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Well, 4/20 is over and done in Boulder, and this year without as much "fog." In my article last week, I talked about how the university was threatening to crack down on the event. These threats proved to be validated.Police officers were deployed throughout campus and signs that said, "violators subject to criminal prosecution," were posted on seemingly every lamppost. The school said that they expected to pay double what they paid last year which was $55,000 in their efforts of preventing the event.
Norlin Quad: The former location of the 4/20 event. Police closed off the field and the school applied fish fertilizer on 4/20 to prevent people from gathering
Only three people were arrested with one marijuana ticket given out.
But that didn't mean that students put up with the restrictions. A long protest march went through campus and ended on a small field where 700 students gathered. Protestors were chanting and had signs of slogans such as, "Our school, our rights." 300 of these students still smoked...on campus.
One of the other failures from the day was the school's attempt at providing an alternative event: the Wyclef Jean concert. Around $115,000 was spent on providing the concert. Only about 900 people showed in the 11,000 seat Coors Event Center. In the video above, it is very clear how empty the arena is. Wyclef Jean even broke his contract with the school and mentioned 4/20 (Under the contract he was not allowed to.) For how much money and effort was put into this concert, I'd say it was a failure.
The school may have succeeded in decreasing the size of the event, but they certainly did not eliminate it. I find it very ironic that in spite of the increased security and funding, 300 people were still able to smoke on campus. This may be a much smaller number than last year, but I don't know too many schools where even this many people would be able to smoke in plain sight on campus. For the amount of money and effort the school put into preventing the event, I expected a complete prevention. It should be interesting to see what steps the school and its student take in participation of 4/20 in years to come.
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