On Friday, the news surrounding CU Boulder's 4/20 smokeout went from bad to worse as the university has announced that all
"unauthorized non-affiliates" will be turned away this Friday in efforts to manage the potential disruption on the campus' Norlin Quad.
Earlier this month, news broke that rally-goers would be ticketed for any marijuana-smoking.
The announcement can be seen on the university's website. A CU Colorado ID will be needed by all faculty and students to get on campus, and violators face up to six months in jail and a $750 fine. To clarify - those punishments are simply for tresspassing on the campus, not for actual possession of marijuana.
In fact, anyone found on the Norlin Quad lawn on 4/20 can be given a ticket. "Anyone, regardless of campus affiliation, who enters these areas may face a ticket for trespassing," says the university's press release.
As well, a special registration program has been set up for those participating in official CU events, "academic meetings, symposia, conferences or other officially sanctioned activities."
Cannabis Health News Magazine calls this ban "unconstitutional" on the grounds that the recent threats of ticketing rally-goers and banning (and arresting) visitors is a violation of the right to protest. This hinges on whether, of course, the rally is seen as a recreational get-together or a protest.
"It is strange how law enforcement has stepped up their threats and how they refuse to protect the will of the people," says the article on Cannabis Health News Magazine, "especially as we head towards November’s elections and a vote to possibly legalize Cannabis in Colorado."
The Daily Camera reports that the Occupy Boulder movement is arranging a 4/20 Protest, preceded by a "Know your rights Seminar" on Thursday the 19th.
You can read more about the Occupy Boulder 4/20 Protest on their page on Facebook.