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Today’s annual Colorado gathering of mile-high stoners can expect to face a “conciliatory” crackdown.
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Marijuana legalization is one thing. Stoned kids — including no doubt many walking the few blocks up the street from Boulder High School — on a taxpayer-funded campus on a day when classes are taking place is something else entirely.
To be sure, there are plenty of CU students who oppose the 4/20 narcissistic haze. Andrew Trujillo, a junior, created a Facebook page called “Stay classy CU” that has 600 students joining to express their displeasure with the event by dressing well on Friday (presumably quite a sacrifice for most CU undergrads).
The debate among students is well summarized by two comments on the page. Point, Jane Miller: “putting on a tie doesn’t make you classy, smoking pot doesn’t make you un-classy. p.s. suits are equipped with the ultimate stash pockets.” (Her parents must be so proud; at least she’s paying the in-state tuition rate.) Counter-point, Sarah Marie Bowles: “It becomes MY problem when employers ask about 4/20 and associate this institution with marijuana (which is still illegal). It becomes MY problem when the campus is flooded with people who are clearly not CU students, many of them even high schoolers. The fact is, public image DOES matter. CU is about more than thousands of people smoking pot in one place. It’s time to show people that.”
As is typical of Boulder, even the “hard line” position is squishy, with CU Vice Chancellor Frances Draper saying, “We will be enforcing this, but we plan to do it in a conciliatory way.” That’s probably all that will be necessary, and not only due to would-be attendees too mellow to put up much of a fight.
Instead, it is because a student group has arranged a concert to run from 2 PM to 6 PM — with a clever requirement that students must be inside the Coors Event Center by 4 PM. The concert headliner: Wyclef Jean, the one-time candidate for the presidency of Haiti who has been hit with over $2 million in tax liens by the IRS in the past half-decade (none of which for student loan debt), who, when asked about the 4/20 pot-smoking “holiday,” responded, “For me that’s an everyday holiday.”
Norlin Quad may be closed, but the Coors Event Center is open — and without the benefits of a breeze to blow away the exhalations of a few thousand stoned future leaders of America.
Within the friendly confines of a pot-smoke-filled arena and considering his profanity-laced 2006 tirade against President George W. Bush, including suggesting that “President Bush needs to smoke marijuana,” there’s no doubt that Mr. Jean will feel right at home at CU-Boulder.
As for me, I plan to stay far away from both the perma-stoned tax-dodger and the fish-fertilized lawn.
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