Just Being Blunt: 4/20 at CU Boulder. ~ Lindsay McClure

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on Apr 20, 2011
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So you get it by now.

I am assuming you don’t live under a humongous rock but if so today is 4/20 which leaves participants celebrating a “holidaze.” In my town of Boulder, Colorado, thousands flock to Norlin Quad on the CU campus to get high.

Now there are many different views on this event from the skeptics, students, police and community. However, I was there—I have a conclusion.

People were smoking pot and from my opinion it was completely controlled and peaceful.

When people choose to smoke marijuana they are not beating each other up or driving drunk which are proven side affects of alcohol. The legal substance has been proven to be one of the contributing factors in such felonies and misdemeanors among all sorts of ages, race and genders. I am not even going to get into the legalization of marijuana but I’ll just say the event was extremely relaxed.

The University of Colorado at Boulder sent students this email two days before today’s activity:

Dear CU-Boulder students:

What you need to know about the 420 gathering at CU Boulder:

— It is expensive to manage at a time when the University’s funding is being cut back.

— It attracts many visitors to the campus to participate who have nothing to do with the University and frequently do not have its best interests at heart.

— It denigrates the value of your degree by helping to label CU Boulder as a party school.

— It makes it difficult or impossible for some students and faculty to fulfill their mission here of learning and teaching.

— It not an effective act of civil disobedience and has largely become a party.

— Given these negative impacts on our University and campus, we ask you not to attend.

What you also need to know about the 420 gathering:

— Police will focus on public safety, crowd and traffic flow, however:

— Please note that anyone using marijuana on campus on the day of the event can receive a citation pursuant to federal, state, and local laws.

— This includes using marijuana while going to or from the 420 event, using it in the direct presence of law enforcement officials anywhere on campus, or using it in residence halls or university buildings, which is expressly prohibited.

— In addition, CU students ticketed for marijuana use will face sanctions in the Office of Student Conduct that could, should such a citation mark a second drug or alcohol offense, subject those students to suspension from the university.

— Participants in 420 should be aware that officers will be looking for intoxicated individuals (alcohol and open containers are prohibited on campus), as well as for those causing a disturbance, and citations will be issued for these offenses as well.

I am all about freedom of speech and one cannot refute that this a classic example. With such large numbers of people, I do think having police officials around is completely understandable and necessary. And honestly, the event is about smoking weed not drinking so it’s unfortunate that some people feel the need to and by doing so, result in a large part of the arrests and citations described. As a student, I think it is respectful to read the email. However, it should also be respected that one can craft their own opinion. Isn’t this what were supposed learn in school? Maybe not in chemistry or calculus but in life. To each their own about what they feel about 4/20 at CU, if they approve or disapprove; what would the world be without disagreements?

So did this email affect any students from going out and lighting an 8-gram blunt? Maybe not.

Check it out for yourself:

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Lindsay resides in Boulder, Colorado where she is studying Journalism and Environmental Studies as an undergrad at the University of Colorado.

She is a true Aries, and her aura colors are violet/yellow. Lindsay spends most of her time with her best friend, a 5-year-old Siberian Husky/wolf mix, Nanuk.

They can be seen climbing, running, and biking the paths of Boulder. She believes in environmentalism, jelly beans and green tea.


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8 Responses to “Just Being Blunt: 4/20 at CU Boulder. ~ Lindsay McClure”

  1. Naive question but critical question from a total outsider.

    Does any of this pot come from Mexico?

  2. elephantjournal says:

    I don't know much about this but I think where pot is more or less legal, like in LA or Boulder, dispensaries can get permits to grow their own, so most is local. Where it's more or less illegal, probs a lot is still local, but probs less. ~ Waylon

  3. TamingAuthor says:

    Bob, it seems you are asking about this consequence:

    Waylon, nice try but California is home to plenty of nasty drug gangs.

    Spoke with a fellow student in yoga the other day. Wonderful, kind older gentleman. (Like me. :>) ) He had just been forced to put his son out of the house. After starting with marijuana, he turned to heroin. Was trashing the place. Another dear friend sits in my kitchen and shakes his head in misery, as his son has become a stoner, tossing away every opportunity that comes his way. Major cool kid with all kind of opportunity…now being cool with the mob. The list goes on and on…

    As a student at CU I made the same arguments as the guest writer Lindsay. And today I might argue a similar theme, except the self-indulgence of getting stoned seems so weak, such a waste. There is so much to be done, so many worthwhile efforts in which to invest time and energy, that standing around in a crowd getting stoned …. why not try to get outside yourself and ask the hard questions of what life is about and what you should be doing. Does getting stoned bring joy or healing into the life of another?

    Waylon, get some projects going in Boulder! Use elephant to promote the path to enlightenment, not the descent into stupor. Turn that celebration into a protest against the death and destruction and beheading and torture of the Mexican drug cartels. You can do it. Take pictures of beheaded and tortured victims and post them around the perimeter of the quad and have the assembled students try to get high off that…. one year with a hundred picture on posters and the event will be over and CU students will consider doing something a bit more healing with their lives.

  4. I only agree with a small part of Greg's sweeping conclusions here, but I find nothing at all disrespectful about his tone or unfair about his questions here. I believe Elephant and Boulder would do well to address this issue head-on, as Greg has aggressively, but reasonably, challenged you to do.

  5. Andy says:

    Nobody smokes anything but the diggitty dank, chronic kind bud in Boulder. There are pot stores everywhere, where if you have your easily procured card, you can go in and choose from the fluffiest, most crystalline, freshest pot. Pretty sure the vaaaaast majority does not come from Mexico.

  6. Travis May says:

    It isn't the people smoking weed who are the problem regarding the drug gangs in Mexico. It's all of the people who profit by keeping it illegal, and putting people in jail for bullshit.

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