The cannabis ban is just recent just since 1938
Relegalize it. Realize it. You made a big mistakeTHE TOYES
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 10, 2006 at 11:07:43 PT
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