Don't Go To 4/20 Marijuana Smoke-Out
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Don't Go To 4/20 Marijuana Smoke-Out
Posted by CN Staff on April 17, 2009 at 04:27:42 PT
By Lance Vaillancourt
Source: Daily Camera 
Boulder, Colo. -- From dousing pot smokers with sprinklers to posting incriminating photos online, University of Colorado officials seemingly have tried everything to snuff the annual 4/20 smoke-out on the Boulder campus. This year, they're just delivering a simple message to students: Don't go.Campus officials this week sent the entire student body an e-mail -- signed by interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano and others -- urging them to "choose not to participate in unlawful activity that debases the reputation of your university and degree."
With last year's April 20 celebration having drawn more than 10,000 marijuana enthusiasts to the Norlin Quadrangle, CU's leaders are wary about Monday's event sparking more bad press for the university."A gathering of thousands on our campus for the sole purpose of engaging in unlawful activity is contrary to everything that CU-Boulder stands for and is in no way condoned," DiStefano wrote in the e-mail.To some CU students, however, the attempt to quash interest in 4/20 is misguided."I believe it is a peaceful way to demonstrate against what is probably the most laughable and unenforceable law in the United States," junior Oliver DiLivio said. "While I partly go for the spectacle, I do believe there needs to be some reform in regard to this country's drug policy."For their part, CU police officials are taking the same stance as last year, when they issued zero tickets -- despite the massive crowd of pot smokers."I don't think it will turn into any significant enforcement -- primarily because we're dealing with a Class 2 petty offense, the lowest designation of crime there is in Colorado," Cmdr. Tim McGraw said. "Our primary focus is on the overall safety of the crowd."To that end, McGraw warned that students bringing objects to the rally that could be construed as potentially injurious -- such as trampolines, slacklines or glass items -- would give officers more of an incentive to become involved."We may ticket a whole bunch of people; we may ticket no one," McGraw said. "We'll just have to wait to see what unfolds in front of us and act accordingly."This year's event -- held at the traditional time of 4:20 p.m. April 20 -- will be preceded by the National Forum on Marijuana, a weekend conference on campus hosted by the CU chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.Guest speakers at the event include Jessica Peck Corry, who was behind last year's ballot measure to end affirmative action on Colorado college campuses; Cmdr. Tom Sloan of the Boulder County Drug Task Force; and Steve Bloom, the founding editor of High Times magazine.Student organizers said they hope to present a balanced approach to such subjects as the history of marijuana prohibition, medical marijuana, marijuana law reform and a host of other related topics."We're really excited to be bringing in speakers from all over the country for this," said Alex Douglas, executive director of CU's chapter of NORML. "Anyone that goes will be informed, enlightened and empowered by this unbiased forum where every side of the issue is presented."Because of the increased media attention from last year's event, Douglas said that he believes Monday's 4/20 smoke-out may draw as many as 15,000 attendees -- although it is on a weekday, unlike last year's event.Still, Douglas encouraged any who show up to keep the event's main principle in mind."The most important thing about 4/20 is that students are engaging in a much larger social movement, so if you are a student and you decide to participate in this event, think about the global and national meaning of what you're actually doing," Douglas said. "This is your chance to stand up for what you believe in."CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard disagreed."The event is not, in our mind, an act of protesting drug laws," Hilliard said. "It's got much more of a party atmosphere than it does a political one ... I don't think any outside people watching it would view it as a political protest."I think they would just view it as a giant smoke-out."Source: Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)Author: Lance VaillancourtPublished: April 16, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Daily CameraWebsite: openforum dailycamera.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on April 17, 2009 at 14:07:05 PT
Marijuana Forum Set for CU This Weekend
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Comment #9 posted by AdaptBones on April 17, 2009 at 12:37:17 PT:
What more reason do you need...
The powers that have been advocating prohibition and keeping it the "status quo" want you to not go to a rally expressing freedom...what other reason do you need to want to go? Blessed be everyone and have a great 4/20!
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on April 17, 2009 at 09:05:04 PT
I haven't been paying much attention to the news this week but when this woman came on Keith Olbermann's show last night I heard something she said that made me perk up and listen. She helped me understand what I have been wondering for a very long time.
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Comment #7 posted by josephlacerenza on April 17, 2009 at 08:43:29 PT
WHY does the fact the the top 1% made 23% of the income in duMerica not piss people off?? Why do the teabaggers think they will ever be that top 5%??? Who is smoking what? I think it was on this site, it is not what their smoking but the amount of methane they are ingesting!!! haha;)
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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on April 17, 2009 at 08:36:54 PT
USA must change
look at what this country has come to - cowardly leaders, begging the masses to just Obey! don't THINK! Can't you all just OBEY! Just keep working furiously and consuming so us in the 1% can reap the benefits of your mental and physical indentured servitude.DON'T think about right and wrong, just OBEY blindly. DON'T question us as the economy tanks and we sink into ever more wars and brutality at home. Bill Maher had an interesting stat the other night. In 2001, the upper 1% of all income earners in the US earned 8% of the total income. In 2008, the upper 1% earned 23% of all income.But ignore the man behind the curtain! DO NOT LOOK AT the man behind the curtain!
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Comment #5 posted by Vincent on April 17, 2009 at 07:06:56 PT:
Bad press
The University of Colorado is worried about receiving bad press from Conservative news services. Like those fools that participated in the assinine "Tea Party"? Bad press from them? Well, as they said in "Gone With The Wind", FRANKLY MY DEAR, I DON'T GIVE A DAMN.  
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on April 17, 2009 at 06:58:27 PT
CU / Boulder has woke up.
???participate in unlawful activity that debases the reputation of your university and degree." ???The reputation CU has puts it on the map. In a good way. It says they are not of the prohibitionist crowd. It stands out exclaiming We do not support cannabis prohibition, We don't want to be associated with or as cannabis prohbiitionist and We don't like those kind of people.Many students are embarrassed to have parents who support cannabis prohibition; this is a way to rid some of that embarassment...CU and Boulder has woke up.-0-And SNOW?A-Basin ski area reports 15" this morning with a lot more coming down still and more in the forecast for the next 2 days.
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Comment #3 posted by josephlacerenza on April 17, 2009 at 06:44:17 PT
Storm Crow
There is a storm forming in Colorado, literally!!! I am hopeful that the turnout is large, but their talking about the possibility of 3 feet of snow in Boulder and Denver. I've lived in the Denver area and when they say snow, they mean it LoL!!! This should just tickle the BOSSES on campus. All those hippies trying to smoke their reefer in the snow. 
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Comment #2 posted by Storm Crow on April 17, 2009 at 06:18:35 PT
You guys all know what's going to happen......
It's going to be the BIGGEST, most memorable 420 Smoke Out...until the one for legalization! LOL
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Comment #1 posted by Brandon Perera on April 17, 2009 at 04:50:24 PT:
An hows the morning goin? wish i had some thc :( I have to say that its childish to try to stop a national celebration. haha national boy
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