Despite Amendment 64, CU-Boulder still plans to snuff 4/20 smoke-out

By: BRITTANY ANAS
November 8, 2012
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photo - Thousands exhale as the clock hits 4:20 p.m. April 20, 2010, on Norlin Quad at the University of Colorado. (Boulder Daily Camera) Photo by
Thousands exhale as the clock hits 4:20 p.m. April 20, 2010, on Norlin Quad at the University of Colorado. (Boulder Daily Camera) Photo by  

The University of Colorado still plans to make sure thousands of pot smokers don't gather April 20, despite the passage of a statewide measure legalizing marijuana.

Bronson Hilliard, spokesman for the Boulder campus, said the 4/20 smoke-out causes a disruption at CU, which is the heart of the problem.

"A large, 10,000- or 12,000-person, uncontrolled smoke-out on the campus is a huge physical disruption to our operation," he said. "Marijuana, legal or not legal, was never the issue for us. It was an issue of forcing us to accommodate a crowd that large in the academic heart of the campus, while there is teaching and research going on."

Last year, CU took unprecedented steps to snuff the smoke-out -- closing the campus to visitors and entirely shutting down the Norlin Quad, which staged the annual marijuana rally.

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