DENVER — The University of Colorado Boulder will again lock out the general public on Saturday, April 20 this year in an effort to blunt the impact of 4/20 festivities on students and faculty.
The CU-Boulder police department announced Monday in a media release that the campus will be closed to “non-affiliates” through 6 p.m. on April 20, with officers checking IDs and issuing trespassing citations around the school. Any outsiders with official business at CU will need to apply for a visitor’s pass, the release stated.
“We are committed to ending the unwelcome 4/20 gathering on the CU-Boulder campus, and this year’s approach represents the continuance of a multi-year plan to achieve that end,” CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said. “What’s important here is the protection of CU’s missions of research, teaching and service. This isn’t about marijuana or drug laws. It’s about not disrupting the important work of a world-class university.”
DiStefano added that the passage of Amendment 64 by Colorado voters last year “does not make marijuana legal on the CU-Boulder campus” – a claim that many backers of the law would likely dispute.
An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 marijuana enthusiasts gathered on campus in 2011, the last year the school remained open on 4/20.
Campus life is slated to go on as normal during the event, but ID checkpoints and stepped-up police enforcement were almost certain to slow down public transportation and traffic on local roads.