BOULDER, Colo. – The University of Colorado announced Friday that it will close the entire Boulder campus to visitors on April 20 to try and quash the annual mass marijuana smoke-out.
Students, faculty and staff will still be allowed on campus, but “unauthorized non-affiliates” will not.
“The gathering disrupts teaching and research right in the heart of the campus,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “The size of the crowd has become unmanageable, and limits our faculty, staff and students from getting to class, entering buildings and doing their basic work. It needs to end.”
Students, faculty, staff and all CU-Boulder affiliates will need their Buff OneCard IDs to get on and around, the campus, the school said. Those cited for trespassing face punishment of up to six months in jail and a $750 fine.
Norlin Quad, where the smoke-out is typically held, will be closed to everyone, including students.
The 4/20 pot fest has drawn up to 10,000 people in recent years.