8,000 Light Up on Norlin Quad for Smoke-Out 
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8,000 Light Up on Norlin Quad for Smoke-Out 
Posted by CN Staff on April 20, 2011 at 15:56:09 PT
By Brittany Anas, Camera Staff Writer
Source: Colorado Daily
Colorado -- The grass is always greener on Norlin Quad on 4/20. As the clock struck 4:20 p.m., thousands of pot smokers took a communal toke and a giant plume of smoke formed above the University of Colorado's Boulder campus. "I am smoking weed like it's oxygen," said Robert Lodding, 21, of Chicago. Crowds erupted into cheers at 4:20 p.m., and, by 4:21 p.m., there was a chorus of coughing.
CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard estimates that, just before 4 p.m., about 8,000 people were in the crowd for the unsanctioned, annual smoke-out. Reports indicate traffic into Boulder on U.S. 36 is backed up, and, just before 4 p.m., police ordered Colorado Avenue shut down at Folsom Street. In preparation for the 4:20 p.m. smoke-out, Bradley Ehrlich, a CU student, pulled out his glass pipe and he and his friends packed blunts. "I'm going to take the biggest hit of my life," he said. Ehrlich said he started smoking at midnight, and added that he has his medical marijuana license to reduce back pain. "We're sending a message that this is a liberal, progressive town and we are ready to end prohibition," he said. "Weed needs to be legalized." Police have issued at least a half-dozen tickets for marijuana possession so far today. Luke, 18, who declined to give his last name, was among those ticketed after officers said they smelled marijuana on him and his friends. He said officers confiscated his weed, and he wished them "Happy 4/20" after he signed his petty offense ticket. By early afternoon, there were Frisbees being tossed and hula hoopers spinning about on the quad in anticipation of the 4:20 p.m. smoke-out. A few young ladies in white skirts performed an interpretive dance through the quad's walkway, though no music was playing. Dillon Perry, 17, of Lafayette, and Stefanie Miles, 16, of Boulder, sat on the quad at about 2:15 p.m., a little gun shy to pack their pipes with weed because word had spread that police were issuing tickets. Perry, who noted that he was already "pretty high," said that he started smoking pot when he was 10 years old, and that it helps curb his hyper tendencies so that he can concentrate in class. He looked out at the campus and said that pot brings people together as a community. Click on any photo to see full gallery "It should be legalized because it makes people in a better mood," he said. He added that people don't overdose and die from marijuana like they do alcohol. Perry was wearing a T-shirt that said "It's always 4:20 in Boulder" and he had a green marijuana leaf drawn on his cheek. Miles said that marijuana helps her cope with her Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. "When I'm high, I can concentrate and learn better," she said. In the hours leading up to today's annual, and very much unsanctioned, 4/20 marijuana smoke-out, the quad was mostly empty of pot enthusiasts. But Tony Schindel, 28, arrived early -- in his bath robe, a green beaded necklace and a cannabis-themed T-shirt. He and his friends packed pipes and pre-rolled marijuana cigars. This is his first 4/20 in Boulder, he said, after moving from Texas last year. "I'm hoping it's a lot of calm people here having a good time," said Schindel, who supports marijuana legalization. A man on a bike is circling the quad wishing everybody a "happy 4/20." Officers have shooed away a group of young people with T-shirts for sale because they don't have vending licenses. Police and event staff are stationed on the field. This year, officials have placed numbers on the light posts, possibly to estimate the crowd size or better locate people if problems arise. CU police Cmdr. Tim McGraw declined to comment on the purpose of the numbering. The university contracted with Argus Event Staffing to help control the anticipated crowd, which in recent years has numbered about 10,000. The workers are making sure no one without official CU business is parking on campus and that revelers don't aimlessly wander into campus buildings. CU spokesman Hilliard said that the unsanctioned smoke-out costs the university $50,000 in parking, security and other related costs. Campus leaders sent an e-mail to students Monday asking them not to attend the 4/20 event because it's costly to the university, and it denigrates degrees and contributes to CU's party school reputation. Last week, Playboy magazine ranked CU the No. 1 party school in the country, partly because of the annual 4/20 gathering. Source: Colorado Daily (Boulder, CO)Author: Brittany Anas, Camera Staff WriterPublished: April 20, 2011Copyright: 2011 New Colorado Daily, Inc.Contact: letters coloradodaily.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by rustyfugger on April 21, 2011 at 16:00:57 PT:
CU Smoke Out
Wouldn't it be great to do something, but in a much larger scale, like this in Washington DC? The 2 million person smoke out. 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 21, 2011 at 10:05:55 PT
'Out There Guy' 420 2011 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 20, 2011 at 17:21:27 PT
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